MARSHALL — The Marshall Mavericks started the season off the way they wanted Friday night, with a win over Royse City with in a 54-21 final to earn their first win on opening night since 2008.
Quarterback Justin Hart went 9-of-12 for 101 yards, and two touchdowns. Trel Patton added a couple touchdowns on the night to help his team cruise to a week one victory.
The first touchdown of the season came on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Hart to John Love with 6:39 remaining in the first quarter. The point after try by Alan Martinez was good, making it 7-0 Marshall.
It didn’t take long for Marshall’s offense to strike again. With 3:22 left in the first quarter, Osborne took off for a 36-yard touchdown run to put his team up 14-0.
Marshall’s next touchdown was also from 36-yards out, this time it was Trel Patton to score, giving the Mavs a 21-0 lead with 10:21 left in the second quarter.
After recovering a Marshall fumble, Royse City put together a drive and a penalty put the Bulldogs inside the 1-yard line. Quarterback Courtland Vance snuck up the middle to punch it up the middle and scored his team’s first touchdown, making it 21-7 with 6:26 in the second quarter.
With just seconds before halftime, the Marshall was in Royse City territory. A penalty against the Bulldogs put the Mavs at the Royse City 25-yard line. Hart connected with Cordell Archfield in the end zone to make it 28-7, leaving just one second left on the clock before halftime.
Marshall wasted no time in the second half. John Love scored on a 55-yard touchdown run to spread his team’s lead to 34-7 with 10:565 left in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs gave the Mavs a run for their money. Quarterback Courtland Vance connected with DeVante Alexander on a 3-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 34-14.
On the next drive, Patrick Perry intercepted a pass from John Love and took deep into Marshall territory to set up a 1-yard touchdown run from Ibn Muhammad, making the score 34-21 with 2:30 left in the third quarter.
The Mavs gave themselves a little more breathing room on a 1-yard touchdown run from Deondre Osborne to cap off a 57-yard drive, spreading their lead to 34-21 with 9:51 left in the third.
Marshall continued to pour it on, scoring with 9:51 left in the game when Cameron Haller punched it in from a yard away, making it 41-21.
Patton scored again, this time from the 2-yard line to make it 47-21 with 2:44 left and Tyler Leonard had an interception return for a touchdown from about 28 yards away to put the nail in the coffin and seal off the team’s first win of the season in a 54-21 final.