Opposing defenses likely cringe when they prepare to face Crowley and quarterback Matt Marner. The senior signal caller who became a starter midway through his sophomore season has picked up right where his junior one ended.
After a 10-2 season a year ago, Marner has led the 2013 Eagles to a 3-0 start with victories against Kennedale, North Crowley and Red Oak. So far he has thrown for 470 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 353 yards on 29 carries and four scores.
Not only does Marner handle the quarterbacking duties, he is also the teams punter.
Matt Marner is a tremendous leader, he is a National Honor Society kid and does everything the right way you would expect a football player to do, Crowley coach Chris James said. He is the first one to the field and the last one to lead. He is just a tremendous leader for the kids. Its like having another coach on the field, I trust him so much. He does so much to get us out of plays with his arms and legs.
Despite all his success, Marner is very humbled and is focused on teaching the younger kids the game to make sure his team wins another district title on his watch.
Im just trying to help get the young guys up to speed as fast as possible and theyve done a great job of picking it up, Marner said. The team has grown together and were executing in game situations. It all starts up front with the line. The biggest difference for me is I have had to step and be the leader I havent had to be in the past.
Marner despite all his success isnt sure football is in his future. The 6-foot-0, 175-pound leader hasnt had any looks for the next level yet, but his is ranked 10th in his class and plans to pursue a degree in engineering.
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