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Marauders Went Down Fighting

Maclay Loses First Game of the Season 12-13 Against Chipley

Photo by Brooke Nohle/Maclay Andalusian

Under the bright lights of Chipley High, Maclay varsity football battles for a win to kick off their season. The team went into the game with high hopes and competitive drive, which ultimately is what led them to the one point short loss. Although Maclay lost, the team sees a promising future.

Maclay varsity football headed into the first game of the season with high expectations and competitive mindsets to take their revenge on the Chipley Tigers, who they had lost to the previous season. However, history repeated itself, but the Maclay Marauders had a hard fought game which they will take with them for the rest of their season.

“It was our first game so we just wanted to go out there and see what we could do and set the tone for the rest of the season,” junior quarterback George Grant said.

Grant led the team with a steady and impressive performance, throwing two touchdowns and having no interceptions the entire night. When the points started to slip away from Maclay,  Grant remained calm, knowing that the team had his back and supported him.

“Overall I think we played really good and honestly exceeded our own expectations of how it would go,” Grant said.

The Marauders had an outstanding performance from all of their players, which can be attributed to their dedication, teamwork, and relentless pursuit of excellence. Each player showcased their skills and contributed to the team's success, leaving a lasting impression on the spectators and opponents alike. The Marauders' outstanding performance was a testament to their hard work and preparation.

“I feel that we performed very well.” senior running back Cole Lewis said. “Our energy and how we were able to drive the ball was good.”

Second year Head Coach Jason Cauley is proud of how the team performed and believes that the team motivates each other, rather than exclusively the coaching staff. The coaches  hold the players accountable throughout the week so that their discipline and determination transfers over onto the field. Cauley was proud of how the team showcased their skills and is setting the tone for an exciting and promising season ahead.

“I thought we moved the ball offensively really well against a great team,” Cauley said. “The first drive defensively was a shell shock, but we responded with three turnovers after that. Defensively we have to change some things week to week according to who we face and what schemes and formations they run.”

Despite Maclay's best efforts, Chipley emerged victorious with a 13-12 win over Maclay. The loss, however, has only fueled Maclay's determination for the rest of the season.


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