On Saturday May 20, the Maclay football team took the field to show off their talent for the upcoming 2023 season in the fall. The Marauders would be split up evenly into two teams: Blue and White. The white team would walk away from Frank Shaw Field victorious with a score of 21-7.
The game kicked off at 10:30 a.m with a simulated kickoff, giving the white team the ball on their own 25-yard line. The white squad led by upcoming junior quarterback, George Grant, made a series of first downs and made it to the opposing teams 18-yard line. After the blue team defense made multiple stops they were able to force a field goal attempt from the white squad, which found its way wide right of the post.
“We are looking good for the season,” Grant said. “I think once we get through the summer we will be ready for the fall.”
Both teams remained scoreless for the first quarter and for most of the second. But after multiple big plays made by the white offense allowed them to get in the endzone with a four yard rushing touchdown made by rising senior Cole Lewis.
“I feel very confident for the upcoming season,” junior Nathan Lillie said. “The team played great as two teams and I can’t imagine how well we will play when we play as one team.”
The white squad was able to get on the board twice more in the second half. Once led by rising freshman quarterback Beau Beashers and another one led by Grant.
“After the spring game I am now confident in our ability to stop the inside run and gain yards on offense,” junior Brinkley Snow said.
But although the spring showcased the good sides of the Marauder football team it also showcased what needs to be worked on inorder to have a successful season in the fall.
“The team lost a lot of players this past year and so we are out a lot of positions,” Lillie said. “We have the players to do it. Now only time will tell.”
The Marauder football team will be losing nine seniors this year and will need to fill those positions quickly.
“One thing that concerns me is our lack of defense on the outside edge,” Snow said. “But we will get better eventually.”
After the spring game the Marauder varsity football team will have their eyes set on the upcoming season and the first game. They will face off against Cambridge Christian on Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. for the first regular season game at Frank Shaw Field.