Marist was one of a handful of teams across the state to start a new era Monday with the opening of two-a-day practices in a new league and new classification.
No longer a member of the 4A Sky-Em League, the Spartans have moved up to the 5A Midwestern League.
Marist joins Willamette, Churchill, North Eugene, Springfield and Marshfield.
Football is the only sport where the the 6A-5A Midwestern League hybrid won't come into play.
The Thurston Colts have moved up to 6A and will play in a league with Sheldon, South Eugene, Roseburg, South Medford, North Medford, Crater and Grants Pass.
Frank Geske enters his third year as head coach of the Spartans with 17 seniors back from the unbeaten, championship roster.
The program has made the playoffs for 15 straight seasons.
Some of the key returners are OL/LB Logan Mayes, LB/FB Will Swindling, WR/DB Taylor Walcott, RB/DB Logan Silver.
MHS plays host to the Corvallis Spartans on September 3rd.
Western Oregon's longest running and hardest hitting High School football highlight show, High School Gameday, returns September 3rd and continues on every Friday night at 11:20 with a brand new look on KVAL.
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Highlights from the Spartans winning the 2009 4A State Championship at Reser Stadium. A 55-16 blowout of Baker.