City View earns program’s biggest win ever, defeating Holliday 20-14
The City View Mustangs were under the spotlight Friday. They answered the call with the biggest win in program history.
With Memorial Stadium dark, a large contingent of area football fans joined the City View and Holliday faithful at Veterans Field to witness the Mustangs hang on for a historic 20-14 victory in District 5-3A Division II action.
The win leaves City View (5-1, 2-0) tied atop the district standings with Henrietta and Gunter heading into an open week. Holliday falls to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in district. It also means the Eagles will fall from their No. 6 ranking in the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Class 3A Division II poll.
“I think this is the biggest win in the program’s history,” City View coach Rudy Hawkins said. “It’s always a big deal to beat Holliday. They’re a great team. They’ve been ranked for a reason. I’m so proud of these players for fighting and pulling this one out.”
City View led 20-0 at halftime, using big plays on offense and taking advantage of two Holliday turnovers. The Mustangs led despite being outgained 203-147 in the first half.
The Eagles’ two turnovers and 65 penalty yards hindered them, but City View’s defense set a standard of coming up with the big play at the right time that carried on throughout the game.
“I get really down on myself when we don’t score,” City View junior quarterback Isaiah Marks said. “But when the defense goes out there and gets the stop, that lifts me right back up.”
Holliday quarterback Kase Patterson scrambled and found Crosby Jurecek, who had one man to beat to score a touchdown before the half. That man was City View senior safety Jayln Marks, who made a touchdown-saving open-field tackle at the 2.
Out of timeouts, Holliday rushed to the line to run another play, snapping the ball a second before halftime. Patterson was tackled for no gain and City View maintained it’s 20-0 lead. It was a game-changing sequence in the eyes of both coaches.
Holliday had the momentum in its grasp multiple times in the second half, starting with a 59-yard interception return touchdown by Tristin Boyd, cutting the City View lead to 20-7 with 6:05 left in the third.
Boyd had an interception on City View’s next drive, too. It led to a Kase Patterson 5-yard TD run, making it a one-score game with 11:19 left in the fourth quarter.
But the Eagles never came close to scoring again.
Holliday had three possessions in the final 4:49 of the game. The first two ended in interceptions – first by Trey Brown and then Darian Harbuck.
The last saw the Eagles start inside their own 1-yard line with 35 seconds remaining and no timeouts. And as a wing-T team, it wasn’t a situation Holliday is well-equipped for.
Brown finished with two interceptions and a 63-yard TD reception. Jayln Marks had a TD reception and an interception. Isaiah Marks finished 8 of 19 with 177 yards, two passing TDs and two interceptions. He also rushed for 98 yards and a TD on 28 carries. Marks had 32 carries for the season entering Friday.
“I was trying to do whatever I had to just to get one more yard,” Marks said. “It was all about doing everything we had to do to win.”
From the outside looking in, it feels like this win is even more significant given what Hawkins has been through the past two weeks. The Mustangs’ head coach was hospitalized Sept. 20 with critically high blood pressure, forcing him to miss the team’s matchup with Jacksboro. City View suffered their lone loss of the season that night.
Last week, Hawkins coached from the press box. Friday marked the first time he had been back on the sidelines for a game since being taken to the hospital.
He downplayed the significance of the win from a personal standpoint.
But it’s a different story for Hawkins’ players.
“We missed him in Jacksboro. We were thinking about him the whole time and we wanted to win for him, but we didn’t do that,” Marks said. “We know how big it is to beat Holliday. We wanted this for him.
“His blood pressure is probably a little high right now, but I know he’s happy, too.”
City View 20, Holliday 14
Holliday – 0 0 7 7 – 14
City View – 7 13 0 0 – 20
CV – Trey Brown 63 pass from Isaiah Marks (Christian Luevano-Cruz kick), 6:06
CV – Isaiah Marks 2 run (kick failed), 8:00
CV – Jayln Marks 61 pass from Isaiah Marks (Luevano-Cruz kick), 4:11
H – Tristin Boyd 50 interception return (Logan Whitling kick), 6:05
H – Kase Patterson 5 run (Whitling kick), 11:19
First downs: (H) 13; (CV) 16
Rushing: (H) 43-189; (CV) 33-102
Passing: (H) 6-13-3 – 97; (CV) 8-19-2 – 177
Punting: (H) 0-0; (CV) 3-46.7
Fumbles: (H) 1-1; (CV) 1-0
Penalties: (H) 12-115; (CV) 9-60
RUSHING – (Holliday) Tristin BoyD 14-75, Ethan Twilligear 9-47, Austin Jones 9-47, Gavin Price 2-12, Seth Atchley 3-8, Kase Patterson 6-0. (City View) Isaiah Marks 28-98, Jourdain Durham 1-3, Javen Jones 1-2, Jayln Marks 1-2, Chris Graham 1-0, Bobby Brown 1-(-3).
PASSING – (Holliday) Patterson 6-12-2 – 97, Twilligear 0-1-1 – 0. (City View) Isaiah Marks 8-19-2 – 177.
RECEIVING – (Holliday) Mark Hardin 1-42, Twilligear 2-28, Crosby Jurecek 1-14, Atchley 1-10, Boyd 1-3. (City View) Jayln Marks 2-69, Brown 1-63, Graham 1-34, Darion Harbuck 1-10, Robert Brooks 1-1, Wesson Ham 1-(-3).
RECORDS – Holliday 3-2, 1-1, City View 5-1, 2-0.
Jonathan Hull is a six-time Associated Press award-winning sports reporter, focusing primarily on WFISD football, high school basketball and the Dallas Cowboys. Follow him on Twitter: @Hull_TRN.