A new football season is nearly upon us and with it all the possibilities and promise the game has to offer. In Marshall Illinois this season marks the first for new head coach Jared Boyll, he takes over for the departed Todd Evers.
The position may be new but the scenery is familiar and comfortable for Jared Boyll. He roams the Lions practice field as head coach now, but he was an All State Linebacker for the school from 2008 to 2011. It was and still is very close to his heart.
“I love the community of Marshall it’s my home town I love the people that are here I love the Marshall football program it’s made me who I am today and I will handle that with extreme excitement,” Boyll said.
Each coach wants to leave a mark on a program, an identity for who they are and how they play. Coach Boyll says intensity will be a hall mark of his Lion teams. “We will be very aggressive in the way we go about things and kind of my motto and saying is we will have accountability, integrity and respect I think that goes hand in hand with becoming a great football team and great young players and great young men,” he said.
And those young men are excited to have him as their new coach. Seniors Luke Cummins and Jake Tharp say the transition has been smooth which has allowed for high expectations.
“I feel like Marshall we’ve had where we’ve come second or third in the conference past couple years I feel like Coach Boyll here he’s won conference before here so I feel like expectations are high I feel like we can do it,” Cummins said. Tharp believes they have what it takes to win. “It can be a pretty special year with all the talent that we have and as hard as we’ve worked this summer we’re going to be pretty good,” he said.
Having played on the same field as his current players gives Boyll an interesting sense of perspective. He wants them to treasure the experience of playing high school football.
“They need to enjoy the time that they’re here football is a very special game and they will remember these times for the rest of their lives, I do and that’s why I’m back here because I love football and I think eventually they’ll start to love it as well,” he said.
The Lions open the season on August 24th at Lawrenceville at 7 pm.