Traverse City Record-Eagle

Traverse City Wolves

July 28, 2009

Wolves get boost from ex-Cardinals

Moran, Marsh, Szymoniak key contributors

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."

Text Only

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Associated Press Video
Facebook Is Officially A Mobile Company 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Swiftair Loses Contact With Air Algerie Aircraft Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid