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.