The axe is back

Recap of the Battle of the Axe

Sydney King and Austin Cork

The Marauders brought the axe back home after their 48-42 overtime victory against one of their biggest rivals, the Lewisville Farmers. With the win, the Marauders were officially named the undefeated 6-6A District Champions. 

The first two quarters were big for both teams as there were only two punts by halftime. As the second quarter came to an end, the Marauders were in the lead 27-23 and junior quarterback Garrett Nussmeier had thrown three touchdowns one to sophomore wide receiver Dallas Dudley, one to senior wide receiver Jaden Robinson and one to senior tight end Collin Sutherland. Senior running back Ty’son Edwards scored once in the end zone as well.

“We knew we would come out fast to start the half so it was very good,” Dudley said.

In the second half, the team struggled on ball security but kept fighting. Both Edwards and junior linebacker Tyler Gainey fumbled the ball once. Edwards fumbled at the one yard line, but senior linebacker Ethan Barr sacked the Lewisville quarterback in the end zone to give the Marauders two points, putting them in the lead 39-36 with around nine minutes left in the fourth quarter. 

About four minutes later, a turnover by Gainey and a ten play drive by the Farmers allowed Lewisville to take the lead.

With 55 seconds left on the clock, sophomore kicker John Wegendt made a 24 yard field goal to tie the game 42-42, bringing them into overtime.

Lewisville started with the ball but went four and out. 

The Marauders just needed a field goal to win. However, on a third and eight Nussmeier scrambled to his right and found Dudley for a 23 yard touchdown, putting the Marauders on top 48-42 and ending the game. 

“I knew I had to keep playing my game and doing what I need to do for the team,” Dudley said.

The second the horn blew, the whole team raced onto the field to celebrate the win, which also secured the Marauders home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs against Keller Central. The game will be on Nov. 15th at 7 p.m in the Marauder stadium.