MARIETTA, OK--- Marietta head coach Matt Suffal led his Indians back to the postseason for the first time in a decade. And it happened in his inaugural year.
"He always comes out here, he's always enthusiastic, he always wants us to come out here and work hard and we try our best to do that for him," Marietta senior wide receiver/safety, Adam Sanchez said.
"People feel his a lot more confident in us this year. Like you said, he's a lot more aware of what he's got skill position-wise and he knows what he can put on the field. We just have to put out our effort for him."
Now heading into his second season at the helm he's ready to take them back and achieve a little more.
"They're ready to start it over again, last year we did lose in the first round and we want to have a home playoff game this year," Head coach Matt Suffal, said.
The team did lose 13 seniors. But they're returning 16 starters. They may not be the same physical presence, but they're far superior mentally.
"Extremely athletic. I think we have a high IQ this year team wise. We've got a lot of kids out there smart and they know the game of football, which is going to help us be successful," Suffal said.
"Well we still got the speed, we also got the smarts. Everybody knows pretty much what to do, we've been watching paying attention last year and all the younger guys are learning and they're going to keep it going this year," Sanchez said.
Marietta finished 4-7, but their district record was good enough to finish in the top three. That shows you they like to schedule a tough slate. This year is no different, the Indians will be tested in pre-district taking on Class A powers like Ringling and Elmore-City Pernell. That should get them seasoned for another 2A-4 slugfest.
"It's going to take more than just hard work, you know. We're going to have to make plays, we're going to have to make catches. It's not going to be easy, but we'll see," Sanchez said.