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WEEK 5: Pine Tree (0-4, 0-0) Vs. Marshall (2-2, 0-0) DISTRICT OPENER


Pine Tree Vs. Marshall  

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  1. 1. Who you got?

    • Pine Tree in a close one
    • Marshall in a close one
    • Pine Tree in a blowout
    • Marshall in a blowout

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Games start counting now.

Pine Tree enters the game (0-4) with losses to Van (28-14), Lindale (40-17), Kilgore (20-14), and Jacksonville (31-21).

Marshall enters the game (2-2) with wins over Tyler (40-29) and Henderson (44-7) and losses to #1 Longview (48-11) and #1Carthage (42-0).

Both teams are looking to open district with a win.  

Marshall has been to the playoffs 8 of the last 9 seasons and 14 of the last 18 seasons with two state title appearances and four regional appearances.

Marshall leads the overall series (29-10-1) dating back to 1966.  Since rejoining them as district mates in 2002, Marshall has been (17-3).

It's homecoming for Marshall.  The Mavs have won 36 consecutive homecoming games dating back to 1986. 

The last homecoming loss was in 1985 to...... Pine Tree (33-8). 

That had been Pine Tree's last win in Maverick Stadium until the Pirates snapped a 10 game losing streak that dated back to that 1985 contest back in 2020 (24-7).

Although this game is in Marshall..... DID YOU KNOW.....the Mavericks have never lost a game at Pine Tree's Pirate Stadium?  They are (7-0) there since it opened in 2013.  (5-0) Vs. the Pirates and (2-0) in the playoffs.

I'll get all the stats and stuff posted later on. 


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Totally different feel to this game from the last two seasons.

PT broke a long losing streak to Marshall in 2020.....

At this time last year....this game was thought to be for the district title....and was a barn burner....

Crickets this year.

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My article for the MNM for Friday's game:

Marshall completed one of the toughest 5A non-district schedules in the state of Texas with an overall record of (2-2).  Facing off against two top ranked teams in Longview (5A division I) and Carthage (4A division II),  the Mavericks now turn their attention to their district 8-5A foes.

The Pine Tree Pirates (0-4) enter Maverick Stadium winless and hungry for an upset.

With wins over Tyler and Henderson, Marshall is looking to jump right into the driver's seat for the district championship.

The Mavs will be looking to take control of the game with a ball-hogging offense and a stingy defense.

Running back JQ Davis enters the game with 472 yards on 75 carries and five touchdowns.   He is averaging 6.2 yards per carry.

Bird Robinson has added 313 yards on 37 carries with a pair of scores of his own.  He is averaging 8.4 yards per carry.

Quarterback Collier Slone comes in 319 yards passing and four touchdowns.  He has tossed only one interception on the season.

Semaj Gatson has become a utility player that has racked up over 100 yards of offense this season rushing and receiving as well.

Six different Maverick receivers have been targeted for catches this season including Jacorey Smith, Zach Smith, Judson Illingsworth, as well as Davis, Robinson, and Gatson.

Marshall is averaging 23.7 PPG on offense.  The Pine Tree defense has been surrendering 29.7 PPG thus far this season.

The Maverick defense will be looking to keep a Pine Tree offense subdued as they have been averaging only 16.5 PPG.

The Pirates have been rotating quarterbacks with senior Cale Skinner and sophomore Keveun Palmer taking the snaps.

Senior Devonta Davis and Junior Tre Brown have been sharing the rushing duties for the Pirates.

Pine Tree struggled in their non-district schedule, going winless in four games all against 4A teams including Van, Lindale, Kilgore, and Jacksonville.

Marshall leads the overall series with Pine Tree (29-10-1).  Since joining the Pirates in 2002 the Mavericks have dominated with a (17-3) record.  Marshall has only lost to PT at Maverick Stadium twice since it opened in 1980. 

In spite of the lop-sidedness of the records, many of the games have been barnburners as five of the last eleven games have been decided by seven points or less.  Marshall won last year 17-10.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 at Maverick Stadium.

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52 minutes ago, Valhalla said:

I was under the impression [maybe falsely] that Pine Tree was going to be decent this year?

Pine Tree is loaded with athletes EVERY YEAR.  Just as many as Marshall and Texas High imho.   They just never seem to pull it together.  2020 was the one time in the last 20 years that they managed to piece it all together.

Hope they do one day.   Just not tonight 😂

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