Jason Shelley Helps Frisco Lone Star Dominate + Eliminate Marshall, 56-7
ARLINGTON -- Marshall's season came to a crashing halt Saturday afternoon, but not before the Mavericks re-established themselves as an East Texas power.
Frisco Lone Star junior quarterback Jason Shelley and a suffocating defense propelled the Rangers to a dominating 56-7 rout of Marshall in their Class 5A Division II, Region II semifinal at AT&T Stadium.
Marshall, which beat longtime rival Longview for the first time since 2000, finished its season 11-2, the Mavericks' most wins since 2005's state finalist team.
"I'm really, really proud of these kiddos," said Marshall third-year coach Clint Harper. "We've come a long way in three years, those that have been around have seen the growth of these kids. This loss today doesn't take away the greatness of the year, even though we didn't play well today. Beating Longview, winning the district championship, going three rounds deep in the playoffs, playing (at AT&T Stadium). There's a lot of great things that happened this year."
Shelley, a junior who holds offers from Clemson, Nebraska, and SMU, put up 450 yards of offense and accounted for six touchdowns -- three passing, two rushing, and one receiving.
"They've got a quarterback (who is offered) by Clemson, and Clemson doesn't just hand out those things," Harper said. "They're not like lollipops. You've got to be really good to get an offer from Clemson, who's about to play for a national championship. He's a really good quarterback, and they've got really good skill kids around him, good scheme. They got after us offensively."
Lone Star (12-1) will face Lancaster (10-3) at 5:30 p.m. Friday from AT&T Stadium in the state quarterfinals.
The Rangers piled up 580 yards of offense. Shelley completed 15 of 24 attempts for 340 yards, and ran 23 times for 110 yards. He also hauled in a 1-yard reception for Lone Star's first score of the game.
Marshall found the going difficult, offensively, collecting just 113 yards -- 63 of that coming on running back Chavis Mills' second-quarter touchdown that cut the Lone Star lead to 21-7.
Mavericks junior Cam Haller, who took over for injured starting quarterback Justin Hart in Week 9, was held in check. He finished with minus-5 yards on the ground, and passed for only 11 yards on 5-of-15 completions.
"They got after us up front, and they were a better football team today," Harper said. "They're a good football team, and we knew that going in. We did some things today that we haven't done in 13 games. I don't know if it was the atmosphere or stadium that got us a little bit early in the first half. But that's not an excuse, they played better than us. That's the bottom line."
Lone Star drove down the field to begin the game, and on fourth-and-goal from the 1, receiver Jaylen Dixon took the handoff from Shelley, who sprinted to the corner of the end zone and brought in the touchdown. The march was 77 yards in 14 plays, and Lone Star held a 7-0 lead with 6:44 to play in the opening quarter.
Marshall's defense recovered a fumble and forced a three-and-out on Lone Star's next two series, but the Rangers were back at it on their first possession of the second quarter. Shelley's 1-yard touchdown run pushed the lead to 14-0 with 8:46 remaining in the half.
Another long scoring drive pushed Lone Star's lead to 21-0, as running back Darrin Smith polished off an 11-play drive with a 4-yard scoring run.
Mills' 63-yard score got Marshall on the board on the ensuing series, but Lone Star answered before the half with a 61-yard touchdown pass from Shelley to Coby Shelton, which gave the Rangers a 28-7 lead at the break.
Shelton finished with four receptions for 117 yards.
"We missed a couple of coverages, just some things we haven't done all year with some sophomores," Harper said.
Lone Star punctuated the rout with touchdowns on each of its first four drives of the second half. Shelley connected with Dixon for 32 yards, then hit Jrayton Fuksa with a 31-yard soring pass in the third.
Shelley had a 2-yard touchdown run, and Smith punched one in from 4 yards in the fourth quarter.
Frisco Lone Star 56, Marshall 7
Class 5A Division II Region II Semifinal
At AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Marshall 0 7 0 0 -- 7
Lone Star 7 21 14 14 -- 56
LS--Jason Shelley 1 pass from Jaylen Dixon (Jacob Click kick), 6:44.
LS--Shelley 1 run (Click kick), 8:46.
LS--Darrin Smith 4 run (Click kick), 3:44.
MAR--Chavis Mills 63 run (Alan Martinez kick), 3:28.
LS--Coby Shelton 61 pass from Shelley (Click kick), 1:58.
LS--Dixon 32 pass from Shelley (Click kick), 8:15.
LS--Jrayton Fuksa 31 pass from Shelley (Click kick), 3:46.
LS--Shelley 2 run (Click kick), 11:00.
LS--Smith 4 run (Click kick), 7:52.
First Downs 5 28
Total Yards 113 580
Rushes-Yards 28-102 51-239
Passing Yards 11 341
Comp.-Att.-Int. 5-15-0 16-25-0
Punts-Avg. 8-38.3 1-38.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 4-26 5-35
RUSHING--Marshall, Chavis Mills 16-108, Trel Patton 2-0, Cam Haller 10-(-6). Lone Star, Jason Shelley 23-110, Darrin Smith 19-72, Jaylen Dixon 5-34, Chris Miller 3-23, Colt Hedrick 1-0.
PASSING--Marshall, Haller 5-15-0--11. Lone Star, Shelley 15-24-0--340, Dixon 1-1-0--1.
RECEIVING--Marshall, Patton 3-9, Mills 1-7, Jaquavian Dabbs 1-(-5). Lone Star, Coby Shelton 4-117, Michael Johnson 4-93, Dixon 3-46, Smith 2-41, Jrayton Fuksa 1-31, Dakota Albrecht 1-12, Shelley 1-1.