CAPTION: Marble Falls quarterback Colton Minor and the Mustangs travel north to take on the Lampasas Badgers, who are currently second in the District 13-4A Division I standings. Photo by Stennis Shotts
The Marble Falls High School football team travels to play at Lampasas Friday, Oct. 27. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Badger Field.
Lampasas (6-2, 2-1 District 13-4A Division I) is looking to bounce back after losing to San Antonio Davenport 56-21 last week. Marble Falls (1-7, 0-3) is seeking its first district win.
The Badgers feature speed and perform two important tasks of the sport well, Mustangs head coach Brian Herman said. They tackle and block very well.
“They have playmakers on both sides,” he said. “Lampasas is a very, very solid and strong program. They are a very well coached, fundamentally sound team that does all things well. They are the second-most complete team in our district.”
The offensive playmakers include junior quarterback Reed Jerome, who has completed 111 of 176 passes for 1,631 yards, 19 touchdowns and 2 interceptions and has 78 carries for 445 yards and 8 scores, sophomore running back Jett Walker, who has 122 rushes for 1,058 yards and 11 touchdowns, and junior receiver Haegan Oncken, who has 43 receptions for 677 yards and 6 scores and 15 carries for 118 yards and a touchdown. Lampasas is averaging 429 yards of total offense per game.
While those are the statistical leaders, the Badgers have used a variety of athletes throughout the season to move the chains and score. That depth is one reason why the program continues to be successful.
“They adjust on the fly and expose you,” Herman said.
Defensively, the Mustangs are bracing for a Badger unit that quickly identifies where the ball is and immediately gets there.
“They’re going to try to disrupt and have gap penetration,” the coach said. “They sprint to the ball and tackle well. They tackle extremely well.”
Marble Falls will counter with senior Jaime Castillo, who is averaging more than 120 yards per game in district play and juniors Joaquin Aguilar, Kole Becker and Jett Martich and Colton Minor.
The other reason Lampasas succeeds, Herman said, is because the athletes grow up wanting to put their own success in the program’s record book.
“They have history within the program,” he said. “They have history and tradition. They expect to win. Those teams that expect to win find ways to win. We have to learn how to take the field with confidence and believe in ourselves.”
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