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Marble Falls defense shines in Boerne game

Marble Falls junior linebacker Robert Atkinson growls and pumps his fist after the Mustangs stop the Boerne Greyhounds during the Marble Falls victory 14-13 on Sept. 11. Photo by Diana Cox


BOERNE — The Marble Falls High School football team was leading Boerne High 14-13 on Sept. 11, and then it was lights out. Literally.

Four minutes into the fourth quarter, the lights at Boerne Independent School District Stadium began to flicker, and play was stopped with the Boerne Greyhounds (2-0) at the Mustangs’ 26-yard line on third-and-10.

But during the two-minute delay, an electric pole caught on fire, completely darkening the stadium. Five minutes later, coaches and officials decided to end the game.

According to University Interscholastic League rules for non-district football games, each team can decide whether to count the contest in its overall record. Marble Falls officials were undecided as of the end of the contest.

The evening began with a 45-minute lightning delay, and both teams used the opening quarter to find their offensive rhythms.

But midway through the second quarter, the Greyhounds took the lead when sophomore kicker Wil Herbst connected on a 38-yard field goal with 7 minutes 6 seconds remaining.

The Mustangs, who showed the ability to move the ball during the half but suffered penalties that stalled drives, answered immediately. Junior quarterback Cade Cool connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Dalton Mayberry. That capped a nine-play, 65-yard drive in 3:41 for a 7-3 lead with 3:17 remaining in the half.

In the third quarter, Boerne used a Mustang fumble to get more points. This time, Herbst connected on a 29-yard field goal to trim the deficit to 7-6 with 10:10 left in the third quarter.

Marble Falls answered with its longest pass play of the season, an 83-yard touchdown throw from Cool to senior receiver Eric Cauble for a 14-6 lead with 5:32 left in the third.

Boerne senior linebacker Tristan Ruiz returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown, though the Greyhounds still trailed 14-13 with 3:24 remaining in the third quarter.

And that’s how the game ended.

The Mustangs defense held Boerne to 116 yards of total offense. Meanwhile, the Marble Falls offense had 308 yards of total offense.

Marble Falls welcomes Cedar Park Vista Ridge at 7:30 p.m. Sept.18 to Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls, in the District 25-5A opener for both squads. Tune in to KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune or at under “Marble Falls football” to listen to the game. A pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m.

Pick up a free copy of this week’s The Picayune for full game stats and preview of the Sept. 18 contest.