Wylie Ousts Marshall With 42-21 Opening-Round Victory
MIDLOTHIAN -- The Marshall Mavericks reached the playoffs in head coach Clint Harper's first year on the job, but their season was cut short with a 42-21 loss to Wylie on Friday night.
Wylie (7-4) advanced to the area round of the playoffs where it will meet Mansfield Summit next week.
Marshall (3-8), back in the postseason after suffering through 2-8 and 1-9 campaigns the last two years, was kept off the scoreboard until midway through the third quarter. Wylie built a 21-0 halftime lead and increased the advantage to 28-0 before Tanner Arst's 24-yard touchdown pass to Deondre Osborne with 5:12 remaining in the third.
The Pirates scored twice in the fourth quarter on a 20-yard by Kevin Tran and a 32-yarder by Kameron Kelly to swell the lead to 42-7. Marshall scored twice late in the fourth on Jauque Kuykendall's 3-yard run and a 44-yard pass from Arst to John Love.
Wylie outgained Marshall 494-335 on the night. Carsen Cook passed for 168 yards and two touchdowns, Dontae Slay had a team-high 98 rushing yards on five attempts and Tristen Clark rushed for 62 yards on 11 carries. The duo of Tran and Kelly combined for 102 yards and three touchdowns as Wylie rushed for 298 yards as a team.
Arst was 11-of-20 for 228 yards and two touchdowns in the losing effort for Marshall. Mitchell Leonard caught five passes for 122 yards, while Kuykendall ran for 85 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
-- Stats courtesy dallasnews.com