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Marble Falls football welcomes Lampasas’ playmakers

CAPTION: The Marble Falls Mustangs scored four touchdowns against Taylor Oct. 21 and are lookimg for similar results against Lampasas. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

The Marble Falls High School football team welcomes a traditional foe, Lampasas, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, to Mustang Stadium.

This game is crucial to the Badgers (5-3, 2-1) for the District 13-4A Division I standings. They are currently tied for second but lost the first tiebreaker to Comal Davenport, which is the result of head-to-head competition, when the Wolves beat them 55-34 Oct. 21.

A win against the Mustangs (2-6, 0-3) will set up Lampasas in a regular season finale at home Nov. 4 against Fischer Canyon Lake (4-3, 3-0), which is the district leader. If the Badgers can win out, they may have at least a share of the district crown. Meanwhile, the Hawks are hosting Taylor Oct. 28. A win for the Ducks doesn’t guarantee a playoff berth. Instead it should still boil down to the home game against Burnet Nov. 4.

If the Mustangs can win out, it will ensue chaos with numerous tiebreakers in place. But first Marble Falls must handle one of the most balanced offenses in the district led by a group of athletes who are playmakers starting with senior quarterback David Flores, who has completed 139 of 221 passes for 1,890 yards, 23 touchdowns and 9 interceptions and has 48 carries for 258 yards.

The running game is led by a duo whose talents complement each other. Senior Aden Rascoe has 81 rushes for 469 yards and 4 scores and 23 receptions for 261 yards. Freshman Jett Walker has 38 carries for 213 yards and 3 touchdowns. Rascoe is considered the power runner, while Walker is the speedster.

Senior athlete Ethan Moreno has 64 catches for 878 yards and 5 touchdowns and 14 carries for 41 yards.

“We’ve been vulnerable to (the run),” Herman said. “I don’t see why they’d be any different. It’s obvious they want to run the ball. They’re capable of that. They throw the ball to keep you honest.”

The answer is a commitment to tackling and being fundamentally sound. He noted that during the 42-26 loss to Taylor last week, Marble Falls looked much better in answering the Ducks’ touchdowns with scores of their own. But Taylor was better at blocking and tackling that led to the outcome.

“We were doing things technically better than we had all year,” he said. “We have to finish tackling. We’ve refocused our tackling efforts. I need to see us tackle better. I’m looking for effort and discipline.”

The only say the Mustangs have is how they approach and play in every contest. At this point, that’s what Herman wants to see.

“If we’re playing to get into the playoffs or college scholarships, we’re playing for the wrong reasons,” he said. “During the course of the game, that stuff should take care of itself if we’re doing it for the right reasons.”

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