Mustangs put on show of strength in Brownwood scrimmage

Marble Falls senior receiver Zuri Buchanan hits pay dirt. Photo by Diana Cox

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE SPORTS

BROWNWOOD — After Brownwood scored on its first scrimmage drive against the Marble Falls High School football team Aug. 23, the Mustangs responded with a statement of their own.

Marble Falls senior receiver Garrett Gray looks for a running lane after he secures the ball during the scrimmage against Brownwood on Aug. 23. The Mustangs scored three times in the controlled portion and beat the Lions 17-0 during the two live quarters. Gray scored both touchdowns during the live portion. Photo by Diana Cox
Marble Falls senior receiver Zuri Buchanan hits pay dirt. Photo by Diana Cox

Marble Falls drove 70 yards and capped it with a 19-yard touchdown toss to senior receiver J.T. Watson from sophomore quarterback Brennen Wooten.

In fact the next time the Lions scored, the Mustangs answered. Marble Falls forced its will and flexed some muscle to keep the Lions out of the end zone for the rest of the controlled and live portions of the scrimmage.

Senior receiver Garrett Gray caught a short pass and ran 67 yards to the end zone just 42 seconds into the start of the live portion of the scrimmage. Gray also caught Wooten’s other touchdown pass. Kicker Alejandro Osornio was good on a 33-yard field goal attempt for the Mustang’s other points in the two quarters of live scrimmage play.

“I wanted to get my young quarterback some confidence tonight,” head coach Todd Dodge said. “I thought our offensive line, they’re a working project, but I thought we set a solid wall and let him launch the ball and get the ball distributed. I was pleased with the way we spread the ball around to our skill people.”

Senior running back Keith Jerome showed plenty of strength running through tacklers during his time on the field.

“Really did not want to run KJ (Keith Jerome) a whole lot tonight,” Dodge said. “We kind of dinked and dunked a little bit and got some big plays.”

The Marble Falls defense forced punts throughout the two quarters of the live scrimmage.

“Defensively, I thought our kids flew around, executed,” the coach said. “I thought we kept our composure, I thought we executed the things we wanted to do. Brownwood’s got some good skill-position players, got a good running back, got a good quarterback, so it was a good test for us.”

The Mustangs open the season at La Grange 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at Leopard Stadium, 820 S. Vail St. in La Grange. The game will be broadcast live on KBEY 103.9 FM.

jfierro@thepicayune.com