The Marauders tackle Keller Central players at last week's game. The Marauders ended the game on top 34-7. (Tara Connick)
The Marauders tackle Keller Central players at last week's game. The Marauders ended the game on top 34-7.

Tara Connick

Marauders to play Lake Highland Wildcats

Preview of the second round playoffs football game

November 22, 2019

The Marauders are looking to stop a rushing attack from the Lake Highland Wildcats in the area round of the playoffs. The game will take place tomorrow at 1 p.m. at The Star in Frisco. The Marauders are hoping to keep up the momentum they have from their 34-7 win against the Keller Central Chargers last week.

“Our mindset is to go 1-0 every week,” junior wide receiver J. Michael Sturdivant said. “We don’t focus on the negatives, we focus on the positives. Focusing on the positives and being successful in practice and executing will help us go 1-0.”

The Wildcats are coming into the game after taking down Mansfield Summit 35-19 last Friday. The team effectively moved the ball on the ground, only throwing four pass attempts with one of them being a 27-yard touchdown. 

However, the Wildcats had 45 rushing attempts and ended the night with 296 yards on the ground. Sophomore quarterback Mitch Coulson had the most rushing attempts with 25. He also had 158 rushing yards and three touchdowns with his feet. This means that the Wildcats’ offense calls a lot of read-option plays. If the Wildcats get the run game going early, it could be a problem for the Marauders. 

We don’t focus on the negatives, we focus on the positives. Focusing on the positives and being successful in practice and executing will help us go 1-0.”

— J. Michael Sturdivant, 11

“We got to come up and make tackles,” senior linebacker Michael Carignan said. “Keep the quarterback inside the box and play run first, then pass.”

Area round games are played in a neutral stadium, which in this case is the Dallas Cowboys practice facility. The game will be broadcasted on TV, so the stage will be the biggest so far this season. While this can be distracting for some teams, the Marauders know that if they want to be tough to beat, they can’t lose their focus.

“At the end of the day, it’s just a football game,” Sturdivant said. “No matter when or where were playing its the same game, the same goal.”

This game is being played on a Saturday rather than the usual Friday, so the Marauders will get an extra day to prepare. Most teams will be taking time off or working on mental reps. The Marauders aren’t planning on practicing all out with full pads, however they are  going to go through walk-throughs and watch films of previous games. 

The team will also continue its motto of going “1-0” and “staying hungry.”

“We’re just like a brotherhood so we continue to fight with each other,” Carignan said. “We’re starving.”

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