Marble Falls extends winning streak over Burnet with dramatic victory

Marble Falls sophomore quarterback Brennen Wooten looks downfield for a receiving target during the first half of the Mustangs' football game at Burnet on Sept. 13. Photo by Diana Cox

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE SPORTS

BURNET — The Marble Falls-Burnet High School football games have plenty of drama when they’re played at Bulldog Field.

The one played Sept. 13 was no different. Leading 56-49, Marble Falls (2-1) forced a Burnet (2-1) fumble on fourth and 11, recovered it and gave up a safety on the final play of the contest to ensure a 56-51 victory.The Mustangs extended their winning streak over the Bulldogs to three.

Leading the charge was sophomore quarterback Brennen Wooten and senior receiver Garrett Gray. Wooten completed 35 of 47 passes for 409 yards and six touchdown passes. Gray caught 14 passes for 202 yards and five touchdown receptions.

“It feels great,” Gray said. “It always feels good to beat Burnet. We were going to score every time. We were taking whatever they gave us.”

Senior receiver J.T. Watson caught the other Wooten touchdown pass, while senior running back Keith Jerome had two touchdown runs.

But Watson’s biggest contribution was recovering the last fumble of the night, ensuring the Mustangs of victory.

“I’m so proud of him,” Gray said.

Marble Falls senior receiver Garrett Gray turns upfield after a catch in the first half of the Mustangs' 56-51 victory against Burnet. Photo by Diana Cox
Marble Falls senior receiver Garrett Gray turns upfield after a catch in the first half of the Mustangs’ 56-51 victory against Burnet. Photo by Diana Cox

The contest couldn’t have had a better start. Burnet won the toss and elected to receive. Marble Falls hit the kick returner so hard he fumbled. Five plays later, Jerome ran in from the 1 yard-line for the touchdown.

On the ensuing kickoff, Burnet decided to do a handoff. But the result was the same: the Mustangs hit the ball carrier so hard he fumbled. On the offensive drive, Gray caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Wooten for a 14-0 lead.

After the kickoff, the Burnet offense took the field and reached the Marble Falls 2. On fourth down, the Bulldogs attempted an 18-yard field goal that was blocked by senior Aidin Parnell.

Burnet senior receiver Blayne Parisher caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Derek Kiser to get on the board with 1 minute 48 seconds left in the first quarter.

Down 21-7, Kiser hit Parisher for a six-yard touchdown and then Brock Foster for a 50-yard bomb to pull within 21-20.

Gray caught his 19-yard touchdown pass from Wooten on the last play of the half for 28-20 lead.

That was the first of five consecutive touchdowns for Marble Falls.

“Against La Grange, we didn’t score enough points,” Marble Falls head coach Todd Dodge said. “Our kids got better on defense, as high-scoring as it was. Both teams were explosive. I have tremendous respect for (Burnet head coach) Kurt Jones and his players: Trenton Hafley, Blayne Parisher, Kody Hall and Derek Kiser. They have every reason to believe they should be successful, to get it done this year.”

Kiser completed 30 passes for 372 yards and five touchdowns. Senior running back Trenton Hafley had 21 rushes for 146 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 15 yards and a touchdown. Parisher finished with nine catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

Marble Falls welcomes Boerne Champion 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 to Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive.

Burnet travels to Canyon Lake, 8555 FM 32 in Fischer, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20.

jfierro@thepicayune.com