TRAVERSE CITY -- The name on the jersey says Traverse City Wolves, but there is definitely an influence from another northern Michigan town.
Three offensive starters -- quarterback Will Moran, fullback D.J. Szymoniak and right guard Damon Marsh -- all hail from Onaway.
"It's just the small town atmosphere," Szymoniak said. "We have guys here representing Onaway football. We're coming down here and cracking heads just like we did back in the day."
Moran, a 1999 grad, and Szymoniak, a 1998 alum, played together in high school.
"It has helped me quite a bit being the QB here," Moran said. "I know how (D.J.) runs. He runs hard, he's fast, he's smart. It really has helped us spending four years in high school working together and bringing it together 10 years later."
And while Moran and Szymoniak didn't play in high school with the 35-year-old Marsh, they certainly are familiar with him.
"Just being from the Onaway area, I've known these guys since they were little," Marsh said. "D.J. was the waterboy on my football team. And he's one of the best athletes to come out of Onaway, so it's my pleasure to be able to block for Will and for D.J.
"To be able to go back to Onaway and tell some of the folks that we were putting some points on the board, it's as much of a rush to go back and see the smiles on their faces as it is to play the game."
With three members on the team, Onaway -- a town of about 1,000 -- had a strong showing at Saturday's home debut for the Wolves.
"We put quite a few fans in the stands from Onaway," Moran said. "It was nice to see they would make the commute to come and support us."