Written by Jon Machota
Goal-line stand before half powers Flower Mound Marcus to win over rival in Mound Showdown
RB rumbles for 180 yards; defense and special teams score TDs in win over rival
FLOWER MOUND — The first-half clock hadn’t completely run out, and Flower Mound Marcus coach Bryan Erwin was already on the field celebrating.
He had a good reason: His defense had come up with possibly its biggest stop of the season. The goal-line stand preserved a 34-7 halftime lead and helped propel Marcus to a 34-14 victory over rival Flower Mound on Friday night at Marauder Stadium.
With nine seconds remaining in the half, Flower Mound (3-6, 1-3 in District 5-5A) tried a run play, needing only a yard to score. But running back Cole McKeel was stopped in his tracks. Flower Mound was out of timeouts, so Erwin ran onto the field with a few seconds still on the clock, pumping his fist, hugging players and even picking a few up.
“I had a little burst of adrenaline there,” Erwin said afterward. “That was a big stop.”
Marcus (3-6, 2-2) never trailed and didn’t punt until there were eight minutes remaining in the contest.
Senior quarterback Ryan Vaughn was a perfect 5-for-5 passing and got Marcus on the board with a 4-yard touchdown pass to senior Wyatt Verret less than three minutes into the game. Senior defensive back Tyler Mouton then jumped a route and returned an interception for another score nine seconds later.
Vaughn added a 4-yard score, senior running back Court Prescott added a 5-yard rushing touchdown and Victor Villarreal recovered a blocked punt in the end zone.
Senior linebacker Garrett Putnam blocked that punt. He also had a fourth-quarter interception that helped seal the outcome.
Prescott, who finished with 180 yards on 28 carries, was the workhorse in the second half, running out the clock and taking several big hits.