Georgia High School Football Spring Preview AJC 30 In 30 Series: Marist War Eagles

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Marist returns QB Andy Perez (AJC)

Marist returns QB Andy Perez (AJC)

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.

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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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YOUR TURN: What are your predictions for Marist this year? State your case below.

12 comments Add your comment

South Georgia Alchemist

May 9th, 2010
5:58 pm

Marist will be solid as always and a problem for any team they play.

Fish Bowl

May 9th, 2010
8:44 pm

will stay at Pius for another year. It’s a shame a full region schedule has to be used as a smokescreen for fear!

Private Region

May 9th, 2010
9:34 pm

Give all of these recruiting schools their own class. If public schools could take kids from all over the private schools would not be able to dominant their regions. Like GISA make a class for the Private Schools. Until public schools can do the same as they do give them their own class. GPSA –GEORGIA PRIVATE SCHOOL ASSOCIATION sounds good to me.

John Anderson

May 9th, 2010
9:35 pm

I AGREE!!!!!!

Private Fishbowl

May 10th, 2010
12:18 pm

Recruiting…really? It would be better to look at the feeder system of these schools as to the foundational success of the program. Start trainging the same group of young men in their 7th to 12th grade. In the case of Marist…the team is generally smaller and slower than their competitors. Harking back to the coaching of Lomabardi…do the small things right…do them often.

As for the fear comment…The FishBowl was rightfully earned by Pius. There will be a time when the tide changes. I agree that this is a game that should always be on the calendar. I don’t believe fear is in play here…especially with the players. This could be a case of prioritizing rather than tradition.


May 10th, 2010
7:19 pm

St. Pius is the one who left AAAA and went to AAA by choice – sounds like fear to me.


May 11th, 2010
11:02 pm

yeah but Marist is the team that removed the game from their schedule.. c’mon got tired of losing that quick??


May 13th, 2010
11:25 pm

Yes they recruit..they came in and got one of our upcoming 9th graders last year and then turned around this year and took one of our rising 9th graders this year. It’s not right or fair for them to do that and they offer full scholarships and was told by the mom of the kid this year they offered transportation to the school (which is over 30 miles away and is not legal).

Book 'em Danno

May 14th, 2010
1:12 pm

Marist is the only private school in Georgia that plays at the 4A or 5A level. And they do this even though they should be classified as a 2A school. You have to respect that decision. No other school steps up to compete at 2 levels above their true classification. If 3A Pius is so good and wants to step up only one level to 4A, then the Fish Bowl could be on again. As for “recruiting,” many so-called public schools have policies that allow students to pay a fee to attend. Look at Buford, and how many out of area students re-locate or pay money to attend. They are not the only ones — there are many more. Granted, Buford is good, but would they have the same record in 4A or 5A as they do in 2A? Would they win as many championships? If some sudents go out of their area to attend Marist, that does not mean they were offered a scholarship (there are no football scholarships anyway) or otherwise recruited by the school. There are restrictions on recruiting and Marist has a clean record in this regard. Marist is not going to risk a recruiting violation by breaking any rules.


May 15th, 2010
1:05 pm

If some of yall would actually see the players for Marist then yall would reconsider the idea of recruiting. First of all Marist is so hard to get into that any player cant just be accepted. Marist never give full scholarships only financial aid and the player’s family income must be a certain way for financial aid. Marist is always slower than its opponets in 4A but good coaching is how they prevail. Sure they might suggest that a player comes to the school but real recruiting is found in all over the state where families lie about their address to go to a football powerhouse. Trust if Marist recruited in the way that some people think then they would be in the Dome every year.


May 22nd, 2010
2:40 pm

Marist is a 2-A size school that has played up against schools many times their size for many years. Rarely do they have players that are highly recruited by D-1 colleges, yet will have kids that earn scholarships based upon academic merit rather than athletic brawn. If Marist was recruiting, wouldn’t they be “recruiting” the top players that all the colleges want? Yet they continually have excellent football teams (playoff calliber for past 20 years) playing against much larger schools. They play well because the kids are willing to put in the extra effort (despite difficult academic course schedules), have excellent coaches that care about the kids, and because they play like a team (rather than trying to be individual stars). As for the Fish Bowl, Marist is in a Region (6-AAAA) where all of the games are region contests and there are no open spots to play Pius. If Pius wanted to play in AAAA, they could have continued the tradition.

golden lions

May 25th, 2010
3:30 pm

Marist clearly doesnt recruit that hard because their two midget running backs got shutdown be pius again this year. P.S. thanks for installing that turf for us we really enjoying stomping yall on it for the first game ever on it.