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MAVS COME UP A YARD SHORT FOR AREA

MARSHALL FALLS TO CRANDALL IN BI-DISTRICT THRILLER

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PHOTO CREDIT: GEOFF MCKAY OF MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER

Marshall has had some heartbreaking playoff losses through the decades:

Dallas Carter in the 1988 5A quarterfinals when Jessie Armstead hauled in a pass to win 22-19 with 17 seconds left.

Ennis in the 2004 4A Division I state championship when a blocked punt for a safety cost the Mavs a state championship 23-21.

Huntsville in the 2018 5A region semifinals when a 2 point attempt fell short and the Mavs lost 35-34 instead of advancing to the state quarterfinals.

You can add Crandall in the 2022 5A Bi-district round when the Mavs were stopped on the 1 yard line as time ticked away in a 48-47 loss.

The loss ended Marshall's season at (6-5) while Crandall advanced to Area at (9-2). 

 

The game was played in a cold and wet  Maverick Stadium with temps in the low 40's with a driving rain throughout.

The first quarter set the stage for how the game was going to go as 35 points would be scored between the Mavs and the Pirates.

Marshall jumped out to a 7-0 lead just 1:04 into the game, but Crandall answered 1:58 later to tie the game at 7-7.

It was a track meet as the first stanza ended with Crandall leading 21-14.

The Pirates extended their lead to 35-21 late in the second half as it looked like things were slipping away for the Mavs.

But Marshall kept battling and scored with :15 seconds before halftime to cut the deficit to 35-27.

However...... Crandall pulled a miracle score with no time left to go back up 41-27.

The Mavs came out  in the second half and immediately started chipping away at the Pirate lead, pulling within 41-34.

An interception by the Mav defense lead to the tying score...making it 41-41 late in the third.  

Marshall finally regained the lead 47-41 with 11:15 left in the game.  

Crandall would find the endzone to take a 48-47 lead with 2:05 left in the game.

The Mavs would drive down to the Crandall 2 yardline.  As time was ticking away, Marshall would be stopped at the 1 yard line to preserve the 1 point win by Crandall.

 



 

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COACH ALVAREZ PUTS STAMP ON TEAM

FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT FOR MARSHALL MAVERICK FOOTBALL

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PHOTO CREDIT: GEOFF MCKAY OF MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER

Head Football Coach and Athletic director Jack Alvarez came to Marshall and put his own personal stamp on the team in his first season.

 

He brought his hybrid Wing-T offense with him and the Maverick players took it and ran with it fervently.  Marshall averaged almost 35 PPG for the regular season and over 40 PPG in district play and the playoffs.

 

Marshall was (4-2) in district play and finished in second place in 8-5A.

 

The junior Varsity also finished in second place in district, going (5-1).

 

Marshall was in the playofffs for the 9th time in the last 10 seasons and for the 15th time in the last  19 seasons.

Coach Alvarez and the Mavs will be looking to take another step forward in 2023 by becoming playoff contenders.  

The Mavericks will have important peices returning next season, while welcoming some fresh faces from the sub-varsity rosters.

Stay tuned during the offseason as we highlight some of the talent that will be on display next fall for Marshall.

THANK YOU MAVERICK PLAYERS, COACHES, STAFF, AND FAMILY for an exciting 2022 season.  And here's to looking forward to all the BIG THINGS that are headed our way in the future.

 



 

DISTRICT 8-5A ROUND UP

The playoffs were not kind to district 8-5A as all four teams fell in the first round of the playoffs.

District champion Texas High fell to the #4 Terrell Tigers at home.

#2 Marshall fell to #3 Crandall at home.

#3 Whitehouse fell on the road to #2 Lucas Lovejoy.

#4 Hallsville gell on the road to #1 Melissa.

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