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Flower Mound Marcus bulls past Keller Fossil Ridge, 34-0
Productive backfield duo keeps Marcus plowing ahead
ARLINGTON — Flower Mound Marcus’ Harvey Giddens and Jeff Smiley call their two-pronged attack “bang-bang, pow-pow.”
It goes something like this: Giddens right, Smiley left, Smiley left, Giddens right.
On Saturday, the Marauders went “bang-bang, pow-pow” in a 34-0 victory over Keller Fossil Ridge at Cowboys Stadium. Giddens and Smiley combined for 255 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
The Marauders (10-1) will play Mansfield Timberview (9-2), a 44-19 victor over Colleyville Heritage, at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium.
Marcus dominated Fossil Ridge with old-school power football. The Marauders wore down the Panthers with their one-two offensive punch and an overpowering defense.
“That’s pretty much our game plan every week,” Marcus coach Bryan Erwin said. “We believe that you’ve got to be able to run the ball and play good defense, especially at this time of year.”
The Marauders outgained the Panthers, 395-114, extending a 10-0 halftime lead with three touchdowns over a 5:49 stretch in the third quarter.
Forty-three of Marcus’ 66 offensive plays went to Smiley and Giddens. Smiley ran 20 times for 125 yards, opening the scoring with a 4-yard run in the first quarter. Giddens carried 23 times for 135 yards, scoring on a 2-yard run in the third quarter.
With Fossil Ridge expecting the run, Cole Erwin threw to wide-open Cody Apfel for a 31-yard touchdown. Deion Sanders Jr. had a 9-yard scoring run, and Drew Hamrick added field goals of 34 and 20 yards.
“We tried to run as much as we could,” said Giddens, who has 1,745 yards and 24 touchdowns. “We wanted to keep the ball away from them and keep our defense fresh.”
Giddens is the primary inside weapon. Smiley is the main outside threat. Both are capable of doing both.
Smiley also had one of Marcus’ four interceptions. The Marauders allowed only 40 yards rushing, and limited Sheldon Neuse to 9-of-27 passing for 74 yards.
“We say we’re opposites, but we do a lot of the same things,” said Smiley, who has 1,430 yards and 19 touchdowns. “I could run like him inside if I built up the courage. I’d say I’m faster than him, but not by much.’’