Huntsville ready to meet Marshall Saturday night in Frisco

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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -- The Huntsville Hornets are in the third round for the first time since 1990, but they still have a day to wait before they hit the field.

Huntsville meets Marshall Saturday night in Frisco.

The Hornets are 11-1 this season and knocked off state power Manvel 34-10 last week in Houston.

Quarterback Matthew Southern is happy his team is still playing, but knows they are good enough to keep things rolling. "It's something we're very proud of. It's not just exciting, we know that we worked for this so it's something we're obviously excited for but we're proud of. We're very confident with our team that we can go really far in the playoffs so it's fun."

Linebacker Jordan Brown added, "It feels really good. The whole city is proud of us. Then we come out to play and we're making history on defense and the offense coming out doing a whole bunch of passing yards. You've got Matthew throwing it long to Jalen and the whole offensive line is holding up so it makes it easy on us."

Marshall checks in with a 10-2 record and victory over Nederland in the area round.

Huntsville looks to keep a great season going tomorrow night with a win over a Maverick team led by quarterback JJ Green, who has thrown for 2,167 yards and 31 touchdowns and ran for 719 and 7 more scores.

Head coach Rodney Southern said, "For us, we've played well defensively all year and we've gotten better as we've gotten later in the year so hopefully we can keep him from running. I think if you keep him from running the games they've struggled in, if you keep him from running, then he's not as effective."

Southern coached at Marshall from 2002 to 2007, leading the Mavericks to state title game appearances in 2004 and 2005.

Current Marshall head coach Claude Mathis had his first head coaching job at Somerville.