Marist fell short in 2017, has to replace weapons and talent

TUCKER – Marist has a history of winning and 2017 was no different for the War Eagles who compiled a 14-1 record.

However, the long road towards a Class AAAA championship ended short in the final game of the season at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium when Blessed Trinity knocked the first and only loss of the season onto the board with a 16-7 victory.

2018 is a new year for Marist to continue their winning tradition but new faces will have to step up immediately to fill the roles of those who’ve departed. Quarterback Chase Abshier (1, 703 all-purpose, 21TDs) graduated leaving a dual-threat option off the board.

The four rushers behind him in stats (Ellis Pearson, Charlie Addicks, Chris Zowine and Dean Johnson) also graduated leaving the backfield mostly empty. In the receiving game, Marist is down top target John Fitzpatrick as well.

Defensively, it’s almost the same for the War Eagles, Paul Stanley (59 tkls), Joseph McDermond (34 tkls) and Johnson (31 tkls, 4.0 tkfl, 8INT) who were important pieces have also graduated.

Bringing the same amount of success may be a tall task in 2018 for Marist. Head coach Alan Chadwick says that the team will face a tremendous challenge in replacing the offensive backfield and the linebacker corps.

Written by Darius

Darius Goodman is an alumni of Martin Luther King Jr. High School in DeKalb County and a former piccolo/flute player for the MLK Marching Lions. Upon high school graduation in 2011, Goodman attended South Carolina State University on a band scholarship up until 2015 when he completed his Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communication with a concetration in Journalism. Once finished with his degree, Goodman then joined Beyond the Flag a FanSided site. From there, Goodman started his career with the Henry Herald/Clayton News Daily in 2016. Within a few years, he attained a few awards: including company wide social media awards and a Georgia Press Association Sports Coverage award. Now, while balancing Henry County, Goodman is reaching out to DeKalb County.

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