Marble Falls, Burnet deliver a classic
September 14, 2013, 7:00 am by Mark Goodson
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Football is alive and well in Burnet County.
On Friday night, players and coaches were flying everywhere and when it was over, Marble Falls quarterback Brennen Wooten and Burnet quarterback Derek Kiser had combined for 784 yards passing and 11 touchdowns in a wild 56-51 Marble Falls victory at Bulldog Stadium.
"I can’t wait to get up and go to work in the morning,’’ Marble Falls linebacker Travis Dilworth said. "It was fun to be part of, but I didn’t really play that well. I’ll be ready for work tomorrow.’’
The Burnet County rivals put on a display of offense and big plays from all phases of the game before an emotional crowd.
The non-district clash was for supremacy in Burnet County and left both teams at 2-1 on the season.
Marble Falls defense stood strong at the end holding off a late drive by Burnet after the Bulldogs had recovered an onside kick with 3:04 left.
Burnet picked up a pair of first downs on passes to Cody Jones and Blayne Parisher to get to the Marble Falls 19. The Mustangs defense stood strong from there holding Burnet to a one-yard loss on first down and then forcing a pair of incomplete passes. On fourth down with 1:38 left, Trenton Hafley hit into the line, but Marble Falls jarred the ball loose to end the threat.
Marble Falls used four plays to run out the final 86 seconds. On fourth down, Wooten took the deep snap and ran out of the Marble Falls end zone for a safety to push Burnet to its 51 points.
Marble Falls was the first team in this offensive battle to get to 50 points and did it with 6:58 left when Wooten rolled left and hit Garrett Gray on a crossing pattern just into the end zone on a third-and-10 play.
Marcos Marichalar’s extra point kick gave Marble Falls a 56-42 lead.
Marble Falls (2-1) never trailed in the game and jumped out early with a two quick scores in the first quarter after Burnet fumbled on its first two kickoff returns. First Darious Johnson fumbled when Marble Falls freshman linebacker Daven Manning crashed into him when Johnson made a cut toward the Marble Falls sideline. Mustangs senior Zuri Buchanan pounced on the ball at the Burnet 25, setting off an emotional celebration on the south side of Bulldog Stadium. Marble Falls scored in five plays with senior running back Keith Jerome scoring on a 1-yard dive play.
Then bang. Burnet fumbled on the next kickoff when speedster Brock Foster broke open and then was jarred loose from the ball on a big hit. Mustang linebacker Chris Carter recovered and Marble Falls went up top for a strike to Garrett Gray from 33 yards on the first play. He made the catch at the right pylon with a Burnet defender in tight coverage. Perfect pass, perfect catch. It was Marble Falls 14, Burnet 0 just a minute and a half into the game.
Burnet battled back all night behind a solid effort from Kiser and his top two receivers Parisher and Cody Jones. Kiser was 30 of 38 for 373 yards and threw five touchdowns to three different receivers. Parisher was unbelievable catching everything thrown his way for nine catches and 130 yards and two scores.
Wooten was 35 of 48 for 411 yards and six touchdowns. Five times he connected with Gray for scores and once to J.T. Watson.
Gray finished tying his career high of 15 catches. The receptions went for 208 yards and scores of 33, 19, 12, 34 and 27.
Marble Falls coach Todd Dodge said the fireworks didn’t really surprise him and emotions were high all night.
It was a game that belongs among the tops in the rivalry for big plays and emotional peaks.
Please read Tuesday’s Highlander for complete coverage.
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