Flower Mound Marcus unbeaten in wild 8-5A

At this rate, Flower Mound Marcus fans might want to get their blood pressure checked.

The Marauders (6-0, 3-0) have opened District 8-5A play with three extremely close contests, including back-to-back overtime wins over Flower Mound (2-4, 1-2) and Plano West (4-2, 2-1).

Marcus outscored Flower Mound 11-0 in the fourth quarter to force overtime and won 38-37 after the Marauders blocked a Flower Mound extra point.

It wasn’t that easy against Plano West. Marcus needed a field goal in the waning seconds of regulation to force overtime and then didn’t prevail until the fourth overtime when Drew Hamrick nailed a 34-yard field goal.

But it’s not just Marcus that’s playing in close games in 8-5A. It’s all of them. The week before its quadruple-overtime loss to Marcus, Plano West beat Plano East (2-4, 0-3) in quadruple overtime.

Excluding Allen’s blowout wins over Lewisville (45-13) and Plano (44-7) and Hebron’s win over Lewisville (36-0), the average margin of victory in 8-5A play has been 7.0 points.

Not only have the games been close, but many of the supposed bottom-feeders have been surprisingly competitive. Plano West didn’t win a game in 8-5A play last year but has been more than competitive.

Even last place Plano East put a scare into first place Allen (6-0, 3-0) on national television.

Parity is alive and well in District 8-5A.