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80-plus Mustangs show up for camp

Marble Falls High School football lineman

Linemen perform drills during the Marble Falls High School football team's first fall training camp practice Aug. 2. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

The sounds of loud snap counts and whistles filled the air at Mustang Stadium on Aug. 2, the first day of fall training camp for the Marble Falls High School football team. 

Coaches were busy watching and correcting footwork, hand and arm movements, and first-down strategies. 

Third-year head coach Brian Herman was pleased with the team’s playbook retention. 

“We are so far into our playbook already on day one than in the last two years,” Herman said. “Our base core is already there.”

More than 80 players in grades 10-12 were on the field, but Herman expects that number to be closer to 90 by season’s start on Aug. 27. The program’s growth indicates how wins on the field can entice athletes to join. The Mustangs advanced to the playoffs last year for the first time since 2010. They won a bi-district championship by defeating Brenham 27-24 in thrilling fashion.

Herman said it’s too early in camp to comment on how many of the players were in shape for the next three weeks. 

“I’m pleased with the ones who showed up to our (summer strength-and-conditioning program),” he said. “They will show us at the end of practice (if they worked out the last two months). Some worked out outside of our workouts.”

Marble Falls opens the season against Kyle Lehman on Friday, Aug. 27. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls.

The Mustangs’ first scrimmage is against Lampasas at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at Lampasas High School, 2716 U.S. 281.