Marine City football set for ‘everybody’s best shot’

Marine City players line up for a drill on the first day of football practice at Marine City High School on Monday, August 8, 2022.

MARINE CITY – While the setting was idyllic, the elements weren’t cooperating.

But the Marine City football team didn’t care.

“He poured a little bit,” quarterback Jeffery Heaslip said. “But that didn’t really bother us. It’s Mariner time.”

“I don’t really prefer the rain,” running back Zach Tetler said. “But it cooled me down because I was a bit hot there. It helped bring the temperature down.”

Despite the rain, mud and humidity, Mariners morale was high during the first football practice of the 2022 season Monday at Marine City High School.

Monday was the first day practices were allowed for Michigan’s fall sports teams.

“We’re thrilled,” coach Daryn Letson said. “I don’t even know if that’s a word, but it’s the ‘newness’ of everything. Every coach, every program is excited to start. It’s the novelty of a new school year and a new season.”

For the first time in more than nine months, the Mariners were together on a football field.

The Marine City football team gathers for the first practice of the season at Marine City High School on Monday, August 8, 2022.

“It’s really good (to be back),” Heaslip said. “Especially after a long summer filled with (weightlifting) and a few camps we’ve had. It’s great to be here.”

“We worked hard all offseason,” Tetler said. “(Now) we can finally prove and show what we have achieved.”

Open practice with tackling sessions. The attacking and defensive groups then split up to train before the whole team came together again. Marine City’s offense made non-contact scrimmage plays against its defense. Eventually, the Mariners finished with several sprints.

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