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Marshall Mavs’ coach looks to fix mistakes, prepare for opener after scrimmage

By Nathan Hague
Aug. 20, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Marshall quarterback J.J. Green carries the ball Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 during a scrimmage at home against Pleasant Grove.

Fans gathered at Maverick Stadium Friday night to get their first taste of Marshall football for 2017 as the Mavs hosted Pleasant Grove in a scrimmage.

The two teams played two 15-minute quarters with a running clock where the Hawks found the end zone a couple times while holding the Mavs to just one touchdown. Marshall head coach Claude Mathis said his team has a lot of work to do but it's not time to panic.

"It almost happened like I expected," Mathis said. "I kind of knew this was going to happen and when I say I knew this was going to happen, we've got a wing-t team, which we're going to see once a year. We weren't prepared for those guys. We're only worried about ourselves. I really thought our defense played well for playing against a wing-t team, I really did. I think our offense was nervous."

Marshall's first year head coach said it's up to him to get the Mavericks in shape for the start of the season.

"We're not in shape now," he added. "We made too many mistakes. We really killed ourselves with mistakes tonight and I kind of knew that was going to happen because we weren't in shape yet. When you don't get in shape, you start doing things and making physical and mental mistakes. That's on me and I've got to get that fixed. That's all on me. That's not on those kids. I've got to get this fixed."

Mathis said he was pleased to get a lot of his young players some experience.

"That was huge tonight," he said. "We've got a lot of kids, a lot of young kids. We've got a lot of injuries too. We have some leaders who aren't there yet. We've got some kids who have not played. We've got two new quarterbacks who got in there and made some mistakes but they did a great job, they did. They did a great job for their first scrimmage with us. So I can take a lot of positives out of this but me, what my expectations are, I'm up here so I'm always going to talk more on the negatives right now until we get things fixed."

The Mavericks will scrimmage in Carthage against the Bulldogs Friday at 7 p.m. before kicking off the season at home Friday, Sept. 1 against the Tyler Lee Red Raiders.



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