Marion Local overview


COACH: Tim Goodwin

YEARS AT SCHOOL: 16th, 184-40

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 15-0 (8-0 MAC) (Division VII state champions)

DIVISION: VI, Region 22


RETURNING STARTERS: Hunter Wilker (Sr., WR); Aaron Nietfeld (Sr.); John Dirksen (So..); John Schwieterman (Sr., C); Cole Griesdorn (Sr.); Nick Heckman (Jr.); Kyle Homan (Sr.).

OFFENSE: Power running

DEFENSE: Multiple

PLAYER TO WATCH: WR/RB Hunter Wilker has been a standout in state championship games since his freshman year. He was first team all-state last year, with 42 receptions for 763 yards and 16 TDs. The Flyers will have a new quarterback, but at least he will have one of the top playmakers in the area to either throw or hand the ball to.

OUTLOOK: Marion Local comes in as the four-time defending state champion and winners of 37 straight games. Their last loss came against Coldwater 27-0 on Oct. 12, 2012, at Coldwater. The Flyers have seven starters back, including first team all-state WR Wilker and C Schwieterman. Three starters return on the offensive line to build around. Only three starters are back on defense. Huge voids will be at quarterback and running with the graduation of QB Dustin Rethman and RB Jacy Goettemoeller. In spite of those losses, look for the Flyers to compete for another MAC title and make another deep run in the playoffs.


Aug. 28`at McComb`7 p.m.

Sept. 4`Beallsville`7:30 p.m.

Sept. 11`New Bremen`7:30 p.m.

Sept. 18`at Minster`7:30 p.m.

Sept. 25`St. Henry`7:30 p.m.

Oct. 2`at Anna`7:30 p.m.

Oct. 9`at Coldwater`7:30 p.m.

Oct. 16`Fort Recovery`7:30 p.m.

Oct. 23`Versailles`7:30 p.m.

Oct. 30`at Delphos St. John’s`7:30 p.m.

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