Marion Sets Sights on Postseason
MARION – After dropping its varsity program two games into the 2014 season, Marion found itself competing for its first postseason berth in eight seasons a year ago.
Competing at the 8-man level for the first time in 2015, the Eagles came up one win shy of reaching the playoffs, falling to Kingston in their season finale, closing out their campaign at 4-4.
That loss has provided extra motivation for a team already hungry to return to competitive form.
“When that game was over, you know, the boys were emotional,” coach Chad Jenema said. “I could tell that they were invested at that point and I’ve seen it in the offseason workouts. They’re really here, and you know, their goal is to win that conference and by doing so, make the playoffs.”
After competing as an independent in 2015, Marion finds itself in the newly-formed Midwest Central Michigan 8-Player Football League this season, joining Brethren, Traverse City Christian, Forest Area, Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian, Big Rapids Crossroads and Manistee Catholic Central.
"Playing how we’ve been playing and we’re putting all of our hard work into practice,” senior Brandon Neuman said. “Last year, we put all of our hard work and that really showed up and I think that this year is going to be a lot better."
Marion opens its season at home with Peck on Aug. 26.