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SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE IN SECOND ROUND PLAYOFF LOSS

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The Marshall Mavericks (8-4) saw their season come to a close in the second round of the 5A Division II playoffs Saturday Afternoon at the hands of the Crosby Cougars.

Crosby (10-2) scored early and often in a 52-14 win at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin.

The Cougars were state finalist last season, losing to Aledo in the state championship game.  They are favorites to return to the title game this season and they showed why with a wide open offense and a stingy defense.

Crosby took the opening drive of the game 75 yards for a quick 7-0 lead in the first quarter. 

 

They scored on their first three possessions to jump out to a 21-0 lead before Marshall could find the scoreboard.

QB Robinson hit WR Domar Roberson for an 85 yard touchdown score to cut the Cougar lead to 21-6 with 10:15 left before halftime.

However, Crosby would add a field goal and another touchdown before the intermission to take a 31-6 lead into the locker room.

Three more scores in the second half put the game out of reach as Crosby commanded a 52-6 lead.

Marshall would wrap up their season with a late score to close the gap to 52-14.  

Crosby ended the game with 554 yards of offense with 345 on the ground and 209 through the air. 

Marshall finished with 195 yards with 150 through the air and 45 on the ground.

This was the fourth time in eight seasons Marshall advanced to at least the second round of the playoffs, including two region semifinals appearances in 2015 and 2018.

It was 37th season Marshall advanced to the playoffs in program history while earning their 40th playoff victory with the win over Bryan Rudder in the Bi-District game.

The Mavs finish the season (8-4).

Marshall will now enter the offseason with many changes possibly looming for 2022.  

Realignment looming in February could see changes for District 9-5A.  Many speculate that Jacksonville could be dropping to 4A Division I, leaving the district with seven schools instead of eight.

Predictions of the district being changed to district 8 have also been made, which would move the schools into region II, which is a metroplex-centric region instead of the Houston/Golden triangle area of region III.

Marshall will no doubt likely see a new slate of non-district games for their 2022/2023 schedule. 

 

Speculation of Carthage returning to the schedule has been made.  Continuance of the Longview series.  Who will replace the McKinney North game?  And if Jacksonville drops, who gets that slot?

Stay tuned.

Thank you Maverick players, coaches, support groups, and fans for a fantastic season!!!!

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LADY MAVS FALL IN AREA PLAYOFF TO END HISTORIC SEASON

The Lady Maverick volleyball team saw their season come to an end with a 3-0 loss to state ranked Midlothian in the Area round of the UIL 5A playoffs.

Marshall finished as the #2 seed in the district 15-5A race, clinching their playoff slot behind district champion Texas High.

The Ladies earned their first playoff win in program history when they beat Huntsville in the Bi-District round of the playoffs 3-0.

The then advanced to face a Midlothian team that had not lost a game since August.

The Ladies finished the season 28-13, the most wins in program history.

Congrats to the Lady Mavsand Coach Kayla Allen on their outstanding season!!!!

MAVS WIN OVERTIME PLAYOFF THRILLER OVER RUDDER 24-21

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CREDIT: GEOFF McKAY via MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER

Buck Buchanan kicked a 33 yard field goal in overtime to lift Marshall to a thrilling 24-21 win over Bryan Rudder Friday night at Maverick Stadium in a 5A Division II Bi-District playoff game barnburner.

For the second time this season,  the Mavericks overcame a 21-7 deficit to take a win on Buchanan's leg.

The win lifts Marshall to (8-3) on the season as they now advance to the Area round to take on the Crosby Cougars (9-2).  The Coogs were 5A Div II state finalists last season.

The Mavs rolled up 314 yards on the night, while Rudder totaled 213.  The Mav defense held the Rangers to 35 passing and 32 rushing in the second half.

Rudder struck first with some trickery on the first play of the game with a  double pass that went 75 yards for a 7-0 lead just 11:49 into the contest.

Marshall answered with a touchdown of their own to tie the game at 7-7 with 1:26 left in the first quarter.  

With 7:02 left before halftime, Marshall QB Olvera was stripped of the ball and Rudder capitalized with a 60 yard scoop and score to make it 14-7.

Another trick play by Rudder for 55 yards set up a touchdown with 2:00 left in the half as the Rangers lead 21-7.

The second half looked like it had taken a bleak start when Marshall gave Rudder the ball at their own 19 when a low punt snap had the punter put his knee on the turf before the kick.

The Rangers drove down to the Marshall 4 with a first and goal....but the Mav defense stopped them on three consecutive plays then blocked the FG attempt to reserve the 21-7 score.

The Mav offense responded with a touchdown drive that pulled them within 21-14 with 1:16 left in the third.

Marshall finally took advantage of a short field off a Rudder punt to tie the game at 21-21 with a 31 yard pass to Domar Roberson with 4:11 left in the game.

Buchanan had a chance to win the game for Marshall in regulation on a 31 yard FG, but it was wide right.

Then came overtime.

Rudder got the ball first, but wasn't able to get a first down.  The 41 yard FG attempt was wide left.  

Marshall drove to the Rudder 14 before stalling, but Buchanan's 33 yard kick was good and ended the game at 24-21 in a barnburner.

The game was Marshall's first ever playoff game that went into overtime.  It was only the second OT game in program history.  The first was a 35-28 win over Longview in 1998.

The Mavs advance in the playoffs for the first time since 2018.

The Area game Vs. Crosby will be Saturday at 2PM at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin.

Olvera was 10-16 for 146 yards and a touchdown.  JQ Davis had 138 yards rushing on 29 carries and a score.  Domar Roberson had 4 catches for 76 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Jacorey Smith had 2 catches for 47 yards.

 

MAV AND LADY MAV BASKETBALL SEASONS ARE UNDERWAY

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Basketball season is officially in full swing for the Mavs and Lady Mavs as they have tipped off the non-district portions of their schedule.

They will each be participating in multiple tournaments  as they prepare for district play.

The Ladies will start district on December 17th Vs. Pine Tree

The men start district December 21 Vs. Sulphur Springs.

2021 MAVERICK SCHEDULE

9-5A DIVISION II STANDINGS

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9-5A PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Texas High (11-0) is the lone school still playing in the post season.

They will play Port Neches-Groves at Turpin Stadium at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana on Friday at 6PM.

The winner of this game will advance to face the winner of the Crosby Vs. A&M Consolidated game.  

Texas High saw their season end last year at the hands of Crosby in the Area round of the playoffs.

Marshall saw their season end Saturday with a loss to Crosby.

Mount Pleasant and Nacogdoches lost in the first round of the playoffs.

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