Our PrepZone preview continues: one team a day until the high school football season begins. We focus on the Marion County Eagles, team who has become one of the most consistent state championship contenders in our area.
They have to find a new quarterback, and that’s no easy task. Dustin Eckert led them to a state championship two years ago and threw 40 touchdowns in the past two seasons.
They fell to Hawkinsville in the playoffs last year in a heartbreaker, now that it’s in the past; Marion County is turning it into a good thing.
“I think it is a big help,” said Marion County Head Coach Mike Swaney. “I think the kids are hungry. I think they knew in that semifinal game us and Hawkinsville may have been the best two teams. We beat them in the regular season and they beat us in the playoffs with a field goal with 29 seconds to go.”
“We are hungry, not just me, our whole team is hungry. We have been working since this summer,” said senior running back Lorenzo Smothers. “Last year coming up short, we had a good season and all glory goes to god for that. We came up short and that leave a bad taste in our mouth. We are steady eating and we’ll see what happens. We are just going to take it one day at a time.”
Smothers is one of the most dynamic playmakers in our area. He plays all over the field and always has a smile on his face. He is a four year starter for Marion County, so what more can he do?
“Well, he will probably do everything. He will probably even drive the bus to the games. He can do it all. He is a kick returner, receiver, he is a running back and plays free safety for us. Extremely talented, the kid has great talent and great charisma,” Swaney said.
“This is my last year. I have to make every play count, every play, every second, every minute, every hour. I’m just out here to enjoy my coaches and team the best that I can,” said Smothers.
Smothers says he is looking at Georgia Southern right now for college football, but he does have some interest from SEC schools.