Marble Falls High School receiver Peyton Emery has a short gain on a pass as he’s tackled by Armand Pierre.
JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School football team ended the first week of fall training in full pads for a best-on-best scrimmage Aug. 7.
Junior quarterback Cade Cool took all the snaps, and the Mustangs ran about the same number of run plays and pass plays as they went through their base offense and defense for about an hour.
Dalton Mayberry and Austin Pegues lined up at running back, but Pegues also went to slot receiver. Jacob Metcalf and Sam Harkins were among Cool’s top targets.
Metcalf scored on a 66-yard touchdown, while Harkins had an 80-yard reception.
The defense gave up a handful of explosive plays, but only one was on the ground when Mayberry scampered for 19 yards.
Head coach Matt Green said he was pleased with what he saw on both sides of the ball.
“The effort is fine,” he said. “They were physical.”
Typically, defenses need another practice or two to get used to tackling, but that wasn’t the case with the Mustangs, he said.
“They tackled well,” he said. “I was surprised.”
Green said the players experienced a productive first week of practice, noting the athletes are tired after arriving at the field house before sunrise on most days and being out on the field to stretch as residents are on their way to work.
“We’ve made lots of progress, especially knowledgewise,” he said. “You go through the week, it’s hot. At the beginning of the week, your legs are fresh. At the end, they’re not.”
The Mustangs had three days of weightlifting sessions, usually at the end of their field work, which contributed to the energy level.
He said the second week will be as critical as the first as the players continue to get ready for the season opener at Burnet at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29.
“I’m proud of our kids,” he said. “We’re building.”