Written by Jon Machota
Marcus holds Plano West to 40 yards passing, 10 first downs in 24-8 win
FLOWER MOUND — Aside from allowing a 54-yard touchdown run, Flower Mound Marcus couldn’t have asked for a much better way to start the season.
Marcus held Plano West to only 40 passing yards and 10 first downs, pulling away in the second half for a 24-8 zero week victory.
“We played solid,” Marcus coach Bryan Erwin said. “But we got a long way to go. I like this bunch.”
Erwin certainly liked what he saw from sophomore tight end Kaden Smith. The team’s second-leading receiver last year with 14 catches, caught four passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns. His first score came on a 1-yard grab in the back of the end zone, putting Marcus up 14-8 shortly before halftime.
Smith’s second reception was much more impressive, a 70-yard scoring strike down the middle of the field midway through the third quarter. Senior quarterback Cole Erwin hit the 6-5 tight end in stride over the top of his head near midfield.
“I’ve never done that before,” Smith said. “I was just in shock because I didn’t get too many throws last year. I’m trying to make every throw to me count so he does it again.”
Senior running back Auston Anderson was one of the few bright spots for Plano West (0-1), rushing 15 times for 164 yards and the team’s only touchdown.
“We were just bad on offense tonight,” Plano West coach Mike Hughes said. “They were more physical than us up front.”
It also didn’t help that Plano West was without its other standout running back, Sotonye Jamabo.
Marcus senior Mark Demery helped run out the second-half clock, carrying 16 times for 66 yards in the final two quarters.