Managers’ friendly bet adds excitement to tonight’s Manvel-Shadow Creek game

As the Manvel Mavericks and Shadow Creek Sharks football teams enter their first-ever game against each other tonight, the result matters more than bragging rights.

To encourage friendly competition, the school principals decided to wager the game with one or two possible outcomes.

Manvel manager Aeniqua Flowers said one outcome of the bet with Shadow Creek’s Craig Rhodes could involve the losing school’s top administrator having to wear a jersey with the game’s score. Another is that the losing headmaster should learn the winner’s alma mater and sing it over the winning school’s PA system while wearing that school’s head mascot costume.

“The spirit in our building today is electric,” Flowers said on game day. “The kids are dressed in their fishing gear. Our theme today is ‘Shark Fishing’. The kids are just having a great time.

According to Flowers, students from each school have previously played together on junior high teams.

The game will take place at 7 p.m. at Freedom Field in Rosharon and will be the only high school football game in Texas to be broadcast by Bally Sports Southwest this season. It will be hosted by Texas High School Hall of Fame broadcaster Craig Way and two-time Super Bowl champion Gary Reasons.

“It’s a big deal for our district because both are strong teams,” said Renae Rives, executive director of communications for Alvin ISD.

The winning team will receive the Texas Football Days Trophy.