You often hear a football team referred to as a family.
At Marblehead High, that meaning is literal.
The Magicians have five brother combinations and two sets of cousins on the roster this season — not to mention a father-son/coach-player duo. It’s no wonder fans keep hearing the same names being announced over and over again at Piper Field.
“These kids all grew up together, played youth football together and have been coming to Marblehead football games for years,” said head coach Jim Rudloff, whose son Christian is a junior guard and middle linebacker for the Magicians.
“The nice thing is these parents are really invested in our program as youth coaches, boosters, fundraisers, and helping with family dinners and cookouts. It really is one big family.”
The name Millett will be heard many times during a Marblehead game because there are three brothers on the squad. Senior Matt Millett is the team’s starting quarterback and cornerback; junior Will Millett is a tight end and outside linebacker; and Beau Millett is a freshman tight end and middle linebacker. A Millett-to-Millett pass hookup happened five times during Marblehead’s 41-24 victory over Lynn Classical last week as Matt found Will five times to keep drives alive.
Captain Dylan Cressy is a wide receiver and cornerback on defense while his brother, Reed, is a sophomore guard and middle linebacker. Then there are the York brothers, with senior Sam a long snapper and middle linebacker while sophomore Tedd plays wide receiver and cornerback.
Juniors Tyler and Brett Bial are both wide receivers who play in the Marblehead secondary, while quarterback/outside linebacker Spencer Craig, a junior, and his freshman brother, Harry Craig (a fullback/middle linebacker) keep the family tradition going.
“It really does seem like everybody is related to somebody on the team this year,” said Rudloff, whose team is 2-0 heading into Friday’s home game against Salem.