Marble Falls plays tough, but loses
October 26, 2012, 11:00 pm by Mark Goodson
Marble Falls defense bowed its neck Friday night and played its best game of the season. The improved play wasnít good enough to earn the teamís first District 25-4A win of the season.
The Mustangs lost, 35-19, to Vista Ridge at Gupton Stadium despite some inspired play on defense against the districtís leading rusher Stedman Mayberry.
Marble Falls held the Rangers junior running back to 86 yards on 23 carries. Mayberry scored three touchdowns on runs of 1, 15 and 4 yards.
The last one came with 1:07 left in the game when Marble Falls gave the ball back to Vista Ridge at the Marble Falls four with the game already over.
Mayberry scored the late touchdown against the Mustangs with ease because the officials instructed the Mustangs defense to "not do anything if they kneeled down.íí
They didnít kneel down. The final score was not indicative of the Mustangs effort.
Marble Falls trailed 28-13 with 7:49 left in the game, but put together an impressive 14-play, 70-yard drive to cut the lead in half. Quarterback Mike Richardsonís dive play with 3:07 cut it to 28-19. Vista Ridge caught Richardson for a loss on the two-point play.
Vista Ridge rushed for 290 yards, but didnít have a 100-yard rusher for the game.
Marble Falls fell to 3-5 overall and 0-4 in district. Vista Ridge improved to 7-1 and 3-1.
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