CARROLLTON – Flower Mound Marcus gave the Waxahachie Indians a great preview of what District 15-4A favorite Corsicana might look like come Oct. 7 as the Indians opened the 2011 season in the Old Coach-Avery Air Kickoff Classic Saturday against the Marauders.
Marcus scored on seven of its nine offensive possessions en route to a 51-21 victory at Standridge Stadium.
“They are a big 5A football team. They are a physical, hard-nose football team. They run right at you, add in a few wrinkles with the quarterback and they are a team similar to what Corsicana is going to be so we are going to have to learn to play like that,” Waxahachie head coach David Ream said.
Despite the size advantage in the trenches and Marcus’ 14-0 lead right out of the gate, Waxahachie fought until the end while overcoming leg cramps to some of its key players.
“I am real proud of the kids. They got up 14 and we had a chance to quit on them but we made a comeback, matched touchdowns for a couple of series before the fumble at the end of the first half that hurt us,” Ream added.
“I could not be more proud of the effort. It is not easy when those linemen are pounding you and they bring that big running back right behind them.”
Following three consecutive three-and-outs on offense, Waxahachie quarterback Don King III caught up with Ream on the sideline and had a brief chat with the head coach.
The talk paid off as King went to the air on the next series and drove the Indians 88 yards for a touchdown. Marcus added a score before King drove Waxahachie back down the field to make it a one score game, 21-14.
Waxahachie turned the ball over on two of its next three drives while Marcus countered with touchdowns to take a commanding lead.
While losing by 30 points in the season opener can be heart-breaking, Ream and the Indians had several bright sports as they head into Friday’s game against Dallas Carter.
“They are a good football team, but we had some bright spots. Our freshman kicker did a good job for us. Don threw the ball well. Friday I did not even know if he could throw it for five yards but he threw it well and we made some big catches,” Ream said. “We just have to eliminate some of the mistakes that we have made.”
King was 13-of-22 passing for 169 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game with 11:02 remaining in the fourth quarter due to severe cramps. His top target on offense, Terrance Hawkins, also suffered severe cramps in the fourth quarter. Hawkins finished the game with eight catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns earning the team’s offensive player of the week award.
Against one of the biggest defensive lines it will see all year, Waxahachie averaged 4.1 yards per rush as Robert Lowe Jr. led the way with 76 yards on 10 attempts. Corey Culton rushed for 19 yards on three carries from the fullback position while scoring the Indians’ only rushing touchdown.
Freshman kicker Kevin Clark was spotless in his varsity debut as he was 3-for-3 on extra point opportunities. He was also used late in the game to punt when King was sidelined with the heat cramps. Clark averaged 28.5 yards per punt with a long of 32 yards.
The Indians look to bounce back Friday as they play Dallas Carter (0-1) at Kincaide Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. with tickets on sale at the Waxahachie Daily Light.