By Payton Moody
As the Friday night lights shine down on Antlers, Oklahoma, one player consistently stands out on the football field – Chance Marris. A senior, Marris has proven himself as a formidable force on both the offensive and defensive lines. In just three games, he’s secured an impressive total of 10 tackles, including one fumble recovery, showcasing his dedication and skill as a defensive powerhouse.
Reflecting on his journey, Marris credits his favorite coach, Coach Beasley, for molding him into the player he is today. “Coach Beasley holds us to a high standard,” Marris emphasizes, illustrating how impactful a dedicated coach can be in shaping a young athlete.
Football is the ultimate team sport, and Marris is no stranger to the importance of camaraderie and support within a team. He mentions teammates Reece, Micah, and Daniel as those who have not only inspired him but have stood by his side, both on and off the field.
Beyond the gridiron, Marris has found inspiration in the classroom as well. His favorite teacher, Elizabeth Marris, is none other than his own mother. Her influence extends far beyond academics, instilling in him values like perseverance and determination that he carries onto the field.
The off-season is where champions are made, and Marris is no exception. He dedicated his summer to rigorous training and skill development, leaving no stone unturned to ensure he was in peak condition for the upcoming season.
Football, for Marris, is more than just a game. It’s a playbook of life lessons. Football has taught him “to not quit and take responsibility,” a mindset that will serve him well.
For the season ahead, Marris has set ambitious goals – to be district champions and to win every game within their grasp. He’s especially eager to face off against Hugo, determined to reclaim a coveted trophy.
Looking beyond high school, Marris aspires to attend OSU-IT and pursue a career in HVAC technology. His journey in football and life is a testament to hard work, dedication and the unwavering support of coaches, teammates and family. Chance Marris is a name to watch, both on and off the field.
Postseason thoughts on Marris from Antlers’ Head Coach Dustin Beasley: “Chance Marris was amazing playing both sides of the line for us. Chance has played the last eight games with a torn ACL. His heart and toughness were an inspiration to our team all season.”