MARBLE FALLS — Fans can get an early glimpse of the 2012 Marble Falls High School football team May 17 when the Mustangs hold the purple-and-gold spring football game.
The inter-squad scrimmage will end spring football practice.
The game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive.
New head coach Todd Dodge will divide the 110 players into two teams.
The first-string offense will face the first-string defense, while the second-string offense will meet the second-string defense.
The contest will have extra points, kickoffs and kick returns with four quarters that are at least 10 minutes each. Neither team will punt.
“We will play as much like a real game as possible,” Dodge said. “We’ll start it at 12 minutes each. If everything is all right, we’ll keep it at 12.”
During the spring drills, the first in more than a decade, the coaches worked on teaching players 60 percent of the offense and 60 percent of the defense.
Incoming senior quarterback Mike Richardson is expected to be with the first-string offense along with incoming junior receivers Garrett Gray and Aidin Parnell.
Incoming senior Brian Shrubar returned after suffering an injury to help the first-string defense.
And now that baseball season has ended, incoming seniors Saul Guzman and Stacy Heinatz also were at football practice May 14.
Fans have high hopes the Mustangs can return to the football glory days of the 1990s, and most of those are pinned on Dodge and the team he’s assembled.
Dodge, who was hired in late January, is the former University of Pittsburgh quarterbacks coach.
He also led Southlake Carroll High School to four 5A state titles from 2001-2006. Dodge was a quarterback at the University of Texas at Austin under coach Fred Akers.
The Mustangs in 2011 had a 4–6 record, playing in District 25–4A, which at the time included powerhouse teams such as Lake Travis High School.
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