RED BLUFF, Calif. - Home is where the games are, and for Red Bluff Spartans senior Marshal Brose, keeping his teammates focused on that is part of his job.
"I don't talk about myself as a leader as much as I try to show it on the field," Brose said. "I try to get everyone pumped up, I try to get everyone going in the right direction, not getting distracted during practice, keeping us focused, and energized the whole practice to get us ready for our game."
Brose's leadership is one reason Red Bluff claimed their first win of the year 42-21 last Friday night against Orland. The senior quarterback threw for 185 yards and three touchdowns, while also playing defensive back.
For his efforts in the win, Brose was named the KRCR News Channel 7 Mega Star Financial Player of the Week.
For head coach Orlyn L. Culp II, in his first year at the helm of the Spartans, the way Brose keeps his teammates on task is important.
"Most importantly, Marshal leads by example," said Culp, who took over the Spartans after 20 years with the rival Yreka Miners. "He's not afraid to be the rah-rah guy, but he's not the rah-rah guy. He's a guy that's gonna listen to what needs to be done, take it in, apply it, and then set that example on how other guys apply it."
Brose and the Spartans have been forced to play their home games this season away from Red Bluff due to a problem with the school's stadium turf. But Brose doesn't see it as a problem.
"We gotta be able to win anywhere," Brose said. "We have to realize we won't be with our home crowd every game. We have to try to get as many people there, but we're in this situation and we have to make the most of it."
Red Bluff hosts defending Northern League champion Lassen High School this week in a game played at Shasta High School.