JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — Two weeks of preparation will be on display at Mustang Stadium on Oct. 9 when the Marble Falls High School football team welcomes Georgetown at 7:30 p.m.
The contest, which also is homecoming for the Mustangs, will be played on the high school campus, 2101 Mustang Drive. Listen to the game on KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune or at KBEYFM.com under “Football: Marble Falls Mustangs” starting with a pregame show at 6:30 p.m.
Head coach Matt Green said the Mustangs are looking forward to returning to the field after enjoying an open date last week. That allowed the players to rest, getting in extra tutoring, getting healthy and working on fundamentals.
“It always helps when you feel you have most of your players ready to play this Friday night,” he said. “They were going since the start of August. We really had no time off. Our kids are up here a bunch. They spend a lot of time in the film room or on the practice field, so it was good to see them get a little bit of a mental and physical break. I think we got a lot accomplished.”
The two teams find themselves with the same 0-2 District 25-5A record. And Green said the Mustangs recognize the opportunity that earning a victory gives them.
“You want to play well every week,” he said. “For us to get back in the playoff picture, we’re going to have to win games. I think we’ll have a good showing Friday night. I’m excited for the opportunity.”
The Eagles (3-2) are led by quarterback Chandler Herman, a first-year starter, who has completed 76 passes for 984 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions and has 46 carries for 170 yards and three touchdowns.
Running back Dakota Cahill and receiver Jo’vonta Grimble, both seniors, return. Cahill has 66 rushes for 428 yards and eight touchdowns, and Grimble has 27 receptions for 473 yards and four touchdowns.
“They have a big tall quarterback who can throw,” Green said. “He can actually run a little bit as well. They have the exact same receiving corps back, and they have their running back back. They, on offense, look similar with the exception of the quarterback. There have been games where they lit people up.”
For the season, the Eagles are averaging 186 rushing yards and 205 passing yards, which illustrates the desire to be a balanced offense, Green said.
“They want to keep you guessing. They want to keep you off balance and honest,” he said. “The way you do that is to be 50-50. They’ve been that in most of their games. I would anticipate they will definitely try to establish the run, but don’t make any mistake, they have weapons in the receiver positions, so they’ll throw it as well.”
During pre-district, the Eagles were outscoring opponents 39-21; in district play, that has dropped to them being outscored 40-15.
Green said much of that goes back to the strength of the district and who Georgetown has faced. The Eagles opened play with a 34-24 loss to Leander when the Lions made a quarterback change on Sept. 18. On Sept. 25, Georgetown lost 47-7 to Cedar Park High, the No. 1 ranked-team in the state in Class 5A.
“Losing to Cedar Park, a lot of teams are going to do that this year,” Green said. “The Leander game was a tale of two halves. in the end, Leander made more plays to win the game. (Georgetown) feels like they’re probably in a must-win situation against us. We feel like we’re in a must-win situation against them.”
The Eagles lost almost every starter on defense from a year ago. Still, the strength of that unit is the defensive line thanks to seniors Hunter Creasy and Will May, who were lettermen in 2014.
“They have two defensive tackles who are dominant,” Green said. “They have two defensive tackles who can control the line of scrimmage. That is the strength of their defense. They have linebackers who can run. They’re not very big, they can run. Their secondary is very athletic.”