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Mustangs losing Wooten brothers

Marble Falls High School junior quarterback Brennen Wooten follows the blocks of senior offensive lineman Drake Harkins during the Mustangs’ 60-43 win against San Antonio Jay on Sept. 6. Photo by Virgil Belk/Hill Country Sports Images

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — On his drive back from San Angelo on Dec. 1, Josh Wooten, the father of Marble Falls High School junior quarterback Brennen Wooten and sophomore receiver Aaron Wooten, made two phone calls.

The first was to his wife, Leanne, and the other was to Marble Falls athletic director and head football coach Matt Green to relay the same news.

The family will relocate to San Angelo during the Christmas holiday for his job in the oil-and-gas field.

“Most people don’t know I drive to San Angelo every day, a five-hour trip,” Josh Wooten said. “(My company) would like for me to be in my territory and live in my territory. It’s time for me to come back. I fought it up until now.”

Brennen Wooten, who committed to play for Texas Christian University in July, holds almost every Marble Falls passing record in school history.

He has thrown for 6,312 yards, 54 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 20 games. He also has 120 carries for 563 yards and 11 touchdowns. This season, he thew for 3,218 yards, which broke his old single-season passing record.

A pro-style quarterback, he is rated as high as No. 8 in the country in that category and is the No. 25 best player in the state in the 2016 class.

Younger brother, Aaron, caught 17 passes for 212 yards and four touchdowns in four games played. He suffered an injury that forced him to miss part of the season.

Josh Wooten made it clear the only reason they are moving is because of his career, not because of the coaching change in May or being unhappy with school’s academics or athletic department.

“My work has been trying to get me to move back for some time,” Josh Wooten said. “Had (Marble Falls Independent School District) not hired Green, I would have left already.

“Marble Falls is extremely fortunate to have him and his staff,” he added. “They know what it takes to be a good football team and program, what it takes to take Marble Falls to (a championship) level. That staff is a better fit than the other staffs we’ve had in the past. Brennen is a better quarterback because of coach Green. He’ll owe a lot to coach Green.”

He was equally enthusiastic about co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Robert Coplin.

“He knows how to guide Aaron in a way that makes him better,” Josh Wooten said. “I think Aaron’s football IQ was enhanced because of those coaches. It’s what Aaron needed.”

Josh Wooten realizes what it means to leave Marble Falls.

“My wife loves it here,” he said. “We’ve made great friends. My boys love it here. This is the only place my boys have ever been to high school. People have gone out of their way to treat them with respect. Marble Falls is very high on the list as far as the best places to raise a family.”

Brennen and Aaron Wooten will attend San Angelo Central High School, though the family has not yet met school administrators. Josh Wooten said Central, a member of District 3-6A, faces competition he believes will prepare his sons for playing on the next level.

Still, those phone calls were not easy to make, Josh Wooten said, noting Brennen and Green have a great relationship. He has watched the two work together on the practice fields, during ball games and off the field in an effort to make the quarterback even better.

“I think coach Green does a good job with that,” he said. “Brennen is a huge sponge. Coach Green knows how the position is to be played.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com