MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School varsity 7-on-7 football team concluded its weekly series with Llano on June 26 with 19-6 and 19-13 wins.
Mustang Ishiah Carson was back in the lineup and accounted for several touchdown receptions. Carson Bowen caught another from quarterback Mike Richardson. Keith Jerome and and Aidin Parnell also scored touchdowns.
“Ishiah Carson has come to be a threat,” Marble Falls defensive coordinator Keith Hendrix said. “He’s going to surprise people. He’s that deceptive guy.”
Llano scored on its last possession of the evening, a 15-yard toss to Isaac Hutto from quarterback Layton Rabb. Hutto also caught the only touchdown in the first game, while Sawyer Stiles caught the other touchdown.
Hendrix said the Mustangs (11-1-1) accomplished much of what they needed in the four-week series.
“The kids are playing hard, they’re doing everything we’ve asked them to do,” he said. “They’re starting to understand what we wanted them to do. That’s why we’re doing this.”
Of course, Mustang players realize the championships they want the most aren’t earned until the fall, Hendrix said, but that doesn’t mean they don’t believe they can’t get a good start.
Defensively, the Mustangs didn’t give up more than an average of 12 points a game and gave up 20 points in a single contest once. The defense recorded some interceptions and had some knockdowns.
But the important factor for Mustang coaches was seeing the defense catch on to the schemes, Hendrix said.
Marble Falls’ Steven Petrosky and Efrain Perez led in interceptions, though they weren’t the only ones to grab picks.
Linebackers Brian Shrubar and Brennan Parker were consistent in their play the past four weeks, the coach said.
Some players are learning new positions and used 7-on-7 to understand their roles. Others are fighting for starting jobs, Hendrix said.
Richardson took every snap and spread the ball to a variety of receivers.
As the weeks passed, the quarterback and receivers’ comfort level was better and the routes were crisper.
“Mike was doing a great job on his reads,” Hendrix said. “He’s one of those guys I think of as Mr. Reliable.”
The Mustangs went 2-1 in pool play at the San Antonio Churchill state-qualifying tournament June 23.
Losing to Weslaco 38-23 to begin pool play was the difference in moving on to the semifinals because Weslaco, Marble Falls and Georgetown each had 2-1 records.
Since Georgetown already qualified for state, the tiebreaker was how Weslaco and the Mustangs did against each other and Central Catholic.
Marble Falls beat Central Catholic 34-27 in overtime to go 1-1, while Weslaco was 2-0.