Marble Falls shuffles personnel on defense
September 20, 2013, 12:00 am by Mark Goodson
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Marble Falls is known for its no-huddle offense.
This week, the coaches have huddled in an attempt to get the defense up to standards.
Although last week’s game was a classic, the 51 points allowed won’t cut it as the schedule gets tougher for the Marble Falls Mustangs.
Tonight, Mustang Stadium should have plenty of fans wanting to see more of the explosive offense that they have watched since Todd Dodge took over as head coach.
Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. against the Boerne Champion Chargers, a team Marble Falls outscored 62-55 last year with a state-standard of 724 yards passing. Champion passed for 595 yards and the team’s combined for 14 touchdown passes.
Some of the stars return that put up those numbers, but this year there are two new quarterbacks in sophomore Brennen Wooten of Marble Falls and junior Alex Flores of Champion.
Marble Falls defensive coordinator Tony Salazar isn’t going to settle for a defense that gets riddled by opposing offenses.
So this week, welcome a pair of defensive backs to the linebacking crew as well as a new nosetackle.
The boldest move is at linebacker. David Spurlock, a headhunter on defense, moves from safety to linebacker. Cullen Vaught and Chris Carter are in a head-to-head battle for one of the linebacker spots.
Jeff Ramey is the only linebacker that has retained his starting role through three games.
"We’re still trying to find it,’’ Salazar said. "We are trying to put 11 guys out there that are going the jell. We’re looking for one of the seniors to lead this bunch…We’re basically playing 16 or 17 guys, and those guys that aren’t starting this week are still going to play.’’
Champion is undefeated at 2-0 with impressive wins over Class 5A New Braunfels (27-10) and Dripping Springs (48-28).
The Chargers and Tigers mixed it up with several turnovers changing the momentum last week. Champion led 21-7 after the first quarter and then iced the game away in the second half outscoring Dripping Springs 24-7 after intermission.
Boerne can mix it up on offense, but the Chargers like the run option first.
Flores is a good runner and has veteran Travis Pospisil returning. The junior rusher for 107 yards to complement a 199-yard rushing game from Flores.
Champion’s offensive line is led by returning starters
Zek Curney at center and Ryne Koch at left tackle.
Boerne’s defense held Dripping Springs to under 100 yards rushing and picked off four passes against the Tigers.
The defensive line is the strength of the Chargers led by end Jared Entler and tackle Sam Van Nest. Josh Green is a solid defensive back at safety.
Marble Falls will test the secondary with senior Garrett Gray and company. Gray is coming off a 15-catch, 5-TD game. He caught five for scores in last year’s game at Boerne, making the 60-yard catch famous.
Boerne is under a new head coach in Keith Kaiser, who has coached in the San Antonio ranks.
The Chargers were 5-6 last season coming out of District 27-4A along with Kerrville Tivy, Alamo Heights and Buda Hays.
Marble Falls will be gearing for big plays and playing sound fundamental football.
"We can’t miss tackles and have blown assignments,’’ Salazar said.
Marble Falls has established the pass with Gray, J.T. Watson, Zuri Buchanan and Ty Coffey all displaying their abilities.
Running back Keith Jerome has been a touchdown machine for the Mustangs with nine touchdowns, eight of them by the run. Gray has eight touchdowns.
NOTES: Parking passes still remain for home games that allow the holder of this pass to park one car in the lot directly in front of the band hall. The passes can be obtained from the Marble Falls Athletic Fieldhouse. They can be purchased with cash or checks and are available from 8-4:30 every week day. For more information call 830.798.8345.
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