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Thu
07
Nov

Experienced Lady Mustangs team ready to run

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
The Lady Mustangs prepared for their season opener on Friday with a practice on Wednesday morning in Max Copeland Gym. This year's varsity team has seven seniors, two sophomores and three freshman.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

Coming off a playoff berth as the fourth-seed last season, the Marble Falls Lady Mustangs basketball team is returning nine players and looking to move further into the postseason.

Among the returning players on this year's team are seven seniors resulting in one of the most experienced squads in the tenure of Head Coach John Berkman.

The team did, however, lose valuable inside height to graduation last year. Only one of the team's three primary bigs – Daijah Torns – returns this season, and it has forced the coaching staff to change the team's play style from the inside-out focus of last year.

See the full story in the Friday, Nov. 8 issue of The Highlander. Subscribe to the e-Edition of The Highlander here.

Mon
04
Nov

Offense stifled by Wolves' stout D

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Mustangs defenders Ben Anderson (11) and Ethan Kanka (14) celebrate with the "turnover chain" after Kanka recovered a Wolves' fumble in the second quarter of Friday's match against Weiss.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

The Marble Falls High School Mustangs' offense had trouble finding any sort of success against a tough defense from Pflugerville Weiss in a 28-0 loss at home on Senior Night.

Mustangs fans learned one thing on Friday night: Weiss is a very good team.

The Mustangs (1-8, 1-5) posted only 120 yards of total offense – 91 yards rushing – in their final home game of the season. Through nine games, the Wolves (8-1, 6-0) have allowed only 89 points all season.

See the full story with comments from Mustangs Head Coach Brian Herman in the Tuesday, Nov. 5 issue of The Highlander. Subscribe to the e-Edition here.

Fri
01
Nov

Mustangs to honor seniors on Friday, Nov. 1

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
The coaching staff including Head Coach Brian Herman celebrate a crucial special teams tackle in the Mustangs' victory over Bastrop on Oct. 18 at Mustang Stadium. The Mustangs look to recreate the magic of that game against the district-leading Weiss Wolves on Friday.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

The Marble Falls Mustangs return to Mustang Stadium tonight for their final home game of the season against the Pflugerville Weiss Wolves.

The Mustangs (1-7, 1-4) seniors will be suiting up for the final time as high school football players and will be honored with the Senior Walk at the game.

Weiss (7-1, 5-0) enters the match with an undefeated district record and a chance to clinch the District 13-5A regular season title. Brenham and Glenn are tied for second place and face each other this week. . . .

Fri
01
Nov

Cross country to compete for State title

Contributed/Coach Chris Schrader
The Marble Falls boys cross country team qualified for the UIL 5A cross country meet with a fourth-place finish at Regionals on Oct. 28. The State meet is on Nov. 9 in Round Rock.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

Marble Falls cross country head coach Chris Schrader's approach to training may be unorthodox to some, but the results are hard to argue.

The Mustangs boys team qualified for the UIL 5A State cross country meet with a fourth-place finish at Regionals on Oct. 28 in Corpus Christi; two individual girls runners – Ambrie Lizcano and Bailey Goggans – also punched their ticket to the State meet.

The Mustangs had only three runners qualify for the final meet last season – Goggans, Jaden Johnson and Bryer Atkinson. The team has seen improvement across the board this season under Schrader.

See the full story in the Nov. 1 issue of The Highlander. Subscribe to the e-Edition here.

Tue
29
Oct

Grizzlies 'overwhelm' Mustangs in Leander

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Wide receiver Warren Cuplin (83) was forced to play a little defense on a long pass that was intercepted by the Grizzlies defensive back on Friday, Oct. 25 at Bible Stadium.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

The Marble Falls Mustangs defense couldn't keep up with the Glenn Grizzlies' offense in a 35-22 loss in Leander on Friday.

The Mustangs (1-7, 1-4) scored on their opening possession of each half but failed to continue the success throughout the game.

The first three minutes of the game couldn't have gone better for the visiting team. The Grizzlies (5-3, 4-1) were forced to punt – a net-negative-yardage shank – that gave the Mustangs the ball near midfield.

Senior running back Hayden Wells capped off the short drive with a 17-yard touchdown run to give the Mustangs an early 7-0 lead.

