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A review of the 2010 Hancock football season

The 2010 football season is now in the books for the Hancock Owls. Before the season started, it was very evident that the Owls would be a young inexperienced team with only two seniors, and only about three players that played a substantial amount of time last year. Throughout the season, it was evident that the players continued to improve each game.

The young players began to figure out the game and the older guys began to feel more comfortable in their roles as the season continued. There were several games this year that if you only saw the final score you would not understand how well the team actually played. One game that sticks out would be the Brandon-Evansville game which ended 40-12. The Owls actually led this game and were within two scores at halftime. Some injuries and a couple of bad bounces led to the final score, but the boys played well all game.

This year the Owls were led by two seniors, Nick Marczak and Chanc Nack. Marczak anchored the offensive line at the center position and was very active from his linebacker position on the defensive side of the ball. Marczak was one of those players who, if you got him to the sideline, would beg to get back in and truly loves the game of football. Nack held down his end defensively for the Owls all season and when he got his motor going was all but impossible to stop from that position. Nack was never worried about what position he was playing, he just wanted to play. If you needed a player to fill in at any position he was always willing to go in. These two young men always held their heads high and always tried to keep the spirits high no matter the situation.

The Owls look to return a pretty experienced squad next year, graduating only two seniors from this year's team. There are eight juniors that are returning along with some underclassmen that will all be fighting for starting roles. The Owls also look to be bringing in nine players that played 8th grade this year which will help us out next year as freshmen.

"I would like to thank all of the parents and fans for supporting us throughout the season and allowing their sons to play football," said coach Chad Christian. "I would also like to thank our managers Serandon and Olivia for helping us out with the camera duties. A special thanks goes out to Sam Roth. Sam was on the sidelines all season doing the water boy details and if you ever got a chance to see him there he was always encouraging the players. I have never seen a manager with as much passion for the game and the players as Mr. Roth."

The coaching staff was very proud of this year's team as they would come in every week, everyday, ready to get to work. No matter what happened the week before the guys kept a short memory and continued to work on improving. As we look towards next year's team we are excited to see the work that they have already started to do to bring Owls football where it needs to be.