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MAVERICK NEWS

2024 MAVERICK FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FULL OF HISTORY, RIVALS, & NEW FACES

No one can accuse Marshall of running away from tough competition on the gridiron as the Mavericks announced their 2024 schedule following the UIL's biennial alignment.  

With six district games lined up for 7-5A, that left four openings for non-district competition.

Marshall stacked their schedule with two 6A programs and a 5A Division I program as well.

The Mavs will open the season on August 30th when they host 5A Division I Tyler High.  The Lions are Marshall's oldest rivals, dating back to 1908.  They split their series in 2022 and 2023 including last season's 5-OT thriller.

On September 6th the Longview Lobos will come to town for the annual contest.  The Lobos and Mavs have tangled for 113 seasons, dating back to 1909.  It's one of the oldest games in the state.  Longview will move back up to 6A next season and will likely be a top 5 team when they come to town.

On September 13th the Mavericks will hit the road to take on longtime rival Tyler Legacy.  The Red Raiders are a 6A program now, but Marshall shares more than 50 years of history with them.

The Mavs close out non-district play on the road against the Palestine Wildcats.  Marshall has not faced Palestine since 1973.  They are a 4A playoff mainstay and always tough at home.

After a bye week on September 27th, the Mavs will then kick off district play.

October 4th Mount Pleasant will come to town in a crucial game to open the playoff race.  The Tigers shocked Marshall last season in a stunning loss for Mavs.  Revenge may be the order of the evening for this matchup.  The Mavs have won 13 of the last 15 meetings. 

October 11th Marshall will hit the road to take on their ancient rivals from Texas High at Grimm Stadium.  This rivalry dates back to 1910 and the Tigers have won the last four district titles, snapping Marshall's five consecutive district titles in 2020.

The Jacksonville Indians will come to Maverick Stadium on October 18th for another big home game.  Marshall has won five straight games against J-ville dating back to 2013.

On October 25th Marshall has a crucial road game to Nacogdoches.  The Mavs have won 9 of their last 10 games against the Dragons and 18 of the last 20.  Don't be fooled though....the Dragons are no easy out.

The Battle of Harrison County will come to town on November 1st as the Hallsville Bobcats head to Maverick Stadium.  Marshall has won 8 of the last 9 contests, but the series has historically been a close game.  Can't over look anyone....especially in a rivalry game.

The regular season finale will be a tough road game at Whitehouse to take on the Wildcats.  Marshall has won 5 of the last 6 games in the series, but make no mistake about it.... the Wildcats are always tough to beat.  Prepare yourself for another annual barnburner.

Marshall will scrimmage Pine Tree August 22 at Maverick Stadium.

FOOTBALL REALIGNMENT: 
PINE TREE IS GONE; JACKSONVILLE RETURNS TO 5A FOLD

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The University Interscholastic League announced their 2024 realignment this winter and the Mavericks saw their football neighborhood change yet again.

Since dropping to their current classification, Marshall has seen the likes of Greenville, Sulphur Springs, Texas High, Mount Pleasnt, Lindale, Jacksonville, and Nacogdoches come and go in the biennial shuffle.

This time around the Mavs bid farewell to Pine Tree as they drop down to the 4A Division I ranks.  This ends a 22 year grudge match with the Pirates that started in 2002.

Meanwhile the Jacksonville Indians returned to the 5A ranks for the first time since 2021 after they spent the last two seasons in 4A Division I.

The rest of the district remained intact with the usual suspects of Texas High, Mount Pleasant, Whitehouse, Nacogdoches, and arch-rival Hallsville.

Texarkana is the three-time defending district champion headed into the 2024 season while Marshall has finished as the runner up the last three seasons behind the Tigers.

Whitehouse has become an annual playoff team, finishing in third place three of the last four seasons.

Nacogdoches and Mount Pleasant have battled it out for alternating playoff berths the last few seasons, proving to be worthy opponents.

The next unexpected twist in the alignment was moving the Southeast Texas 5A Div II district from Region III into region II. 

This changes the playoff landscape in the first round for East Texas.  Instead of Bi-district games Vs. Dallas metroplex schools, we will see the likes of Huntsville, Port Neches-Groves, Montgomery, Nederland, and Dayton.

 

The Season kicks off August 30th.

 

District 7-5A
Marshall
Texas High
Nacogdoches

Whitehouse

Mount Pleasant

Hallsville

Jacksonville
 

REALIGNMENT 2024
MASSIVE EAST TEXAS DISTRICT FOR ALL OTHER SPORTS

The UIL has traditionally had two East Texas 5A districts in all non-football sports.  There has been a north district consisting of Mount Pleasant and Texas High and a south district consisting of Lufkin and Nacogdoches.  

Marshall has bounced between the two districts ever since 2002, but that won't be the case for the 2024-25 alignment.  

East Texas has only been given ONE district this time around, which means teams are scattered from the far north to the far south and from east to west.

Nine teams have been crammed into a district that stretches from Texarkana to Lufkin and from Marshall to Jacksonville.  

The Mavericks have been reunited with old-time rivals Lufkin and Nacogdoches for non-football sports including volleyball, baskball, soccer, softball, baseball, and track (amongst others).

District 10-5A
Marshall

Lufkin

Nacogdoches
Texas High

Mount Pleasant

Hallsville

Tyler

Whitehouse

Jacksonville

MAVERICK STADIUM FACELIFT CONTINUES

Maverick Stadium has seen several upgrades in the last 4-5 seasons and there's more to come.

 

Currently new ticket booths and entry gates are being built on the home and visitor's side.  

The biggest project underway is construction of a visitor's locker room on the visitor's side of the stadium.

The East wall has also been demolished and is being replaced for a new main entrance into the stadium.

Rumors have been swirling about concessions renovations, new restrooms, and new stadium seating.  But nothing has been confirmed by MISD.

 

Some of the past upgrades include: 

- New turf 
- New two-story press box

- New Stadium lights

- Restroom renovation for home and away sides

- New track

- New Sound system

- New video scoreboard

Photos of the work will be posted soon.  Stay tuned for more information as it becomes availible.

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