Marshall continued its 7-on-7 action in a state-qualifying tournament in Tyler on Saturday and then followed that up with its weekly meeting with Carthage, Evangel and Woodlawn on Tuesday as the Mavericks gained a few wins and experience.

“Saturday went pretty well,” Marshall offensive coordinator Zach Quinlan said. “We didn’t get out of pool play but we only lost one game so John Tyler ended up winning our pool. We were hoping to do better than what we did but I thought overall we did pretty well. We have another SQT Friday at Rowlett so we have one more shot at it and that will be the deciding factor as to whether or not we get to play in the state tournament or not.”

Overall, Quinlan said he believes it was a good experience for his team.

“This isn’t the first time they’ve competed in an SQT so they handled it well,” he added. “We’ve got some things we need to improve on offensively. I thought defensively, we played pretty well. I thought they gave us a chance in all our games to be successful but we just didn’t capitalize at times on offense. We installed some new things yesterday (Tuesday) to help us with that on Friday and we worked on it yesterday at Evangel in the 7-on-7 league play there and we’ll work on it again throughout the week getting ready for SQT.”

Tuesday evening saw the Mavericks go 2-1 once again, falling to Carthage.

“We played Carthage much better than what we’ve been playing them,” Quinlan said. “We had some key components missing yesterday too because Savion (Williams) didn’t play last night and we had two or three other kids who are off at camps doing other things. Missing those kids hurt and it sure was noticeable but we had some other kids step up and play really well and were successful.

“I was excited to see them step up and do some good things. I thought Demarcus Williams played really well again and has been. I thought Chi Chi (Domar Roberson) played really well and did some good things when he was in there. We’ve had a couple transfers come in and they’re playing really well. I think our secondary might be as good as it’s ever been. We’ve got some special talent back there right now and they’re growing and getting better. Coach (Quinton) Harlan, that’s kind of his baby, so you can already see the growth from him being here.”