SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Sports Special

September 6, 2012

Marblehead eyes NEC/CAL Tier 2 title defense

Marblehead football coach Jim Rudloff has no regrets about putting the ball in Will Quigley’s hands 193 times last year. Nor should he.

Quigley, the Magicians big-play running back last year as a senior, produced 1,459 yards of offense and numerous defensive plays as Marblehead captured the Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League Tier 2 title and advanced to the postseason.

The one downfall with all that Quigley action is that Rudloff now finds himself with a somewhat inexperienced crew on offense this year. But he’s not complaining.

“I think anyone would have been foolish in the position I was in not to have given Will the ball,” Rudloff said. “I still feel he was the most talented athlete in our league last year. That was the kid I wanted to give the ball to.

“I was really fortunate to have that as a coach, but I also feel very fortunate to have more options. This year there is obviously not a go-to guy.”

The one offensive area Rudloff can feel really comfortable with is quarterback. Senior captain Ian Maag is back for his second year under center, and he’ll be featured more prominently this season.

Maag is a threat to run or throw. Even with Quigley dominating the touches, Maag carried the ball for 476 yards and three scores last year. He also threw for 563 yards and five touchdowns.

“He really did get better as each game went on last year,” Rudloff said. “I think it’s hard with someone like Will in the backfield; you’re supposed to be giving him the ball, and we really didn’t let Ian throw it much. We really didn’t develop him as a passer. Now, we’re building our offense around being balanced, and we’ll give him the opportunity to do more things and open things up for him.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Student-Athlete 2014
Sports
Local News
  • 140765_SN_DLE_FESSENDEN4 Special Spaces transforms two downstairs rooms into playroom for Riley Fessenden

    BEVERLY -- What happens when the perfect kid-friendly playroom appears in your house overnight? Beverly's Fessenden kids were mostly speechless when they returned from seeing "The Little Mermaid" on Saturday and got their first look at the playroom t

    July 28, 2014 10 Photos

  • Beverly Hospital courier loses patients’ lab forms

    BEVERLY -- A courier for Beverly Hospital last month lost lab request forms for 54 patients that included names, health insurance identification numbers and, in some cases, Social Security numbers. The courier misplaced the forms, which were in a zip

    July 28, 2014

  • Big plans for three parks in the Point neighborhood SALEM -- One will be overhauled, another created from scratch, and a third will get a spiffed-up community garden. It's a good time to be a park in the Point neighborhood. The densely packed area just south of the city's downtown is on the verge of i

    July 28, 2014

  • Peabody could see school choice profit next year PEABODY -- After three years, the city's schools are projected not only to break even on school choice, but actually make a $30,000 profit. School officials expect to lose just under $300,000 in state aid next year for students who opt to attend scho

    July 28, 2014

  • 140723_SN_DLE_SALVARMY2 Dennis and Susan Knight take over Salem Salvation Army operation

    SALEM -- It was Christmas Eve in Sanford, Maine, but 8-year-old Dennis Knight and his three sisters had good reason to be short on holiday spirit: Their mom and dad had warned them there would be no Christmas that year. The family couldn't afford it.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos