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The senior boys pose with their fathers and coaches on the retreat.

The senior boys pose with their fathers and coaches on the retreat.

Photos provided by Jed Davis

Photos provided by Jed Davis

The senior boys pose with their fathers and coaches on the retreat.

Grace Rutledge, Reporter

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While everyone else was napping the summer away, the football team was working hard to prepare for their upcoming season. The team held early morning practices weekly Monday through Thursday to prepare. Coach Jed Davis wanted to make sure there was a good balance of working hard and having fun.

Players attended many different seven on seven tournaments and lineman camps throughout the summer. A few of the places included Southside Batesville, Atkins, Shiloh Christian, and Louisiana State University. The boys enjoyed all of their trips, especially the break they took in New Orleans, but many of them say their favorite trip of the summer was the Senior Father/Son Retreat.

This was Marion’s fourth year taking the trip up to Eagle Mountain. It was a time for team bonding, as well as a time to show great leadership examples. For family members that could not attend, men from our patriot community stepped up to fill in for the trip.

For two days, the players, fathers, coaches and volunteers focused on fishing, volleyball, hiking, exploring an old bear cave and enjoying bonfires with each other.

The boys hike with their fathers.

The Father/Son retreat gave the players time to share their goals and dreams with their teammates and their fathers. They took it as a chance to grow closer and then go home and use the experience to influence the players that are underclassmen.

“The Father/Son retreat teaches us about life after football and how to be leaders in the school,” Cameron Knighten, senior defensive tackle/offensive guard, said.

Coach Davis stated that this retreat is important to him, too.

I think the father son relationship is one of the most important relationships in a young man’s life. So we try to facilitate a weekend where we can do activities and talk about what it means to be a good father, a good husband and a good man. I believe that if more men would step up and take responsibility and be there for their children, then this world would be a better place.”

Coach Davis and his coaching staff invest a lot of personal time in their player’s lives. If they are not practicing, they can be found eating dinner together or spending time with one another at events like the mother/son date night that was held on Aug. 28. That night the guys had a great time bowling and playing laser tags with their and their fellow teammate’s mothers.

It is obvious that, for these guys, it is about more than just football.

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