The past two seasons have seen the Marion Patriots continue to improve. The Patriots have won five games each of the past two seasons and are looking to build upon that success this season. Marion was able to even host a playoff game last season and wants to clinch a playoff spot and advance in the playoffs this season.
Marion’s offense will have seven starters returning for the 2017 season. Patriots’ fans should keep an eye on wide receiver Taylor Brown this season. Brown racked up over 500 yards receiving and caught seven touchdowns last season. With experience returning for the Patriots and a talent at the skill positions, the Patriots have a chance to be a dangerous team from an offensive perspective. Marion fans should be excited to see what the Patriots’ offense can produce this season.
The Patriots on the defensive side of the ball will have six starters returning for the 2017 season. Kenta Jones is the player for Patriots’ fans to keep an eye on this season on the defensive side of the ball. Jones has a nose for the football from the cornerback position. Jones picked off four passes and was in on over 50 tackles last season. The Marion defense has the potential to be a very difficult group to throw against. If the defense can force turnovers and continue to cause problems for the opponents’ passing game then this should be a solid season for the Patriots’ defense.
I look for Marion to contend in the 6-A East. The Patriots should reach the playoffs and they have the potential to go on a playoff run. Marion will need to avoid injuries and continue to execute well on both sides of the ball, but this should be a group that can surprise a lot of people this season.