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Marauders Expect to Run More This Season


11:06 AM, Aug. 09, 2012 EDT

DEPEW, N.Y-Chad Kelly was a huge part of the St. Joe's football program for the past two seasons. Now he's at Clemson and the focus of the Maruaders offense may shift away from the passing game.

Kelly passed for an average of 277 yards per game, had 27 touchdowns and a QB rating of 108 last season, leading the Marauders to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the Monsignor Martin championship game.

Clemson University will now have the services of the former star St. Joe's quarterback, and head coach Dennis Gilbert and his team are excited for the possibilities that lie ahead. "We have a lot of skill guys back, we've gotten a lot stronger and we're going to be much bigger up front, so we're looking forward to a good season," Gilbert said.

With the loss of Kelly, Gilbert says that the offense may not be as vertical as it was in years' past and may rely more on the running game. Enough to the point where the Marauders will be a 'pound-it-out' run-first offense? "Well we don't want to do too much of that," Gilbert joked. "But we'll definitely be running the ball a little bit more." RB Nigel Davis and offensive lineman Frank Spina and Wes Harvin will do their best on the field to establish a legitimate running threat.

St. Joe's will not be doing as much traveling this season and will instead play two teams in Section VI; Bennett and Lockport. Gilbert and the Marauders will kick-off the 2012 season when they host Wilson Magnet High School out of Rochester on September 1st at 2 p.m.

 

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