Thursday, September 29, 2011
Flower Mound, Marcus represent clash of styles
By Jeff Andrews
FLOWER MOUND (1-3, 0-1) at No. 8 FLOWER MOUND MARCUS (4-0, 1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Marauder Stadium
When we saw them last: Flower Mound’s sudden lack of offensive production led to a 21-15 defeat at the hands of Hebron, continuing what’s turned out to be a slow start for the Jaguars. Flower Mound hadn’t scored so few points since 2008. Two fourth-quarter touchdowns helped Flower Mound Marcus get past a pesky Plano East team, 20-10, to keep the Marauders undefeated.
2010 result: The teams traded punches -- and the lead -- in the fourth quarter, but Flower Mound landed the last one to grab a 52-49 win. Flower Mound QB Paul Millard threw for 497 yards and five touchdowns to help his team overcome Marcus’ two 100-yard rushers -- Rufus Mason and Dagan Newsome.
What’s at stake: Everything is on the line for Flower Mound because falling to 0-2 in District 8-5A could be fatal, especially given that the Jaguars still have to play Allen and Plano. Marcus has looked strong while going undefeated through four games. A win for the Marauders would help solidify their position as the next-best team in 8-5A.
Key matchup: Flower Mound’s passing game vs. Flower Mound Marcus’ secondary. Aside from last week’s letdown against Hebron, Flower Mound’s offense has looked as potent as ever behind new quarterback Marshall Williams (1,655 yards, 14 touchdowns), running back Connor Ashley (456 total yards, two touchdowns) and receiver Chas Taylor (605 yards, six touchdowns). Marcus has given up more than 200 passing yards just once this season -- last week against Plano East, which threw for 291.
Players to watch: Flower Mound is a long playoff run away from having its quarterback break the single-season passing yards record. If Williams can rally his team into the postseason, he’ll have a shot at it. Always known for its power running game, Marcus has been able to add a productive passing game thanks to sophomore quarterback Cole Erwin, who’s been a great complement to running back Harvey Giddens (718 yards, 13 touchdowns).
Prediction: Flower Mound Marcus 45, Flower Mound 41.