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12/7/05-Marshall

Marshall Fans Frenzied For Football Playoff

High school football playoff spirit is at a fever pitch in Marshall as the Mavericks are gearing up for their second straight state championship game.

"Oh the excitement has been rising all over town , everybody's so happy that this is going on" said Marshall business owner Deb Wallace.

They suffered a heartbreaking loss in last year's championship game against Ennis, and this year the team has a simple motto, 15 games-and finish.

"We've gotten to the 15 now and now we've got to try to close the deal and finish this thing" said Marshall head coach Rodney Southern.

After a season opening loss to Longview, Marshall has never looked back, winning every game to reach the final, and even the calm collected coaching staff has gotten caught up into the frenzied spirit.

"Getting here twice in two years a lot of coaches, coach 30 years and never get here, we're just happy to be here again and sometimes we sit back and say hey can you believe we're here again" said Mavericks defensive coordinator Thedrick Harris.

Townspeople find themselves fans for possibly the first time.

"Its been great for the town I mean certain events that had been scheduled have been cancelled because of the playoffs" said maverick fan Robert Sorich.

Marshall will face Highland Park Saturday for the class 4-A division I championship at Trinity Mother Frances rose stadium in Tyler. 

Bob Hallmark reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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