Football season is starting up for the St. Mary Marauders as they held their first day of camp on Monday.
© Herald photo by Kristen McEwen
St. Mary Marauders offensive lineman Luke Tkatchuk, left, puts up a block during practice at St. Paul Field located west of St. Mary High School on Monday. Tkatchuk recently played a stint with the Saskatchewan Green at the Canada Cup playoffs this July.
In preparation for their first pre-season game in Lloydminster against Holy Rosary on Thursday, approximately 50 players hit the St. Paul Field located west of St. Mary High School.
Coach Curtis Hundeby said it’s tough to say at this point how this season will turn out.
“We’re in a really tough league against very good teams, we have a pretty experienced group of guys so I’m excited to see what they do,” he said.
“There’s always some question marks going into every season, this year’s no different. But I think we have the right mix of people to be pretty competitive so it’ll kind of depend on how the kids develop through camp and how they will gel together and ultimately how hard they want to play for each other.”
While not every athlete at the camp will see playing time this regular season, Hundeby said the pre-season game is an opportunity for everyone to get a chance to play.
“Once the season gets going, the (guys will) prove they deserve to play and worked hard to deserve to play,” he said.
Hundeby noted this season will see the return of a team with some experienced players.
In the mix is offensive linesman Luke Tkatchuk fresh off his stint with Saskatchewan Green at the Canada Cup this summer. Tkatchuck helped the Green team reach the gold medal playoffs against Ontario in the pre-university tournament at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon this past July.
Also returning this year is quarterback Bray Morrissette.
“He’s going to be the grease that makes the whole machine run,” Hundeby said.
He added that the team doesn’t have a lot of extra size on their side, however they will work to utilize speed this season.
“Defensively we have some returning players, Brandon Leblanc and Jesse Watt are going to be two of our defensive backs and they played last year,” Hundeby said.
“We have a couple of defensive linemen that are going to be pretty good and so both offensively and defensively we have more speed than we do size, so we’re going to try and take advantage of that.”
The Marauders finished their 2013 regular season 3-3, their best ever. The Centennial Chargers defeated the Marauders in the opening round of playoffs.