Wildcats’ starting quarterback set to return Friday vs. Klein Forest

After missing the last three games, senior Colton Marwill will return to the field tonight


Christopher Kibler

Marwill seen wearing a shoulder brace prior to Tomball Memorial’s rivalry game against Tomball at Kyle Field

Adeen Rao, Staff Writer

Senior quarterback Colton Marwill is set to return for the Wildcats’ home district bout Friday Night vs. Klein Forest after dislocating his shoulder visiting Deer Park six weeks ago.

Marwill, in his third and final season calling the shots for the Wildcats, was absent for three games due to his injury. In that timespan, varsity football went 3-0 to remain undefeated on the season. Senior wideout Joseph Manjack took on signal-calling duties with Marwill’s departure, throwing 18/33 for 349 yards and three touchdowns in his time as quarterback.

The team’s passing offense declined by 153.4 yards per game after the loss of Marwill, prompting a stricter reliance on the running game. Marwill’s return comes directly after the Wildcat’s least productive offensive performance of the season vs. Klein, where they picked up 29 points. The game was also the team’s least productive in the rushing department, which could be attributed to Marwill’s absence.

“It’s easy to stop the run when you have eight men in the box,” Marwill said. “They weren’t worried about the pass at all.”

Marwill was seen in pads during warm-ups prior to Tomball Memorial’s matchup against Klein as part of Marwill’s rehabilitation routine. Marwill underwent six weeks of rehab to gain full range of motion, which is required to be cleared to play on the field, especially at the position Marwill plays which puts large amounts of pressure on the shoulders.

“The rehab process was definitely frustrating,” Marwill said. “Some days I felt discouraged and unsure about the future but it was encouraging to gain mobility and strength in my shoulder every day.”

The quarterback will return to face a Klein Forest team which has allowed 79.6 passing yards per game in their last five appearances on the gridiron. Klein Forest is 1-5 and has a 4% chance of victory vs. the Wildcats according to the Win-O-Meter.

“I’m fired up to be back on the field with my guys,” Marwill said. “I’ve got a chip on my shoulder, and I’m ready to make up for all the games I’ve missed.”

There likely won’t be extra precautions taken during the game due to Marwill’s shoulder.

“Full tilt,” Marwill said. “As a QB of course I’m going to protect myself but no more than any other game.”

Varsity football is 6-0 coming off a bye week, and they look to move to 7-0 upon Marwill’s return vs. Klein Forest under the Friday Night Lights.