LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – High school football teams are rounding out the first week of preseason practice today and our 6 Sports “Two-A-Days” continue tonight with two more stops along the way.
We’re visiting 20 schools in 10 days and this morning we were at Lansing Everett.
“Yes, yes, yes,” says veteran coach Marcelle Carruthers.
His Everett Vikings were learning the finer skills of the game today and is there a better guy to teach them that than Carruthers?
The former Lansing Eastern and Central Michigan star quarterback back in the 80’s has carved a very successful coaching career in Lansing.
Carruthers is entering season number 17, all at Everett.
The Vikings missed the playoffs last year after making it there three years in a row.
Carruthers long ago adjusted the culture at Everett High.
Now he wants the program to get back to excellence and sustain after a one year hiccup.
Reporter: “You’re always optimistic. No coach has ever told me in 37 years we really stink but do you like this team from what you’ve seen?”
Carruthers: “What I do like is the chemistry because when we started going to practice, 6 o’clock in the morning, we may have had one student who was absent. So knowing that those kids would rather go at 6 o’clock in the morning instead of meeting at 9 or 10 says a lot about the team chemistry and what they want to get accomplished.”
“Everybody’s come to want us,” said senior quarterback Kenny Schmidt. “We’re more as a family than last year definitely and everybody has the same goal on the team is to win the league and make it to a playoff run.”
“You know it’s a new feel for me, a lot of love. Coach Carruthers is a good guy, good team chemistry,” added senior wide receiver DeShaun Lowery. “We’re all coming together as a family. You know we’re ready to get on the field and get after it.”