On Aug. 19, a Friday night, the Maclay Varsity football team battled out their first game of the preseason against the Wewahitchka Gators. The Marauders played in the Gators territory and won their first away game with new head coach Jason Caulley on the sideline. Although it was only a preseason game, the Marauders are heading into their season with a good start due to all the summer training. To show their work over the summer, the Marauders beat the Gators 21-6.

“It was great,” senior Caleb Heuchan said. “Our team really showed out and we really dominated all facets of the game.”

As the preseason game  came into swing, the Marauders were able to get out on the field and score a touchdown  in the first half. Coming back after halftime the team was back on the field putting more points up on the scoreboard leading them to finish the night off with a victory. Not only is the preseason win over the Gators a good start for the Marauders, they now have a whole new play style led by Caulley.  

Cauley has been a part of the football community for more than 15 years now. Coming from Colorado and having to get used to the heat, he was able to win his first  game of the year against the Gators. Over the summer, the team had to be at Maclay from Monday through Thursday, from 7:00 a.m. to around 10:00 a.m. in the morning. On Mondays,  the boys started out with speed and agility exercises on the field with coach Kenyon Boatfield. Tuesday through Thursday consisted of focusing on football out on the field and learning different game strategies. 

“I think the new coach did pretty good,” senior Grayson Oberste said. “He called some good plays that led to touchdowns and we were wide open so it was a good call.”

Cauley has been a part of the football community for more than 15 years now. Coming from Colorado and having to get used to the heat, he was able to win his first  game of the year against the Gators. Over the summer, the team had to be at Maclay  Monday through Thursday, from 7:00 a.m. to around 10:00 a.m. in the morning. On Mondays,  the boys started out with speed and agility exercises on the field with coach Kenyon Boatfield. Tuesday through Thursday consisted of focusing on football out on the field and learning different game strategies. 

“It really wasn’t a thing of keeping the team motivated,” Cauley said. “They saw success and they wanted to bleed on that idea of success where they wanted more of it. They saw the blood and wanted more and they just went after it. They were so aggressive on defense. I think we had three takeaways and it was really good to see against a team that is traditionally a run power house that’s going to put it down your throat.”

Although the Marauders took home a win for the night, they are planning to prepare for more of the intense moments of the season and correct their mistakes from the past game. Cauley is on the right track to having a successful season.