MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- When a few Marines with Headquarters Battalion and 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division get off work they don’t put on civilian clothes and go out into town, they dawn a helmet and pads and head off to the gridiron to represent their unit.
The 2nd Marine Division Intramural Tackle Football Team won their first game against the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade team Oct. 25, 12-6, kicking off their season with a bang.
The division team coach, 1st Lt. Leslie Morrison explained what he thinks is the teams strongest asset.
“We play smash mouth football, and our running game is definitely the strongest point on offense. We have an overall strong defense, but our run defense is probably the best,” Morrison explained.
The team is comprised of mainly players who have had experience in high school and some in college, but the one unique thing about this team, according to Morrison, is their heart.
“The level of play is higher, because we’re not kids anymore. And there’s more team camaraderie. You’re playing football with people you work with everyday,” explained Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael “Doc” Robinson, the team’s quarterback from Enterprise, Ala., who played running back for Enterprise High School until he graduated in 2001.
“We just all enjoy playing football, love the game and want to win and will,” Morrison said with confidence.
The team’s confidence and desire to win will be an important factor in the team’s success this season, which is scheduled to end at the end of January with the start of the play-offs.
The Intramural Football League is divided into two conferences, the Gold Conference and the Scarlet Conference.
The division team is scheduled to play teams within their conference, the Gold Conference, during the regular season, including, in order, 6th Marines on Oct. 31, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base on Nov. 21, New River on Dec. 5, the Brig Company on Jan. 9 and 2nd Maintenance Battalion on Jan. 23.
Morrison is confident that his team will go undefeated this season and reach their ultimate goal of winning the league championship scheduled for Feb. 17, 2006.
“I look forward to winning mainly, but we are setting out to go undefeated and we will. Nobody will beat us,” he explained.
Their confidence is always high and they are players that believe in their team, according to Robinson.
“Our level of confidence never drops. We believe in our team, and that’s how we’re going to play,” Robinson explained.