Offensive line leads City View to blowout win against Ponder
Everyone has a desire to be protected. But when a person not used to protection suddenly has plenty of protection, they remain on high alert and sometimes look for a quick escape route.
Seniors Cade Farrell, Bobby Copeland and Crafton Lindenborn along with sophomore Camron Hudson and freshman Mason Hill are the City View Mustangs offensive line.
Their job is to provide protection for quarterback Isaiah Marks. They provided outstanding protection on Friday night as the Mustangs defeated Ponder 47-6 at Veterans Field on senior night.
The outstanding protection provided by the offensive line is something that Marks is still learning to trust.
“I have to get used to it because I’m still looking for someone trying to hit me. I have to realize that our line is really good, and I just have to get better at trusting them more,” Marks said after passing for 302 yards and five touchdowns.
“They’ve just really progressed over last year,” Marks said. “They’ve gotten bigger, faster, stronger and their really committed to the game this year.”
“It’s just a night and day difference from where we’ve been in the past. They’re just gritty and they play hard,” Hawkins said. “They want to stay on their blocks, and they take it personal if Zeek (Isaiah Marks) gets hit.”
The offensive line has not only improved in their pass protection. They also open large holes for the running backs as evidenced by 150 rushing yards in the first half as City View jumped out to a 35-6 lead.
“They make huge holes for the running backs that are open every time,” Marks raved.
“It opens up a lot of things. Other teams can’t do just one thing. If they stack the box, we can throw the ball and if they get out of the box, we can run the ball,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins is also quick to give credit to the work his assistant coaches have put in with the offensive line.
Knowing the Mustangs play in a tough district, Hawkins hopes the offensive line continues to grow throughout the season.
“I hope this is the worst we’re going to be up front,” Hawkins said. “I hope we just continue to get better.”
CITY VIEW 47, PONDER 6
Ponder – 0 6 0 0 – 6
City View – 20 15 12 0 – 47
CV – Jalyn Marks 63 pass from Isaiah Marks (kick failed) – 10:55
CV – Javen Jones 27 run (Jaylyn Marks pass from Isaiah Marks) – 8:02
CV – Jalyn Marks 36 pass from Isaiah Marks (kick failed) – 7:21
P – Chase Taylor 1 run (kick failed) – 10:42
CV – Jones 20 run (Jones pass from Isaiah Marks) – 2:27
CV – Jalyn Marks 24 pass from Isaiah Marks (Christian Luevano-Cruz kick) – 0:00
CV – Jalyn Marks 64 pass from Isaiah Marks (kick failed) – 11:40
CV – Wesson Ham 32 pass from Isaiah Marks (kick failed) – 9:23
First downs: (P) 14; (CV) 15
Rushing: (P) 55-238; (CV) 24-165
Passing: (P) 5-10-0 – 47; (CV) 10-19-0 – 302
Punting: (P) 4-30; (CV) 6-35
Fumbles: (P) 3-2; (CV) 1-0
Penalties: (P) 13-110; (CV) 12-143
RUSHING – (Ponder) Terrance Clark 21-170, Chase Taylor 24-32, Tre Carter 2-26, Jose Avila 6-6, Dale Camp 1-6, Kris Hicks 1-(-2). (City View) Javen Jones 3-53, Jourdain Durham 4-52, Isaiah Marks 7-44, Chris Graham 6-22, Bobby Brown 2-4, Team 2-(-10).
PASSING – (Ponder) Taylor 5-10-0 – 47. (City View) Isaiah Marks 10-19-0 – 302
RECEIVING – (Ponder) Oscar Martinez 1-18, Clark 2-12, John Sweeden 1-12, Demetri Stowers 1-5. (City View) Jayln Marks 5-227, Wesson Ham 1-32, Darion Harbuck 1-18, Brown 1-11, Jonathan Nabors 1-10, Cristian Luevano-Cruz 1-4.
RECORDS – Ponder 1-1, City View 2-0