McDonald Plays Mr. Everything For Pioneers In Week 2
On Friday night, Marlon McDonald III did everything for the Pioneers.
McDonald might have been one of the smallest players on the field, but that didn't stop him from making one of the biggest
impacts on Stillwater's 35-26 road win over the Mustang Broncos.
Whatever Stillwater needed McDonald to do, he did, and that included almost everything. McDonald was on the field for almost
the entire game; he played offense, defense, special teams and even punted for the Pioneers.
McDonald had a 27-yard run and converted a two-point conversion for Stillwater in the first half, as he split carries with Cameron
Mayberry at running back. McDonald also chipped in on defense as a cornerback. Two of his six tackles were back-to-back
tackles for a loss on a third down and on a fake field goal attempt on fourth down early in the second quarter.
After an injury scare kept him on the sidelines for two plays, McDonald came back into the game and blocked a punt that set up
a 22-yard Cameron Mayberry touchdown run midway through the second quarter.
With Stillwater up 21-0 to start the second half, McDonald was unexpectedly thrust into the role of starting quarterback after an
apparent left knee injury sidelined quarterback Braxton Noble for the rest of the game. Stillwater ran the wildcat offense with
McDonald at quarterback where it struggled throughout the third quarter, allowing Mustang to crawl its way back into the game
and pull to within a point at 21-20.
Stillwater's offense finally got going in the fourth quarter and it opened up the passing game. McDonald heaved the ball down the
sideline to Brandon Prather on the second play of the fourth quarter
"That was my first pass ever in a game," McDonald said. "I just stepped back and threw the ball and Brandon was there."
The pass was a little underthrown, but that didn't stop Prather from bailing out McDonald and making the 30-yard reception.
"I know that I need to learn how to the pass the ball better," McDonald said.
Although McDonald's passing wasn't on point, he was still able to help the Pioneers with a 12-yard rushing touchdown around the
left side to finish the drive.
"It was designed to go through the hole, but I had to cut it back," McDonald said. "When I hit the hole hard, the dude hit me hard
and I hit a spin move and into the end zone I went."
McDonald was everywhere on Friday night and was a big reason why the Pioneers were finally able to beat Mustang after getting
blown out by the Broncos the past two seasons. He will look to continue his stellar play next week against Edmond North.
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