Playoff mainstay Marion Pleasant aims for ninth straight postseason

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Marion Pleasant Spartans

Marion Pleasant is a mainstay in the football postseason qualifying each of the last eight years including a state championship in 2002 and a state runner-up finish in 2001.

The outlook is favorable once again for the Spartans as they move up from Division V to Division IV in 2007.


C/DL Aaron Edington (6-2, 245, Jr.), OL Chris Anderson (6-1, 220, Sr.), OL Mike Brookes (6-0, 220, Sr.), TE Kyle Nielsen (5-10, 160, Soph.), RB Nick Van Meter (5-9, 160, Sr.), TB/LB Cory Snyder (5-10, 175, Jr.), HB/DB Kyle Beck (6-2, 170, Jr.), NG Kyle Simpkins (6-1, 250, Sr.), LB/RB Jake Lawrence (6-1, 200, Jr.), DB Griffin Clark (5-11, 190, Sr.), DB Joel Swaney (5-11, 180, Sr.)

2006 Record: 10-2

Marion Pleasant is a mainstay in the football postseason qualifying each of the last eight years including a state championship in 2002 and a state runner-up finish in 2001.

The outlook is favorable once again for the Spartans as they move up from Division V to Division IV. But head coach Chris Kubbs is more focused on taking care of business on the field rather than which Division Pleasant is in.

“We really don’t concern ourselves much with that,” he said. “We try not to get swept up in the playoff picture. We start with the regular season and go from there. If your good enough to get into the playoffs, all teams are talented at that point. We look at it as just another opportunity to play another game.

“We just try to go out and prepare each week and get ready to play.”

After losing only eight seniors to graduation from last season’s 10-2 team, the Spartans will be well-armed as they make the divisional transition.

One position, however, that was left available as a result of the graduation is at quarterback. Harris is slated to step in for Jake Burns and lead the Spartans under center.

“We should have a pretty good group of experience coming back offensively,” Kubbs explained. “We’re going to try and limit Cody Harris’ play on defense, though. A concern of ours is having a first-year starting quarterback varsity-wise. Taking on the leadership role there I think is going to be a major part of the puzzle.

“I think having some experience will pick up the offense a lot quicker than the defense. As a coach, it makes it a lot easier having that many returning starters.”

Kubbs also said he is pleased with the off-season workouts and the participation his players had in other sports last school year to stay in shape and stay healthy.

“Injuries are always a factor in this game. Of course, that is always a concern and you hope your kids can stay healthy,” he said.

Marion Pleasant
2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/25/2007 @ St. Henry 5
8/31/2007 Marion Elgin 4
9/7/2007 Galion Northmor 5
9/14/2007 @ Delaware Buckeye Valley 3
9/21/2007 @ Richwood North Union 5
9/28/2007 Sparta Highland 4
10/5/2007 Morral Ridgedale 5
10/12/2007 Mount Gilead 5
10/19/2007 @ Cardington-Lincoln 5
10/26/2007 @ Caledonia River Valley 4


* Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference games in bold

 

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