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You just never know about Marist.
When its supporters start bragging about the team well in advance of the season, Marist usually struggles to meet expectations. However, when the War Eagles aren’t projected to make a deep run into the playoffs, then they will likely surprise you with a championship-contending season.
There’s not much talk out there about Marist right now. Then again, we are three months away from the kickoff of the football season. Still, it makes me think that legendary coach Alan Chadwick has some surprises up his sleeve for this season. Chadwick, by the way, always loves to be underestimated.
Marist has a lot of motivation for the season. Last year, the War Eagles appeared to be a title contender (especially after its dominating 32-7 win over Tucker), but they faltered in the playoffs, suffering a 36-35 upset to Apalachee in the second round. Marist finished with a 9-3 record, only the third time it had won less than 10 games in a season within the last 15 years.
What about this spring? The offense will be built around QB Andy Perez, who is likely to miss spring football due to the baseball playoffs. The team’s other top returners are WR Jordan Snellings (6-foot, 165 lbs.), LB Keller Carlock (6-1, 200), OL Justin Olderman (6-3, 225), and Nick Brigham (6-3, 230).
Team: Marist War Eagles
Spring Game: May 28
Spring practice dates: May 17-28
Last year’s record: 9-3
Starters lost: 9
Head coach: Alan Chadwick
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