Two Marist High School football players participated in a National Letter of Intent signing ceremony on Wednesday, December 19 in the school’s RedHawk Theater. The event confirmed their plans to continue their academic and athletic careers at the college level.
Quarterback Michael Markett (St. Michael) started for the RedHawks for two seasons and will continue his playing career at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Markett finished his four-year career with a perfect 28-0 record against conference opponents and compiled a 23-3 overall record as a starting quarterback on the varsity level. He was voted unanimously as team captain for his senior year. “Mike is one of the hardest workers and best leaders the program has seen,” Head Coach Ron Dawczak ’93 said. “He is a perfect example of what a student-athlete at Marist is supposed to be.” In his career at Marist he completed 295 out of 468 attempts for 4,170 yards and 42 touchdowns. Markett also rushed for 314 carries totaling 1,705 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was an academic all-state selection in 2017 and 2018. His senior season, he was the 2018 East Suburban Catholic Conference player of the year and 2018 Illinois High School Football Coaches’ Association All-State Quarterback.
Kendric Nowling (Murray Language Academy) was a two-year defensive starter on varsity who will play for Eastern Michigan University next fall. This feat is more impressive since he broke his leg during his sophomore season. He was an outside linebacker as a junior and made the difficult transition to free safety as a senior. “Most players tend to move closer to the line of scrimmage as their career progresses” Dawczak said. "Kendric’s athleticism allowed him to move away from the ball and to be a force both in our pass defense and run defense.” Nowling also served as a team captain his senior year. On the field Nowling amassed 86 total tackles (58 solo), 8.5 tackles for loss, one sack, four interceptions, six pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, and five caused fumbles. Nowling is rare three-sport varsity athlete. He is a leader on the mat for Marist wrestling in the winter and runs track and field in the spring, for which he advanced to state in 2017.
Seventeen other seniors have already signed letters and more commitments are expected as the school year continues. Marist is a member of the competitive East Suburban Catholic Conference and its athletes and teams regularly garner success at the local and state levels.