Area high school football teams took the field for kickoff classics on Friday night, and while those games didn't count for anything, it gave area coaches an idea of what they needed to improve on as the real season gets underway this Friday night.
The Arnold Marlins, walking away with the 49-14 win over the Bozeman Bucks, and the Fish, looked impressive on the field. Head Coach Josh Wright knew there was a serious battle at quarterback during fall practice, and Cody Saunders, just a sophomore, won the battle, and showing why Friday night. Saunders threw for 85 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 99 and adding two more td's on the ground.
Torri Cotton, ran the ball well for the Marlins, scoring three times in his own right, and while Coach Wright was impressed with his guys out of the gate, he knows there's much work the needs to be done.
"We were pleased with the production, we know we have a ways to go," he said Monday. "We know every week is going to get progressively tougher, and so we want to send that message to our kids now that each week is going to be climbing the ladder to success. We were pleased. The kid were pleased. It's always better to put your feet on the floor in the morning with a win versus a loss. We want to be able to repeat that several times this year."
Arnold opens up the year on Friday when they hit the road to take on Holmes County. Game time is at 7:00/CT.