North Marion football

north marionNorth Marion (Citra) Colts (Class 5A-District 5)

2013 Record:  9-3

Head Coach:  Stephen Field (1st year)

Key Players:  James Allen (RB, Sr.), Caleb Seiler (QB, Jr.), Jack Reed (WR/ATH, Sr.), Freddie Swain (WR, Jr.), Cam Mackey (WR/ATH, Jr.), De’Amontae Jackson (LB, Sr.), SJ Montgomery (DB, Jr.), Kimball James (DB, Sr.)

Outlook:  Former Miami Northwestern coach Stephen Field looks to continue the Colts’ streak of 14 consecutive playoff appearances. North Marion always seems to have speed and D-I talent all over the field, especially at the skill positions.

Allen, who led the team with 845 yards rushing, gave his verbal commitment to Louisville in June. Reed has garnered offers from Kentucky and Cincinnati. Mackey (Utah and Cincinnati), who scored seven TDs last year, will help on offense and in the return game. Then there’s Swain, who led the Colts in receiving last year with 29 catches for 612 yards and seven TDs. He has offers from Florida, Miami, Arkansas and Alabama. Mix in Seiler, who has been conditioning extremely hard since January, and the Colts have a chance to score some points this season.

Seiler, who lost more than 30 pounds, threw for 1,023 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013. He connected with Swain four times for 131 yards, including an 89-yard scoring pass, in the spring game against Ocala Forest.

Defensively, Jackson (Alabama, FSU, and Miami) returns after leading the Colts with 111 tackles. Montgomery & James are returning starters in the secondary.

2014 Football Schedule
Friday, August 22 – at Lake Weir (Ocala), 7 p.m.
Friday, August 29 – vs. Forest (Ocala), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 5 – vs. Vanguard (Ocala), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 12 –TBA
Friday, September 19 – at Suwannee (Live Oak), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, September 26 – vs. Eastside (Gainesville), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 3 – at Crystal River, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 10 – vs. Dunnellon, 7:30 p.m.*
Thursday, October 23 – vs. Santa Fe (Alachua), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 31 – at Belleview, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, November 7 – at West Port (Ocala), 7:30 p.m.

*District game

North Marion High School website

“The Prep Zone” will count down to kick-off with a daily preview of high school football teams in the North Central Florida area.  Here are the future release dates:

CLASS 5A-DISTRICT 5
July 15 – Santa Fe (Alachua)
July 16 – Suwannee (Live Oak)

CLASS 5A-DISTRICT 6
July 17 – Central (Brooksville)
July 18 – Weeki Wachee
July 19 – Hernando (Brooksville)
July 20 – Nature Coast (Brooksville)
July 21 – South Sumter (Bushnell)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 3
July 22 – Columbia (Lake City)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 5
July 23 – Citrus (Inverness)
July 24 – Gainesville
July 25 – Lake Weir (Ocala)
July 26 – Vanguard (Ocala)
July 27 – Forest (Ocala)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 6
July 28 – Springstead (Spring Hill)

CLASS 7A-DISTRICT 3
July 29 – Buchholz (Gainesville)

CLASS 8A-DISTRICT 1
July 30 – West Port (Ocala)