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Confident Bulldogs bowl over Mustangs in 41-6 win

Burnet vs. Marble Falls

Burnet’s Jaxson Denton caught a 20-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-11 in the Bulldogs’ 41-6 win over Marble Falls on September 6. Photo by Mark Stracke


Throughout the week leading up to the Marble Falls and Burnet high school football game September 6, Bulldogs head coach Jerod Rye had one message for his players.

“We’re going to play to win,” he said.

When the clock hit triple zeroes, the Bulldogs (1-1, District 14-4A Division I) had a 41-6 victory over the Mustangs (0-2, District 13-5A Division II), and Rye had his first victory as a head coach.

His confidence was obvious in the play calling.

After winning the coin toss and deferring to the second half, the Bulldogs began the game with a squib kick, which they recovered. However, the Mustangs forced a punt.

But Burnet junior defensive back Jaxson Denton picked up a Marble Falls fumble on the Mustangs drive and scampered 15 yards for the first touchdown of the game.

Junior quarterback and place kicker Matthew Tippie faked the extra-point attempt and threw a two-point pass to senior receiver Bradyn McPherson for an 8-0 lead with 9 minutes 13 seconds left in the first quarter.

“I took a few chances here and there,” Rye said.

Marble Falls lost four fumbles and had two interceptions, while Burnet had only two lost fumbles, both in the first half.

“Burnet played faster, they played efficiently, they played with more belief,” Mustangs head coach Brian Herman said. “We started to doubt. Once it starts to steep in, it takes a team with experience, composure, and personal belief to overcome the snowballing effects. They came out in a perfect storm.”

Denton immediately followed up his fumble recovery with an interception, but the Mustangs got the ball back two plays later when they recovered a fumble.

Burnet vs. Marble Falls
Burnet’s Jaxson Denton caught a 20-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-11 in the Bulldogs’ 41-6 win over Marble Falls on September 6. Photo by Mark Stracke

The two teams played evenly until 4:09 remained in the half. Burnet had the ball on its own 11-yard line and proceeded to drive 89 yards for a touchdown that was capped when McPherson caught an 18-yard pass from Tippie for the score. The extra point was blocked, but Burnet led 14-0 at the half.

The 16-play drive took 3:32 to complete.

The Bulldogs began the second half the same as the first: with a touchdown by Denton. This time, he caught a 20-yard pass from Tippie on fourth down. The extra point was wide right, but Burnet led 20-0 with 9:45 left in the third quarter.

Rye thought Tippie found his passing rhythm in the third quarter, which was illustrated by the opening drive, which took seven plays and covered 52 yards. Tippie completed passes of 16 yards, 10 yards, and the 20-yarder to Denton.

The coach credited the Bulldogs offensive line for giving the quarterback time to throw and find other receivers.

The Burnet defense got its second touchdown when sophomore linebacker Devonte Miller tipped the ball to himself for an interception and ran to the end zone for a 27-0 lead with 5:31 left in the third quarter.

Marble Falls got on the board when junior running back Keaton Rodriguez took a toss to the left and sprinted away from tacklers for a 14-yard touchdown to trim the deficit to 27-6. The key play was a shovel pass from senior Ben Anderson to senior running back Jett Huffman on a fake punt. The play went for 43 yards.

After the teams exchanged punts and Burnet recovered a Marble Falls fumble, McPherson caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Tippie for a 34-6 lead with 36 seconds left in the third quarter.

Burnet senior running back Isaac Sanchez scored on a 7-yard run to give the Bulldogs a 41-6 lead with 7:10 left in the contest.

Tippie finished the contest with 15 of 27 completions for 148 yards and three touchdowns. McPherson caught six passes for 61 yards and two scores, and junior running back Marcus Escamilla had 17 carries for 76 yards, all unofficial.

Rodriguez had 11 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown for the Mustangs.

Rye said he was pleased with the effort of his entire squad. He commended McPherson for his two touchdowns.

“We have to do that. We have to spread the ball to other people,” he said. “We have to find ways to hurt people.”

He tipped his hat to his defense. While most will remember Denton’s and Miller’s defensive scores, the coach noted that unit excelled in defending all parts of the field and recovered four fumbles and two interceptions.

“I thought we got after them at the line of scrimmage,” he said. “We rallied to the ball.”

Herman said once the Mustangs trust and believe in themselves, they’ll get the results they want.

“We’ll get there,” he said. “We learned a lot about our kids tonight. We can’t let this spread any further.”

On September 13, Marble Falls hosts Geronimo Navarro for its homecoming contest at Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive, while Burnet welcomes Lockhart to Bulldog Field, 1400 Bulldog Stadium Drive.

Both games kick off at 7:30 p.m. Catch the Mustangs on KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune or at beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the Highland Lakes Coaches Roundup.

