THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Marinette Ready to Be The Team Everyone Hates to Play
The Marinette Marines are gearing up for another year on the gridiron of the North Eastern Conference and will look to their seniors in the trenches to get the job done.
"This year we were able to fill some the holes in our offensive line with seniors," said Marinette Head Coach Andrew Walters. "We believe that it all starts up front and this off season we had some guys really step up."
Now every year coaches are faced with replacing seniors that graduated last year, which can sometimes be a daunting task, but this year the Marines have plenty of talent to go around.
"We have a lot of guys who can do a lot for us," said Walters. "Especially in the backfield. We also have a few younger athletes out here that are doing very well."
Last year Marinette was faced with the task of learning and becoming accustomed to a whole new level of competition. Facing football powerhouses such as Freedom, Lux-Casco and Little Chute but this year the guys in purple will be no strangers to this pack of football giants, and in fact may become a force to be reckoned with.
"The first time playing new teams can definitely be tough," said Walters. "But as we play these teams and progress, the hope is that we will learn from these experiences. It's a very tough conference, but we have learned what we need to do to match that toughness and become the team everybody hates to play."
Becoming tougher doesn't just come out of a vacuum, it requires hard work and dedication. Over the past off season the Marines have done their work and put in the hours to make sure they are the toughest kids on the block.
"Time spent in the off season is always important," said Walters. "More than just weight room work is required to develop as a team. I have seen many of our guys working hard this off season, building those trusting relationships that are so important on the football field."
Last Friday the Marines put their pads on for the first competition of the season, facing Oconto and Bonduel for the annual pre-season scrimmage.
"Like any scrimmage there was some good and some bad, but this one was mostly good," said Walters. "We like where we are at, at this point in the season, still have a long way to go but we saw some good execution with some of our base strategies."