#CFCOPC PLAYERS TO WATCH: Team East Sophomore QB Maracle thrives off “love for the game”

The countdown begins to CanadaFootballChat.com’s Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) on the April 29th weekend at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton. In the days leading up to OPC, CFC will preview the teams and players participating in the big event. 

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Football is everything to Ben Maracle.

“The greatest attribute I bring the field is my love of the game,” he exclaimed. “That drives everything I do on the field; it is what shapes my attitude, drives me to better myself and to encourage my teammates.”

The Kingston Grenadiers (OVFL) and St. Theresa Titans (BQAA) standout loves lining up behind centre.

“I play QB because I love the challenge and the pressure of a tough game,” expressed Maracle. “I feel most comfortable when I have the ball in my hands. It’s a position that controls the offence. I have an opportunity to lead my team; be a hero.”

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It is important for coaches and players to have a strong bond, both on and off the field. He has that with his high school coach, Justin Shakell.

“He is one of my idols. He has a love of the game too; he gets why I play,” Maracle expressed. “We use that enthusiasm to motivate the team. Shakell respects my ideas and opinions just like I respect him.”

At the end of the month, the 6’4, 190-pound pivot will be heading to Hamilton to compete in the Ontario Prospect Challenge for the first time.

“Teammates from the [Grenadiers] introduced me to the OPC,” he said of becoming aware of the game. “It’s a great opportunity to learn new techniques and further my game. Every time I’m coached by someone new I have the opportunity to take away something.”

As for the added pressure of a big game such as the OPC, Maracle says that only makes him play better.

“I’m going into it with a positive attitude,” he affirmed. “The added pressure makes me up my game;  the more intense the game, the more focused I become.”

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