10 thoughts on “Confident Bulldogs bowl over Mustangs in 41-6 win

  1. Gotta say I’m with the moms. Our kids work hard on and off the field. The most important thing we can do is support all local academic, arts and sports teams. This sounds to me like some bitter former coaches still stalking the Marble Falls newspaper. The local citizens (taxpayers) stand by and support our kids. Move along boys.

  2. Don’t hate the offense, slot-t can and will put up points, but it’s a tough thing to learn. Success in year one isn’t guaranteed gotta be patient. Kids and community have to buy into a different style of play

  3. The decision to remove Hoover is long overdue. His sole job is to retain quality coaches, create a winning atmosphere and culture, and try his hardest to put winning products on the field. Hoover is failing miserably at multiple facets of his job, along with not being capable picking the right school colors to put on the football field. Stop letting the MFISD admin and Hoover cheat your kids out of the best high school athletic experience they deserve. Trust me, Marble Falls is largely seen as a joke by most outside (and probably inside) of that town as far as high school athletics go- and I don’t see that changing with what’s in place anytime soon.

  4. I will say this, my son was the Mustang quarterback the last two times we won district in football 1996 & 1998, we made the playoffs in 1997 as runner ups. I as a parent told coach David Denny, he is yours as far as football goes, he doesn’t quit something he starts. If you need him running bleachers or fire stone drills, you’ll never hear me complain about it. I also told my son quitting will be the easy’s thing you ever do in life, outside football and in football.. My son is now a coach at Lampasas after nine years coaching and teaching at Belton, he is on the other side of football. He will still tell you today, he had more impact on winning and losing as a player, Than he ever has as a coach.The numbers are down, I noticed not only in Marble Falls, but couldn’t help but notice Burnet J.V. team only suited up 18 players. This I wonder is a state wide participation decline?

  5. Lots of mustang moms getting their feelings tickled… Quit being so sensitive. How about encouraging these young people and offering a hand of support; they obviously are in need of help. Offense is scoring 3 points a game thus far and are preparing for ‘the real games that count’ when district starts next week, according to David Rogers. Sounds to me like the new staff is not meeting expectations within the community, with their teams, and are lacking the knowledge/skills to teach their new schemes. Lots of sloppy football, serious turnover issues, penalties and poor clock management. In talking with a board member he shared concern about participation numbers, team morale being low, kids already quitting and frustration with the ‘athletic director’ not doing his job in leading all of the mustang programs. Probably not a good thing whenever board members are sharing their frustrations so early in the season. As I recall, this same situation played itself out a few years back with Coach Woerner and Todd Dodge. I’ve got a prediction for the Mustangs – Coach Woerner will be the new Athletic Director/Head Football Coach at Marble Falls HS by January 2020, if not sooner. Bye bye to the Slot-T and Rick Hoover!!

  6. Give this coach and the team time. The slot T is more complex than many people think. The play of the offensive line pulling and using the proper technique doesn’t happen over night. Football is simple, the team that blocks and tackles better usually wins, no matter what kind of offense or defense you run. The turnovers are hard to over come, the mustangs lost that critical phase 6 to 2. The turn overs can be addressed in practice. The real games that count are the district games, that is when this team will start imposing there will on others. GO MUSTANGS: David Rogers

  7. Is it too early to be lobbying for a new coach? This offense just isn’t going to score points. Mustangs won’t win a game this year, and quite frankly, it’s past the point of embarrassment. It’s sad, mostly for the boys playing.

    1. I am a Mustang mom. You should be ashamed of your comment. Those young men work their butts off all week and play with heart and to have people like YOU, say the things you say, are just down right mean and hateful. If you can’t support the Mustangs with a positive attitude, whether they win or lose ,then don’t watch or listen to the game.

      1. Come on now Mustang – Give someone a chance – DANG. The BOYS have to BELIEVE in themselves BEFORE they win any games. PLUS, Football is a lot more than just winning…it’s about GROWING as a team and TRUSTING each other. You have boys who haven’t played very long starting and boys who played together since they were in Kinder…It WILL happen but STOP with the negative stuff already…Those boys bust their butts in the HOT SUN and are learning something new…Maybe some encouraging words would help instead of crying “Get a New Coach”!!!

        1. Ditto what Mom #1 & #2 said! We love our Mustangs. Win or lose!
          Hey Mustang – how much film did you watch this last week? How many hours did you spend in the hot sun and 100+ degree temps? How many hours did you spend away from your family as you were coaching and loving on other people’s kids?
          Geez. 2 games and you’re already whining? That’s the most laughable thing I’ve read today. Thanks for the entertainment.
          Go get ’em Mustangs! We got your back! Don’t listen to the negative comments. Your hard work WILL pay off. You are going to score points! We believe in you! Haters gonna hate no matter what you do. So put your helmet on. Drown out those negative comments. We know the truth.

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