Excitement builds as Marvin Ridge prepares to kickoff 2013 season

MARVIN – There was a buzz in the air on Saturday morning as the Marvin Ridge High School football program held their media day festivities.  Several hundred parents and supporters of the team filled the practice field for team photos, a cookout, and media availability.

Since taking over as head football coach in the spring, Dan Bailey has been hard at work putting his stamp on the program and continuing the upward momentum that the Mavericks have gained over the past few years.

The Mavericks have posted a 16-8 record over the past two seasons and lost a close 15-12 game in the playoffs last season to 3AA finalists Charlotte Catholic.

When Bailey took the reins of the program in April, his first goals were to make the weight-lifting program the core of the foundation and bring in the community and make this their team.

“We’re bringing everyone into the fold, it’s not about the parents or coaches, it’s about the kids,” Bailey said.  “When we say Marvin Ridge, we’re talking about the sixth grade and up, our community is part of the program too. “

He couldn’t be any happier with the progress made and excitement within the team as they prepare to open their season tonight with a scrimmage at Parkwood High School.

“The kids have really stepped up, they’ve bought in with the weight room and that hard work has carried over out here (to the practice field.)” Bailey added.

The Mavericks open the regular season on Friday, Aug. 23rd on the road at West Montgomery.

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