1988 Mav Football Team Recognition

MISD To Honor 1988 Mav Football Champs On Oct. 19
Posted on 10/09/2018
This is the image for the news article titled MISD To Honor 1988 Mav Football Champs On Oct. 19Marshall ISD will host an official 30th anniversary recognition/reunion ceremony for the 1988 Marshall Mavericks football team at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, just prior to pregame activities in Maverick Stadium.

Members of the 1988 Mavs will be treated to a special pregame tailgate for team members and their families Friday afternoon before the pregame recognition, which will begin at 6:15. A highlight video of the season will be shown on the Maverick Stadium video board, followed by a presentation of each player and coach from the 1988 Mavs to fans in attendance. Marshall ISD also will be presenting each member of the team a special gift in recognition of that memorable season.

The 1988 Mavs were 12-0 heading into the state quarterfinals before suffering a 22-18 loss to Dallas Carter in the closing seconds at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco. The Mavs became the first Marshall team to win a district championship in 21 years, and also snapped a 19-game losing streak to rival Longview. In winning its first 12 games of the year, the Mavs also knocked off state powerhouse Odessa Permian in a thrilling 13-12 victory in Maverick Stadium. At the time, the 1988 Mavs were the first Marshall team to advance four rounds deep into the state playoffs.

Carter went on to win the 1988 Class 5A state championship that season but was eventually stripped of its title by the UIL due to the use of an ineligible player. That saga was played out on a state and national scale throughout the playoffs in 1988 and has been the subject of several movies and documentaries over the years. The Mavs also were a part of the “Friday Night Lights” chronicle of the 1988 Odessa Permian season, by H.G. Bissinger, which has been adapted into both a movie and as inspiration for a TV series.

Also as part of the evening, the ’88 Mavs will lead the 2018 Mavs out of the tunnel to begin the game. MISD has set aside a section of seats for the 1988 team to enjoy the game with their families.

Along with most of the players from that 1988 team, head coach Dennis Parker and his wife, Merry, will be in attendance, along with several other members of the coaching staff. The family of Jamie Sexson, a little boy battling leukemia who was adopted by the Mavs in 1988 and became an inspiration to the entire community and beyond, is also expected to attend. Jamie passed away on Dec. 23, 1988, just a few weeks after the Mavs’ season ended.

The public is invited to attend the official recognition ceremony beginning at 6:15 in Maverick Stadium. A game ticket for the Mavs vs. Jacksonville game that night will also get you into the ceremony, so fans are encouraged to come early and enjoy a big celebration of Maverick football history.