What was Marshall's most unexpected win this year?
Most disappointing loss?
unexpected win was John Tyler. NO ONE was picking Marshall to beat JT. Literally no one. They had a stud coming back at quarterback and they were the big 5A school. Marshall had a new coach and new systems and is a little 5A school. Hardly anyone picked us to win that game.
disappointing loss was Hallsville. We had them beat in every imaginable category you can beat a team except the one that matters most. We sucked the entire first half. Game should have been a blowout. But we finally took the lead late in the game but blew it in the final seconds. Never should have lost that game. But our play calling was terrible and our execution was even worse.
I agree no one thought we would beat Tyler and we did. Everyone picked Tyler to beat us. And it was a great win, but in the end the Lions ended up not being a good team at all. They were terrible. Maybe worse than some of our district games.
But in my opinion the BIGGEST win of the season was beating Whitehouse on the road. They had already beat Texas High and was a favorite to win the district championship against us. And we not only won the game, we dominated them in front of big home crowd.
I also agree the Hallsville game was disappointing to lose, but the playoff game against Crandall was just unbelievable. To get inside the 2 yardline in the final min and not win is just something I can't forget. We gave the ball to our best player and game up short. But kicking the FG to win might should have been an option too. We wasted too much time getting down there anyways. I guess we probably would have lost the next week against Midlothian Heritage, but still. I would have rather been playing in the second round than sitting at home.
Post by Mavfan4life on Dec 19, 2022 20:45:57 GMT -6
Unexpected win: Whitehouse. Not even close. They were 8-1 when we played them.
Disappointing loss: Losing to Crandall by 1 point has to rank as one of the most heartbreaking playoff losses in history. Ranks up there with Ennis in the state championship game, Huntsville in 2018, and Dallas Carter in 1988?. All gut wrenching losses. Hard pill to swallow this season.
Our most disappointing loss in my opinion was Carthage. Not that we lost, they were the #1 team in the state. It was how we lost. We weren't competitive the entire game. We did NOTHING offensively that game. Kilgore and Gilmer had better games against them than we did. We never threatened to score in the game and we certainly never stopped them. It was without a a doubt the ugliest game I've seen Marshall play in a long long time. And that's saying a lot considering some of our games against Longview (which was also a disappointing loss).
Unexpected win was definitely Whitehouse. Beating JT was only a shock in August because no one thought we could compete. By November though we found out the Lions were terrible. Nothing to brag about that we beat them. But beating WH when they were 8-1 ON THE ROAD was huge.
MOST UNEXPECTED WIN: WHITEHOUSE. Absolutely NO ONE picked Marshall to beat Whitehouse. Especially after the Wildcats had beat Texas High. Beating WH on the road in front of a packed Wildcat crowd was just crazy. The fact that it was a total blowout was just a cherry on top.
MOST DISAPPOINTING LOSS: This is a tough call. It's easy to say the 1 point loss to Crandall in the playoffs. It was definitely a game we could have won. The thing is though.... they were (8-2) and coming out of a LOADED district. Marshall was the underdog in spite of being the home team. Tough draw for the Mavs.....but most people picked the Pirates. The fact that we hung with them...and almost pulled the upset is something to take into consideration. It was definitely a a tough loss to swallow. BUUUUUUTTTTT..... that Hallsville game. We never should have lost that game. But we came out flat in the first half and just laid an egg. If we had come out and played MAVERICK FOOTBALL....that game would have been a blowout. Especially against the WORST defense in the district. We looked horrid in the first half. Second half we looked like we SHOULD have the whole game. Defense let us down a little. Esp with Hallsville basically being a one man show at QB. That was a tough loss to take. It left a lot more bitter taste in my mouth than the playoff game did.
Whitehouse was definitely a bigger win as far as the district race was concerned AND it being on the road. It allowed us to host a playoff game.
But I think beating Tyler in the season opener was bigger overall. No one knew Tyler was going to struggle the way they did. No one was giving little old Marshall a chance to win the game. Some of the crazy predictions on smoaky showed that no one from Tyler, Longview, or anywhere else really thought we had a chance. We dominated that game and it wasn't even as close as the score looked.
Most disappointing loss? All of them for different reasons.
The total lack of competitiveness against Longview and Carthage was disheartening. Not that we lost, but that we never even challenged them to be honest.
The Hallsville game will keep me bitter for a long time. I'm bitter at the terrible play calling. Bitter about how poorly the team played. Bitter about how Hallsville made is look terrible for an entire half. Bitter the defense was awful all night. Bitter that we lost that game in the last seconds.
The Texas High game was frustrating because we had every chance in the world to put them away and beat them and we just couldn't do it. A couple of bad calls by the ref may or may not have cost us the game. But we have no one to blame but ourselves for not nailing the coffin shut.
Crandall game was just crazy to watch. One of the most exciting games in Marshall history. We were outmatched all over the field. But we fought out butts off and almost got a big upset. Came up 1 yard short. Should have kicked the field goal. Doesn't matter we had a buzz saw waiting in the second round. Wasn't Heritage like #3 in the state?
2023 should be an exciting year. Big things could be in store.