Emporia native Marstall to end memorable Hornet career with bowl appearance

EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) - Most college football players can't say they've gotten to have their high school and collegiate success on the same field.

Emporia State quarterback Braxton Marstall has at Welch Stadium.

"Being a hometown kid at Emporia State has definitely meant a lot to me," Marstall said.

The Emporia native is the Hornets' all-time leader in passing yards and total offense. He's about to finish his collegiate career in the Corsicana Bowl as his team tries to send the MIAA Offensive Player of the Year off with one final victory.

The fact that he's accomplished all of this in his hometown is certainly not lost on the former Emporia High School standout.

"The things I've been able to do in high school and carry on to college, and to do it in Emporia," Marstall said before pausing. "Emporia is always going to be somewhere that's special to me."

Marstall is second in program history in passing touchdowns as well. He's accounted for 33 total scores while racking up 3,136 total yards this season, leading his conference in six different categories.

But head coach Garin Higgins said a bowl victory would mean more than all of the numbers.

"Deep down, I know he won't admit it, but I know it's important to him," Higgins said. "At the end of the day, us going and getting this win, this last game that he has that opportunity to go out with this group, is going to mean more to him than any statistics or any records that he's broken."

You can hear more on the Hornets' upcoming bowl game from senior Landon Nault in the video up in the right corner of the story. He describes how his team was able to bounce back from missing the postseason last year.