As a junior at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas last year, Mitch Cason was the Marauders’ starting quarterback in the first game of the season. It did not take long for adversity to come calling.
“Things didn’t go well and I got pulled at halftime,” Cason recalled. “They put another guy (Andrew Parish) in there and he played well and wound up starting the rest of the season. I was the backup.”
Not surprisingly, Cason did not initially handle the switch all that well. He is a competitor, and competitors always like being on the field.
But Cason knows he plays a team sport, and he acted accordingly. “It was difficult for me because I worked really hard to get that position,” Cason said. “It just kind of got pulled out from under me pretty suddenly. But I had a team-first attitude and I fulfilled my role as the backup and tried to do everything I could to be ready on a play’s notice.”
When his junior year ended, Cason immediately focused on his senior season at Marcus.
“After my junior season, the coach brought us in and told us there was an open competition,” Cason said. “I was really motivated to take the job this year and not leave it up for grabs. I came in and had a really good winter and spring and we kind of knew it was my job to win. (Parish) moved to wide receiver and it all worked out really well.”
With Cason connecting on 82 of 125 passes (65.6 percent) for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns, the Marauders have roared out to a 4-1 start. Their lone loss came against powerhouse Allen High School last week, a 38-28 decision.
“They’re the No. 4 team in the nation and we played them pretty well,” said the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Cason. “We just couldn’t pull it out at the end. We were really happy with the way we played. We knew the effort was there. A call here and there and a couple of lucky plays, just some things didn’t go our way and that really meant the difference in the game. Overall, from the coaches and players standpoint, we were really happy with how we played. After a game like that, we know we can hang with the best teams in the state and even in the nation. It was a loss and we’re all really disappointed about it, but we took a lot of good things away from it and we really think we got better.”
Cason said training with NFA for the past six years have helped him become a better quarterback.
“NFA really developed me as a passer,” Cason said. “With my throwing motion, it’s really something where I can analyze myself. I know what I’m doing well. And if I miss a throw, I know what went wrong. They taught me the basic principles of throwing the ball with the correct motion in the most efficient way.”
All of the hard work has paid off big in Cason’s senior season at Marcus. “We’ve been really happy with how it’s gone so far,” he said. “A lot of people weren’t really expecting a whole lot from us before the season, but we knew we had some weapons on offense. We’re pretty balanced with throwing the ball and running the ball. I think I’ve played smart. I’ve made some good throws and am really happy with the way I’ve played.”
While he had to wait until his senior season to become the full-time varsity starter, Cason is looking forward to continuing his playing career as a college QB.
“I have absolutely no doubt that I can succeed anywhere I go,” he said. “It’s definitely a goal of mine, playing football at the next level. My name has only been on the radar for five games, but I think I’ve put some good film together and we’re going to do what we can to get the film out there and see if we can get some interest.”