Marion Turning to Veteran Leadership in 2019
MARION – With 11 starters combined returning, Marion believes it has the right tools to compete for a West Michigan D League championship and playoff win in 2019.
The Eagles ended their 2018 regular season with four straight wins to go 6-3 and secure a postseason bid for a second straight year.
Marion is entering its fifth year of 8-player football and has finished .500 or better each of the previous four seasons, including going 7-3 and winning a league championship in 2017.
What has proven elusive for the Eagles is a playoff win. Marion has made five postseason appearances since 2006 but hasn’t won a playoff game since a 21-15 victory over Fulton in a 1996 Class DD pre-regional, something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by this year’s senior class.
“I really want to win a playoff game,” Marion senior Brandon Stewart said. “I mean, the past couple of years, we’ve lost first round. And it sucks, but this year, I feel like we can make a change and actually win our first playoff game and hopefully go farther than that.”
“It would be huge for not only the football program, but the community as well to be able to end the playoff drought and win a game, maybe more,” added Marion senior Alex Sutten.
Marion opens its season at home against defending 8-player Division 2 state runner-up Onekama on Thursday, Aug. 29. Onekama won both meetings last including a 22-6 victory in a pre-regional.