See the full story in the Tuesday, Oct. 29 issue of The Highlander.

Fri
25
Oct

Lady Mustangs fight on Senior Night

Payton Powers was one of the seniors that celebrated her final volleyball game at Max Copeland Gym on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Powers has moved all over the court this season, but her best work is done as the Lady Mustangs' primary setter.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

In the final home game of the season, the Marble Falls Lady Mustangs volleyball team fell to Pflugerville Weiss by a score of 3-1 after Senior Night celebrations.

Although the outcome wasn't exactly what the team wanted, Lady Mustangs Head Coach Tanya Powers was pleased with the girls' performance and energy.

“It was Senior Night so I put my seniors out there, and, for the most part, they wanted it,” she said. “I'm not that disappointed. They're going to remember this game in a positive way.”

See the full story in the Friday, Oct. 25 issue of The Highlander. Subscribe to the e-Edition of The Highlander here.

Mon
21
Oct

Mustangs hold on for season's first win

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander

Senior defensive back and special teams player Nathan Ivey (23) received a line of kudos from the Mustangs' coaching staff after a pair of special teams tackles during Friday's win against the Bastrop Bears.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

An interception by junior defensive back Keaton Rodriguez in the final minute sealed the Marble Falls Mustangs' first victory of the season 45-37 over Bastrop on Friday, Oct. 18 at Mustang Stadium.

The Mustangs (1-6, 1-3) entered the final quarter with a 39-21 lead and scored in the first two minutes to extend the lead to 24 points.

“Our kids have a growing belief in what we're doing and themselves,” Mustangs Head Coach Brian Herman said. “The kids are busting their tails in practice, and they keep fighting . . . We exploded onto the scene tonight, and I'm proud of them for that.”

See the full story including stats in the Tuesday, Oct. 22 issue of The Highlander.

Mon
14
Oct

Mustangs can't catch Cubs' offense

Mustangs quarterback Jake Becker (9) threw for 118 yards in Friday's game against Brenham. He also carried the ball 12 times for a team-high 68 yards.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

The Marble Falls Mustangs' (0-6, 0-3) defense allowed touchdowns on the first three drives in a 41-13 loss against Brenham on the road on Friday, Oct. 11.

Mustangs Head Coach Brian Herman summed up the difference in the game in one word: “speed.”

The Cubs' (5-1, 3-0) speed advantage was shown in the quarterback scramble, halfback sweep to outside and play action pass that all went for scores.

The Mustangs return home this week to face the Bastrop Bears (3-3, 0-3) at Mustang Stadium for Max Copeland Night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

See the full story in the Oct. 15 issue of The Highlander.

For more on the Mustangs' 2019 campaign, subscribe to our e-Edition here.

Tue
10
Sep

MFHS Mustangs doomed by turnovers in rivalry game

Wayne Craig/Clear Memories
During the cross-county rivalry gam Sept. 6 in Burnet, the Marble Falls Mustangs had 20 offensive plays where they gained seven or more yards. At one point, the team had an 11-play drive in the first half that didn't result in points - crucial moments which fed the other team's momentum, according to the coach.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

The Marble Falls Mustangs football team turned the ball over six times on Friday, Sept. 6 in a 41-6 loss against the cross-county rival Bulldogs in Burnet.

The Mustangs (0-2) gave the ball away on three lost fumbles, three interceptions, a turnover on downs and also allowed the recovery on an onside kick.

Despite numbers that show improved offensive production, the Mustangs' turnovers allowed the Bulldogs to score twice on defense and gave the Burnet offense several short fields.

Fri
06
Sep

Marble Falls Mustangs defense sharp against Canyon Lake

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Mustangs defenders are coached to strip the ball, and that's exactly what they did on several occasions against Canyon Lake. On this play, the runner was ruled down by contact. For more photos, more about the Mustang players and details of the game, pick up the Friday, Sept. 6 issue of The Highlander.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

A defensive lapse on a single drive proved to be the difference for the Mustangs in a 7-0 loss against Canyon Lake on Friday, Aug. 31 at Mustang Stadium.

Canyon Lake's opening drive of the second half never saw a second down as they scored the game's only touchdown in four plays. The Hawks strung together three first-down runs, one of which added 15 yards with a facemask penalty, before throwing a 13-yard touchdown to take the lead.

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