Mustangs look to finish strong

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Grapevine’s football season has been difficult to say the least. At 1-7 and 1-4 in District 6-5A, the Mustangs will not be going to the postseason.

However, coach Dave Henigan and his staff likely look at the final two games of the 2013 season as an opportunity to finish strong.

There are winnable games against Irving MacArthur and Irving Nimitz. It starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday against MacArthur (2-6, 1-4) at Mustang-Panther Stadium.

The Mustangs are coming off a 56-9 loss at Euless Trinity in which they surrendered 685 yards of total offense. It was a long night. But the Mustangs kept playing and finished with 282 yards against the Trojans and kicked a field goal in the final minute to take something positive away from the game. Grapevine also had 17-play, 13-play and 10-play possessions.

Facing the Cardinals, MacArthur lost starting quarterback Logan Austin to a leg injury and has struggled to score points. In its three previous games against Colleyville Heritage, Irving Nimitz and Hurst L.D. Bell, the redbirds have averaged a little more than 10 points.

With Adam Sandy (lower leg injury) unsure to play for Friday, Sam Barry should be taking most of the snaps in practice. Barry missed the Trinity game with a hip pointer but should be back, Henigan said.

“If we play well, we got a chance to end the right way,” Henigan said. “Over the last two weeks, our team has really made some strides. Every year since I’ve been here, our team has played well in the last three or four weeks.”

Pickler rolling for Panthers

Colleyville Heritage quarterback Griffin Pickler has erupted into the quarterback that coach Mike Fuller envisioned the day after the 2012 season ended.

In the last two games against Irving and Irving Nimitz, Pickler has thrown for 670 yards and 11 touchdowns as the Panthers have scored 97 points in games where they clearly had the talent advantage.

Pickler should add to those numbers Thursday night at 7 p.m. when the Panthers (6-2, 4-1 in 6-5A) travel to Carrollton R.L. Turner (0-8, 0-5) to face the Lions.

“We’ve been basically been doing the same thing the last two weeks,” Fuller said. “We’re not adding any tags. But we’re trying to do is make sure there are not any mental lapses. I want him to treat a play in period 16 like he would on Friday night.”

Notable

The Panthers clinched a playoff berth for the seventh time in Fuller’s seven seasons with Friday’s 55-3 win over Irving Nimitz. With the No. 6 enrollment in the district, the Panthers will be in Division II. “It’s a good streak to be on,” Fuller said. “It beats not making it. But those are our expectations too.”… With junior running back Demarco Corbin’s undisclosed injury still hobbling him, it should be interesting to see how the Colleyville Heritage coaching staff treats him in the final two games against R.L. Turner and Hurst L.D. Bell … Linebacker Braxton Miller (undisclosed) is a gametime decision for Thursday. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t play given how much of a decided advantage the Panthers should have for this game ... Colleyville Heritage’s defense has allowed only three points in the last two games.

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