The Marble Falls Mustangs are hoping that blueprint new coach Todd Dodge used to win titles at Southlake Carroll will bring them success as well.
Dodge guided Southlake Carroll to four titles in five years while posting a 122-46 record. This year is his first since returning to the high school ranks after leaving Southlake Carroll for the University of North Texas.
"I was thrown into a leadership role at an early age you know when I was about 15 years old in Port Arthur and Ronnie Thompson, who is the guy the reason I am in coaching, he threw me to the wolves as a young sophomore quarterback and I have had to lead ever since then," Dodge said.
Dodge has brought his famed spread offense to the Hill Country. While implementing the system he recruited Garret Gray off the basketball team and moved tight end Ray Baltazar to left tackle in order to protect quarterback Mike Richardson.
"Tight end was kind of like my baby, it was a tough switch, but you got to do it if I want to play at the next level," Baltazar said.
"He is one of the best coaches in Texas that's the bottom line he knows what he's talking about so you are going to listen to him," Richardson said.
Dodge also had family reasons for coming to Marble Falls. His later father-in-law the former Westlake coach Ebbie Neptune dies this summer. Dodge said he is coaching in his memory.
"He was like a second father to me and helped mold me in that way but there's not doubt there will be some extra incentive," Dodge said. "I feel like he's with me you got to get on them but you got to love them and never leave the field house feeling bad about themselves those are the things that Ebbie always brought to me."