Junior defensive back Ty Johnson walks off of the field after a play. The Marauders' defense ended the night with three sacks on third downs. (Tara Connick)
Junior defensive back Ty Johnson walks off of the field after a play. The Marauders' defense ended the night with three sacks on third downs.

Tara Connick

Marauders beat Keller Central Chargers

Recap of football's first playoff game

November 16, 2019

Last night, the Marauders won the bi-district round of the playoffs after beating the Keller Central Chargers 34-7. The Marauders went into the game with the motto “still hungry and going 1-0.”

Tara Connick
Junior quarterback Garrett Nussmeier watches his teammates across the field as he runs with the ball. Nussmeier ended the game with three touchdowns, two interceptions, 242 passing yards and four 30+ passing plays in the air.

“It’s just been the mentality all this year,” senior wide receiver Jaden Robinson said. “Every week is 1-0, [doesn’t] matter the opponent. Just [try] to get the dub.”

The Marauders’ offense had plays early in the game, putting the team in scoring position. All of the Marauders’ points were the results of touchdowns. Junior quarterback Garrett Nussmeier had four 30+ passing plays in the air and finished the game with 242 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Senior running back Ty’son Edwards finished with over 100 yards and two touchdowns.

Robinson finished the game with five catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Robinson said. “If they triple teaming me, I know my boy J. Mike or Dallas would be open. I knew there was no way they could stop all three of us.”

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Sophomore wide receiver and defensive back Dallas Dudley runs across the field as his teammates tackle Keller Central players behind him.

The Marauders’ defense held the Chargers to seven points. They ended the night with three sacks all on third downs. The secondary did their job as well, only giving up 55 passing yards.

“They [have] some really good receivers,” senior linebacker Ethan Barr said. “We knew we had to put some pressure on the quarterback so that way they didn’t get to utilize them. Our defense did a pretty good job upfront and in the back end. All around it was good.”

With this win, the team will move onto the area round of the playoffs and take on the Lake Highlands Wildcats, who got the win over Mansfield Summit 35-19. The game will take place on Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. It will be played at The Star in Frisco. 

“We have been working for this since we have been in high school,” Barr said. “It’s our first playoff showing. We played great. Our goal has been to win in the playoffs and that’s what we did.”

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