“After some great spring ball and heavy, quality recruiting by our current players,” Peterson says, “we enter this year excited to compete at a high level.”
With an experienced, tight-knit group of players returning, this year’s team is looking forward to building off of both the successes and failures from last year to become even more competitive. Peterson states, “The biggest thing we want to learn as a team is how to remain focused and fierce on the field, all while having fun.”
This fierce determination will be primarily brought through key returners such as Ethan Kennon, Jordan Delay, Josiah Brendemuehl, Joel Kobosh, and Brandon McCormick.
“We have a great group of guys coming back,” says Peterson, “We lost a few guys that we will definitely miss on the field and the contributions they added to the team, but we really feel like we have guys that are ready and fully capable to fill those positions.”
With a large amount of skilled players on offense who feel comfortable with the system, the coaching staff is highly optimistic about this year’s offensive firepower. “Our offense has great flow so far and looks really comfortable in many situations. Although we have to replace significant losses on the line, we are excited about some key additions who are very skilled and know how to play the position” says Coach Peterson.
On defense, the Crusaders will be equipped with a strong, talented group of linebackers who will anchor the middle of the defense this year. The coaching staff is thrilled to have a strong core of defensive players returning who have begun to become even more successful by correctly coaching themselves. “The coaching between the sidelines and the players on the field can only provide so much. This year, we are excited about the ability to give instructions on the sidelines, and then allow the players to simply go out and personally adjust, correct, or fine-tune their skills as necessary to adapt to certain situations,” says Peterson.
The Crusaders will be looking to improve on their 1-10 record last season with 5 home games and 5 away games this season. Key home matchups include Trinity on September 14th at 2:00 p.m., and Rockford on October 26th at 1:00 p.m. New this year, MBBC intends for every college home football game to now be available through live-stream video on the Maranatha Athletics College Football page.
“Overall,” says Peterson, “the expectation this year is that if we keep working towards perfection, it will ultimately pay off and we’ll even have more fun that way. You know, football is just a game. We are so blessed to be able to wake up every day and seek to compete. If we can learn to do our best in every situation we are faced with and not back down when challenged, our players will succeed both on the field and in their personal lives.”