MHS Football Refocuses After First Loss of the Season


Media by Jeff Swift

Chris Kreh, junior, runs down the field with the ball at the Kirkwood game earlier this season. The team beat Kirkwood 42-23. “We have been working super hard this year, and it I think it shows and definitely has paid off,” Stewart said.

Marquette football lost for the first time this season Friday against Eureka leaving them with a 7-1 record.

There was hope for a win after the many successful plays this year, a long winning streak, and an impressive win last year. 

“The Eureka game was tough and we just didn’t execute,” Jamison Straulin, varsity player, said. “We played sloppy and made mistakes. We aren’t freaking out and throwing out our game plan or anything. We are just working on fixing mistakes”.

The team has been practicing after school Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays until 6 p.m., and before school on Thursdays starting at 6:15 a.m.

This next game is extremely important not only because it is against Lafayette, but also because it determines the team’s seed for playoffs according to Straulin.

“We are more focused at practice for sure, and we are watching a lot of film and talking through their schemes a lot,” Straulin said. “We returned almost our entire starting defense as well as multiple offensive weapons, and we have the largest Senior Class ever, so we all kind of know what it takes. We have a lot of kids who have won big games and that is paying off into us winning. We got rolling at the beginning of the season and haven’t looked back.”

The team brought back 29 seniors, who have had varsity experience since their sophomore year.

“All these returning seniors know what it is like to be on the field; they are prepared, know what they have to do to execute plays well, and can guide the younger kids well,” Michael Stewart, head coach, said.

The upcoming games are going to be super good and fun, and I am excited to see how we play.”

— Ashley Syrup

Stewart said the team is trying to constantly working to do their best and keep a positive mindset. 

“One game isn’t going to make or break us,” Stewart said.  “We just put the game behind us and fix any mistakes we made and adapt your game plan for the next game.”

The student section has noticed the change in the attitude and performance of the team this year.

“They have been doing so well this year,” Ashley Syrup, senior, said. “The games have really connected our school with the great spirit and energy in the stands.”

Syrup has attended every home game and a few away games, including the Eureka game, to support the team.

“We lost this last one, but the team seems to be doing better and better,” Syrup said. “. I can’t wait to see how we do against Lafayette and at playoffs. These upcoming games are going to be super good and fun.”