JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — Two football teams needing a District 25-5A win converged at Mustang Stadium on Oct. 9.
In the end, the Georgetown Eagles came away with a 45-7 win over the Marble Falls Mustangs after taking advantage of opportunities.
“I do feel better about this game and the way our kids played and did some things right than I did two weeks ago,” Marble Falls head coach Matt Green said, referring to the 38-10 district loss to Dripping Springs.
The Mustangs’ (2-4, 0-3) only score came on their opening drive of the second half, which covered 86 yards on 22 plays. One reason for the long drive was Marble Falls being called for holding on four straight plays.
So on fourth-and-33, the Mustangs were forced to punt. But a roughing the kicker penalty gave Marble Falls new life.
The Mustangs scored nine plays later when junior quarterback Robert Atkinson followed blockers into the end zone from one yard to trim the deficit to 28-7 with 3:11 left in the third quarter.
“I’m proud of our all of our kids,” Green said. “I thought our receivers played a good game. I thought our quarterback played a good game. I thought Robert did some really good things. We were a little more explosive at times. You could (also) see we played a new quarterback at times.”
The Marble Falls defense made the Eagles (4-2, 1-2) earn every yard. Green noted that junior Heath Dooley played his best game ever, and he was also pleased with senior defensive end Alex Roman’s efforts.
“Our defense played their tails off,” the coach said.
It took Georgetown three possessions to score with the Mustangs forcing the Eagles to punt on on their first two drives of the game.
But when they did reach the end zone, it began a streak of three consecutive touchdowns.
The first touchdown came after the Eagles recovered a Marble Falls fumble. A defensive pass interference call on third-and-12 gave Georgetown first down on the Mustangs’ four-yard line. Two plays later, Chandler Herman ran it in from three yards out. The kick by Luiz Diaz was good, and the Eagles led 7-0 with 4 minutes 46 seconds left in the first quarter.
The next touchdown came after a Marble Falls punt when Herman found receiver Beau Corrales on a 33-yard strike for a 14-0 lead with 41 seconds remaining in the first. The play completed a 69-yard drive in 2:02.
After a Mustangs turnover on downs, the Eagles scored their final touchdown of the first half thanks to a corner catch in the end zone by receiver Jo’Vanta Grimbles, who caught the pass from Herman in double coverage for a 21-0 lead with 6:46 left in the second quarter. The seven-play drive covered 63 yards in 2:36.
A 62-yard kickoff return and penalty put the Eagles on the Marble Falls 13-yard line to begin the second half. It took Georgetown three plays to score. Corrales caught a two-yard pass from Herman in the end zone for a 28-0 lead with 11:35 left in the third quarter.
After the Marble Falls touchdown, Georgetown immediately answered when running back Jamel Powell scored on a 33-yard scamper for a 35-7 lead with 1:27 left in the third.
Herman called his own number and hit paydirt from four yards out for a 42-7 advantage with 6:48 remaining in the contest.
Diaz finished the scoring with a 36-yard field goal for the 45-7 victory.
Marble Falls travels to Leander on Oct. 17. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Bible Stadium, 3301 S. Bagdad Road in Leander. Listen to the game on KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune or at KBEYFM.com starting with a pregame show at 6:30 p.m.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
GT – Chandler Herman three-yard run (Luiz Diaz kick), 4:46
GT – Beau Corrales 33-yard pass from Herman (Diaz kick), :41
GT – Jo’Vonta Grumbles 17-yard pass from Herman (Diaz kick), 6:46
GT – Corrales two-yard catch from Herman (Diaz kick), 11:35
MF – Robert Atkinson one-yard run (Gavino Tinajera kick), 3:11
GT – Jamel Powell 33-yard run (Diaz kick), 1:27
GT – Herman four-yard run (Diaz kick), 6:48
GT – Diaz 36-yard field goal, 2:30
Georgetown — first downs, 17; total yards, 283; rushes-yards, 29-96; passing, 187; interceptions, 1; comp-att-int, 21-27-1; fumbles-lost, 0-0; penalties-yards, 5-50
Marble Falls — first downs, 11; total yards, 211; rushes-yards, 28-85; passing, 126; interceptions, 0; comp-att-int, 15-31-0; fumbles-lost, 3-2; penalties-yards, 11-110
RUSHING – (Georgetown), Herman 8-7-2 TDs, Powell 9-51-1 TD, James Thomas 10-34, Frankie Durante 1-4. (Marble Falls), Sam Harkins 5-18, Dalton Mayberry 7-48, Atkinson 13-18-1 TD, Jacob Metcalf 1-(-5), Austin Pegues 1-2, Armand Pierre 1-4
PASSING – (Georgetown), Herman 21-25-187-3 TDs, Nathan Jones 0-1-1, Grimble 0-1-0. (Marble Falls), Atkinson 15-30-126, Cade Cool 0-1-0.
RECEIVING – (Georgetown), Richard Bueno 2-11, Jeff McVean 1-12, Beau Corrales 6-64-2 TD, Grimble 10-97-1 TD, Jacob Obenhaus 2-3. (Marble Falls), Metcalf 3-12, Eric Cauble 5-61, Cool 7-53