Mustangs find kicker in 18-3 spring game
May 23, 2013, 10:30 pm by Mark Goodson
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Marble Falls coaches wanted players to play physical and build depth in the spring and Thursday night that was apparent in the spring game at Mustang Stadium.
After they teams split up between first team offense and first team defense went after it for four quarters, the Gold team (wearing white jerseys) prevailed, 18-3.
The Gold team consisted of the first-team offense and sophomore-to-be quarterback Brennan Wooten.
The sophomore showed his ability to move in the pocket and a strong arm, getting passes to an array of receivers.
For a team that relied heavily on its offense last year, this spring game more of a mix of solid plays on both sides. The Mustangs showed some promise, but there is plenty of work to do before they hit the field in games that count in August.
"It was definitely did a lot better tackling,’’ said safety Carson Bowen, who also played slot receiver for the Gold team. "lt was a lot more physical (than last season).’’
What did Bowen think of the young quarterback’s work?
"He had a few bumps, but he’s still learning,’’ Bowen said.
The game’s only offensive touchdown came on a sprint around the left side by running back Keith Jerome. Jerome, the top returning rusher for the Mustangs, busted the off tackle play on a fourth-and-one play and raced 20-plus yards into the end zone to cap the first drive of the game by the Gold. The Gold also overcame a 15-yard holding penalty on the drive that put the team in a third-and-long situation.
Placekicker Alejandro Osornio, who will be a senior, had a big night.
He handled all the kicking for both teams and booted a 49-yard field goal to end the first half and later line-drived a kick despite a tough hold from 30 yards out. He made one of two PATs. His line drive kick was the only points for the Purple.
James Bryer picked off a pass and returned it 35 yards for the Gold’s final touchdown.
During the game the respective offensive and defensive coaches kept switching sides of the field to stay with their units.
Defensive coordinator Tony Salazar got to see some defenders step up.
Chris Carter, a sophomore-to-be, had a quarterback sack and a safety and also was used some at running back when Jerome went out early with a slight hamstring pull.
Jacob Bryer showed some push in the middle as the defensive nose tackle. Another player that came up with some big plays on defense was Mitchell Mullinix. Tyler Linholm and and Bryce Fry had interceptions.
Fry ended the game with an interception and returned it 30 yards near midfield to end the game.
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