Thanks to a dominating performance in the second half of an area playoff matchup, Marshall’s football team came away with a 63-24 win over Nederland at NRG Stadium, the home of the Houston Texans.

“I lost it at halftime, I’m not going to lie,” the Marshall athletic director and head football coach Claude Mathis said after the game. “It wasn’t a pleasant scene but I got my point across.

“It was big time defensive adjustments and after that we made some offensive adjustments and basically, we just have to play,” Mathis continued when asked what he told his team in the locker room, trailing 21-13 at the half. “We’ve got to get the ball to our playmakers and that’s what we did the second half.”

The game took place on Mathis’ birthday and he said his players had extra motivation to win because of it.

“Yeah they did,” Mathis said. “They definitely did and I love them. I could tell they really wanted to win for me on my birthday. They just did not want us to go home with a loss. I know those guys love me. It was very emotional for me and it meant the world to me, it really did.”

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a 10-part series looking back at the biggest athletic stories at Marshall High School during the 2018-19 school year.