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4th-quarter FGs, defensive stop lift Timberview over Marcus
ARLINGTON — Mansfield Timberview has overcome the stunning death of an assistant coach and injuries. Saturday, Timberview continued its surprising run through the Class 5A Division II state playoffs by holding on to a 27-21 victory over Flower Mound Marcus at Cowboys Stadium.
Timberview took the lead with two fourth-quarter field goals by junior Nick Cannon and stopped Marcus by less than a foot on a fourth-down at the Timberview 20-yard line with 30 seconds left. Timberview outgained Marcus by 474 yards total offense to 264 and had a 23-12 first-down advantage. But the Wolves also had 115 yards in penalties — most in the second half — to Marcus’ 30 yards.
Timberview typically compensated with critical third-down conversions as senior quarterback Chuck Taylor led the way with 10 first downs in Timberview’s last 14 attempts.
“We always know there are going to be ups and downs,” Taylor said. “And we have to get through it.”
Timberview (10-2) plays at Abilene Cooper (9-3) at 6 p.m. next Saturday at Shotwell Stadium. Ranked No. 16 in The News’ final area poll, Timberview beat No. 6 Marcus and No. 7 Colleyville Heritage in the first two rounds.
“No one picked us to win,” Timberview coach Mark Walker said. “So I guess it’s an upset.”
Timberview assistant coach Cody McCarty died from an apparent heart attack less than a month ago, and Timberview responded with a 22-point rally for a critical district win and ended third in 5-5A.
Taylor (considered a solid pro baseball draft prospect as an outfielder), speedy junior running back Josh Smith and a bevy of talented receivers have developed into a highly versatile, multiple-formation offense. Taylor rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown while Smith had 99 yards and a score. Taylor completed 12 of 19 passes to seven different receivers for 220 yards.
Marcus uncharacteristically had to rely on a big plays rather than its typically tempo-controlling offense to tie the score three times. Senior running back Jeff Smiley tied the score at 7-7 with an 86-yard scoring run and sophomore quarterback Cole Erwin connected with his freshman brother Cade Erwin for a 55-yard touchdown pass. Senior Deion Sanders Jr., who played receiver and defensive back, scored on an 8-yard run, taking a direct snap in shotgun formation.