TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - As far as football programs go, the Maclay Marauders are still in their infancy. Maclay enters just their ninth season of competition this year, and head coach Kyler Hall said he believes it was year number eight that was the difference maker.
This Marauder group is slim, and young, as Coach Hall said he does expect to play some eighth graders this year. Maclay lost their first six games last season, but game back to win their last four, including two District contests that sealed up a berth in the playoffs.
The Marauders fell to eventual State Champion Trinity Christian in the opening round, but Hall said that loss to a very good team forced his guys to grow up.
"That first six was tough, but it taught these guys a lot," he admitted. "It developed a lot of things inside that winning a lot of times doesn't do. We don't want to start 0-6 by any means, but I believe going through that last year will prepare us for this year. We're a small team but at the same time, it's a brotherhood. Those guys really look out for one another, on and off the field, they want to see each other be successful."
Maclay is in a new Classification and a new District this year, as they switch to 2A-1 with North Florida Christian and FAMU DRS.
Maclay travels to Deerfield-Windsor for preseason action, and opens up the regular season at Brookwood on August 28th.