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Mustangs kick off district vs. Canyon Lake

Marble Falls vs. Fredericksburg, Sept. 22, 2023

Marble Falls senior Jaime Castillo hops away from Fredericksburg defenders during a 14-9 win over the Battlin’ Billies on Sept. 22. The Mustangs face Canyon Lake at home on Oct. 6. Photo by Mark Stracke

The Marble Falls Mustangs (1-4) begin District 13-4A play against the Canyon Lake Hawks (1-4) on Friday, Oct. 6, at Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

Listen to the football game live on KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune, at KBEYFM.com, or via the free KBEY mobile app. Pregame starts at 7 p.m. Fans can also watch a livestream of the contest at DailyTrib.com.

The district opener follows a week off after winning 14-9 over the District 14-4A Fredericksburg Battlin’ Billies on Sept. 22.

“It wasn’t much of a week off,” Mustangs head coach Brian Herman told KBEY. “We went over some things and worked on some things that were weaknesses in the first half of the season. We kept grinding and we took a day here and there, but for the most part, we worked on getting better and getting ready for district play.”

The Sept. 22 victory ended an 11-game losing streak.

“I’d call it a relief more than anything,” Herman said. “The excitement was great.”

Defense was critical to the win, according to the coach.

“I thought our defense played outstanding against Fredericksburg,” he said.

The Mustangs used the bye week to focus on weaknesses as well as game plan for the Hawks.

“It was a combination of focusing on us and getting better but also working on our next opponent,” Herman said.

The time off also let the team recover from minor injuries sustained in the first half of the season.

“We’re not 100 percent, but we gained a couple of kids back from the week prior when we played (Kerrville) Tivy that we lost,” Herman said. “They’ve healed up, and they’re finally mixing back in again.”

The coach is excited to begin district.

“We said from the very beginning, day one when we put helmets on, that we had eight weeks to work on the puzzle pieces,” he said. “I wouldn’t say they’re all where they need to be, but we like how the picture is coming together at least.”

The district schedule should be easier for the Mustangs as opposed to the squad’s early season matchups against schools such as Brownwood and Tivy.

“Everybody that we played in non-district would be shooting for a top spot in our district,” Herman said. “We were playing playoff-caliber teams all throughout.”

He said his team will need to be hyper-focused against Canyon Lake. The Hawks were undefeated District 13-4A champions last season.

“They’re a very dominant program, and they have been for a lot of years,” Herman said. “They’re a scary opponent to start off with.”

nathan@thepicayune.com