Mata: "Let Our Play do the Talking"

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes, while getting a quick look at what's the latest on the college recruiting front. Today, we feature Clear Creek athlete Marcus Mata. This is a TPI Premium article.

Coming into the 2009 season, many predictions did not factor Clear Creek making the playoffs this year. Now with a 4-2 (3-0 in District 24-5A play) record, the Wildcats sit in first place with four more weeks remaining on the schedule.

There are a handful of reasons as to why the 2009 Wildcat team is doing so well, but there is no question that good team play led by some key players could have at least something to do with it. One of those players who shows up weekly is athlete Marcus Mata.

Mata, who plays running back and is active in Clear Creek's passing game as well, is not caught off guard by the team's recent success.

"None of us are surprised that we are doing this well. In the off season there was a lot of hard work going on and it is paying off right now," Mata said. "Undefeated is where we want to be. That, and getting ready for the playoffs is what we are focused on. We keep our mouths shut and let our play do that talking."

For the team, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Mata lines up plenty of positions. Out of the backfield is his primary position, where he has racked up nearly 500 yards and three touchdowns. In the recent 44-41 win over Dickinson, Mata had 60 yards and a score.

Aside from this, he also has nine receptions on the year for 38 yards. But being involved in different aspects of the team is no sweat for a guy like Mata.

"My role is to be a team player and do whatever I am needed to do," Mata said of his multiple duties. "If I need to run or distribute the ball, that is what I have to do. God just blessed me."

His blessings could possibly land him a spot on a college roster in the near future as a slot wide receiver, the position that most want him to play. Mata has yet to haul in offer No. 1, but he has been in contact with several schools.

"I have talked to the coaches at Texas State, Sam Houston and Rice," Mata said. "I have visited all of these schools as well."

Mata said that if a favorite had to be named, Texas State would get the nod.

"Overall, I think they have the best the facilities, the best area and I like the coaches a lot too," Mata said. 

For Now, Mata will continue doing his things for the Wildcats. With team success, the recruiting will come around. That's Mata's take.

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