Marcus Marauders 2009 Football Preview

marcushelmetsmallleftMarcus Marauders – 148-107-4 overall / 18-11 in playoff games

2008 Record: 5-6 (3-2 in 6-5A) Class 5A Division I Bi-District Finalists

  • Bi-District Round: Lost to Trinity 24-10

Head Coach: Bryan Erwin (135-44 record overall as a head coach / 14-9 in Third season at Marcus)

Interview with Marcus Head Football Coach Bryan Erwin:

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Lettermen Returning: 21 / Letterman Lost: 46
Starters Returning: 5 on Offense, 3 on Defense

Key Losses: Ty Cloud (Houston), Chase Douglas (Air Force)

Players to Watch: TE Rhett Butler (Sr., 6’2, 210), DL Nick Fitzgerald (Sr., 6’4, 220), WR Michael Gill (Jr., 5’11, 170), RB/LB Stephen Hopkins (Michigan Verbal Commit, Sr., 6′, 220), WR Chris Martin (Sr., 5’8, 170), OT Keith Matheson (Sr., 6’2, 230), FB Jason Neal (Jr., 6’3, 230) , DL Daniel Noble (Oklahoma Verbal Commit, Sr., 6’4, 280), OLB Daniel Rose (Sr., 5’10, 175)

CSR Outlook from Thomas D. Lee: Head Coach Bryan Erwin has transformed the Marauders in his two years into one of the toughest competitors in the Metroplex both mentally and physically. Having lost their only playoff game in the 10 years prior to Erwin’s arrival, Marcus has now made the playoffs in back to back years for the first time since their Class 5A State Championship in 1998 which concluded a string of six consecutive trips to the postseason. The Marauders will be lead by a pair of seniors who have already verbally committed to play for two of the most storied college football programs in the NCAA. Stephen (pronounced Stefan) Hopkins has been the starter at running back since Erwin took over, but Hopkins will most likely see more snaps playing linebacker then running back in 2009. In front of Hopkins defensively is future Oklahoma Sooner Daniel Noble who will be in the hunt for the District 6-5A Defensive Most Valuable Player Award along with Southlake Carroll’s Jackson Richards and Hebron’s Michael Odiari. Not only will Marcus fans get to enjoy following one of the teams vying for the district championship, but Coach Erwin has put together another tough schedule to try and help prepare the Marauders for the playoffs. Games against Plano West, Fossil Ridge and Tyler Lee will be difficult, but not as difficult as the September 19th showdown with the defending Class 5A Division II State Champion Katy Tigers. Since Katy returns 10 starters from the 2008 team, the matchup with the Tigers at Waco ISD Stadium will help Marcus fans figure out how far this team can go come November.

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