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Marble Falls football shows progress in scrimmage against ranked Lampasas

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Marble Falls receiver Caleb Cuplin turned a catch into a 35-yard gain on the opening drive of a scrimmage against Lampasas on August 16. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography


The Marble Falls Mustangs football team learned how well they’re progressing on new offensive and defensive schemes. The lessons came in a scrimmage August 16 against the Lampasas Badgers, a squad ranked in the top 10 in many preseason polls.

The hosting Badgers outscored the Mustangs 3-2 in the controlled portion of the scrimmage and 14-0 in the 15-minute live quarter.

New Marble Falls head coach Brian Herman noted plenty of good moments for the Mustangs as well as areas that need work.

At the top of the list of good things were the touchdowns the slot-T offense produced.

“I was happy we scored,” he said. “I was really hoping we would. (Lampasas is) highly ranked.”

The Mustangs scored first in the controlled portion when Keaton Rodriguez ran to pay dirt from 6 yards out.

Lampasas tied the contest an on 11-yard scamper then added another score when quarterback Ace Whitehead sprinted 65 yards to the end zone.

On the following Marble Falls drive, senior fullback Gabe Barker sprinted 22 yards to the end zone.

Lampasas answered with a 2-yard touchdown run.

The Badgers scored twice in the live quarter. The first score took four plays as Lampasas exploded for pass completions of 20, 15, and 28 yards. The Badgers only needed 2 minutes 19 seconds to find the end zone. The second scoring drive needed eight plays and ended with an 8-yard touchdown toss. Both drives covered 65 yards.

The Mustangs ended the scrimmage on explosive plays by senior running back Andrew Rodriguez, who ran for 10 yards, and sophomore quarterback Jake Becker, who scampered for 16 yards.

Herman said he was happy to face Lampasas.

“(Lampasas) has a lot of kids back, a couple of backs, and good receivers,” Herman said. “We were able to see a good spread attack. There’s lots of things that need to be corrected.”

Offensively, the Mustangs had several false starts among both offensive linemen and skill players.

“On offensive line, we have to get better,” Herman said. “We have to be people movers. We want to do a better job getting (running backs) the right crease. It’s a different style of play.”

Still, Herman noted, as the scrimmage wore on, the mental lights turn on for the running backs.

“Our backs finally started to see the creases,” he said. “I saw them trying to stick holes. The offensive line started throwing some holes that were huge. I wasn’t disappointed with any of them.”

He singled out Barker, Rodriguez, and Hayden Hoover.

“I like Gabe Barker’s power attack,” he said. “(Rodriguez) started to find those creases; he’s going to be electric. Hoover … wanted to get positive yardage.”

Herman also credited Becker in finding Warren Cuplin, Jett Huffman, Caleb Cuplin, and Sam May on passing plays.

“We had some big catches for first downs,” he said.

Herman commended the defense’s attitude and mentality.

“They play tough and fast,” he said. “They don’t get discouraged easily.”

Marble Falls faces Liberty Hill at 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 23, at Panther Stadium, 16500 Texas 29 West, in its final scrimmage.

The regular season opens August 30 when the Mustangs host Fischer Canyon Lake at Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Listen to Mustang games on KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune or at starting with the Coach’s Roundup at 6:30 p.m. and a pregame show at 7 p.m.

1 thought on “Marble Falls football shows progress in scrimmage against ranked Lampasas

  1. Interesting write up of the scrimmage… many things were left out and the Mustangs got completely dominated. Lampasas is a 4A program and the article paints a picture as if they are a powerhouse in that division. Their recent success does not warrant these overblown comments. The Mustangs fumbled the ball countless times, had too many offsides penalties and would’ve had 2 players thrown out of the game and at least 3 other personal foul calls. The sub-varsity teams looked slow, undisciplined and turned the ball over every third snap. No reason to make excuses for the lack of competitiveness and fight. Herman got hired in April and has had plenty of time to install this “revolutionary offense” and new defense. As a faithful Mustang parent I was not impressed by the low numbers and lack of control over the teams. This hire is working out about as good as the “gold” turf. Nice job Marble Falls on the hire, turf blunder and continual lies by our administrative leaders. I for one miss the old staff and head coach. I wish the Mustangs all the best but don’t see many wins in the immediate future.

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