Marble Falls coach encouraged by performance vs. ranked Tivy

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Marble Falls High School junior running back back Sam Harkins scores on a one-yard run. Photo by Diana Cox

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER

CHERVIL — The Marble Falls High School football team ended fall training camp in a scrimmage against Kerrville Tivy on Aug. 21.

The Antlers, who are ranked in the top 10 in most of the Class 5A preseason polls, outscored the Mustangs 5-3.

Marble Falls, however, reached the Tivy two-yard line as time expired to end the scrimmage.

“Our kids played a very good opponent,” Mustangs head coach Matt Green said. “They have a lot of talent on the offensive side.”

Antlers senior quarterback Cade Dyal, who threw for more than 3,700 yards last year, found his favorite targets: senior receivers Hutch White and Carson McCoy. Both had more than 900 yards receiving a year ago.

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Marble Falls High School senior defensive back Juan Rodriguez does everything he can to keep a Kerrville Tivy player from scoring. Photo by Diana Cox

“They gave our defense some trouble,” Green said. “We saw some areas where we have to improve.”

At the top of the list is missed tackles. Green said coaches saw too many against Tivy, something that wasn’t apparent during the scrimmage against Brownwood a week earlier.

“We got exposed a little bit,” he said. “We have to shore that up on defense.”

He credited the Antlers for ball distribution and keeping multiple players involved.

On the other side, the Mustangs were able to score thanks to touchdown passes from junior quarterback Cade Cool to senior Jacob Metcalf on a 48-yard toss and to senior receiver Eric Cauble on a 30-yard throw. Junior running back Sam Harkins ran in a one-yard touchdown after Cauble caught a pass and ran it to the Tivy one-yard line.

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Marble Falls High School junior running back back Sam Harkins scores on a one-yard run. Photo by Diana Cox

In two scrimmages, Cool has thrown four touchdown passes and no interceptions.

“That’s very encouraging,” Green said. “We ran the ball pretty well. Our offense is going to get better every week.”

The Mustangs begin the regular season Aug. 28 at Burnet with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. The game is at Bulldog Field, 1000 The Green Mile.

jfierro@thepicayune.com 

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