Frank Shaw Field was electric on Oct. 8 as the Maclay Marauders beat the Wewahitchka Gators, making it a great night for the Marauder football team. Senior Jeb Beshears scored three touchdowns for the Maclay Marauders and a new Marauder kicker, junior Michael Smith, made his debut on the field. The Marauders won the game 31 to 30.

“Our team fought well,” Beshears said. “There were a lot of ups and downs, so we decided to just keep our heads up and fight through.”

Senior Tucker Hicks began the football game with a great kick. Within the first few minutes of the game, Beshears scored a touchdown for the Maclay Marauders. Maclay’s starting quarterback number 12 junior Michael Grant completed multiple crucial passes to his fellow teammates that resulted in scores throughout the night. Still in the first quarter,  junior Grayson Obersrte caught a pass from Grant and scored another Marauder touchdown. Hicks later kicked a field goal, keeping the Marauders in the lead with a new score of 17 to 6. Maclay’s other kicker, Smith, kicked off the ball in the second quarter, with Maclay successfully stopping the Gators from running down the field.  

“Our o-line blocked great tonight, and we threw the ball well,” Grant said. “That’s how we won the game. I think I performed all right. We won and I am happy with that.”

In the last two quarters, the score got closer as the Marauders were challenged by the Gators. Maclay continued to have some great plays throughout the night, however. Beshears helped keep the team ahead by scoring two more touchdowns. The score concluded 24 to 22 at the end of the third quarter with Maclay barely hanging onto the lead. The fourth quarter was filled with more tackles, turnovers and passes, but the crowd kept the energy up and helped Maclay. The Marauders led the night and finished the game with a score of Maclay 31 Wewahitchka 30. 

“As I told the team after the game, winning is hard,” coach Lance Ramer said. “Most importantly, we beat a quality team with a lot of really good players. Victory loves preparation, and we are starting to understand the importance of playing every play like it’s our last. Great moments are a result of great opportunities and we take great pride in applying the pressure rather than feeling it. We have a great group of young men who don’t point fingers, but rather understand the importance of a brotherhood.”

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