FM Marcus faces toughest test in Flower Mound

October, 1, 2010
10/01/10
12:13
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The battle for Flower Mound takes place Friday with a lot more at stake season than in previous editions.

No. 5 Flower Mound Marcus puts its undefeated season on the line against Flower Mound's high-powered offense at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

Marcus head coach Bryan Ewing said he believes Flower Mound has the best offense in the state, and it has the numbers to prove it with 214 points in four games -- 69 alone against Dallas Jesuit in the season opener.

Flower Mound leads the area in total offensive yards with 2,498 for an average of 624.5 per game.

Flower Mound's Paul Millard is the area’s top passer so far this season, throwing for 1,688 yards and 18 touchdowns. He has a 63 percent completion percentage and has thrown just three interceptions.

His top target has been running back Hunter Lee, who is fifth in the area in receiving with 543 yards and six touchdowns. He has also rushed for 478 yards for nine touchdowns.

“They are probably the best offense in the state of Texas," Ewing said. "Their quarterback is outstanding. Their running back Hunter Lee is pretty much unstoppable. He’s going to get his yards and get his touches and score some. We’ve just got to slow him down.”

Flower Mound is tied for the area lead in scoring with 16 touchdowns.

The Marcus offense is held down by the area’s fifth leading rusher, Rufus Mason, who has 674 yards rushing so far with eight touchdowns on 85 carries. Following Mason is Dagan Newsome, who has 383 yards and three touchdowns on 51 carries.

The Marauders are led by quarterback Deion Sanders Jr., who has stepped up to be a team leader as a junior in his first year under center.

“We’re proving [critics] wrong," Sanders said. "We’ve got great running backs, Rufus and Degan, great receivers and a great defense."

The battle for Flower Mound kicks off at 8 p.m.
Travis L. Brown covers high schools for ESPNDallas.com. He is a graduate of TCU, where he was sports editor of the student paper, The Daily Skiff.

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