FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Monroe Catholic Rams graduated half (9 of 18) of it's players from last season. This year, they are utilizing two players from Tri-Valley, a Hutchison Hawks student, and a home-schooler to help fill out it's roster. They had 12 players strap on the pads for week one's 4:30 kickoff against the Seward Seahawks Friday.
Clashing against Monroe's dozen, are the Seahawks' 13 players for a combined 25 players in the contest.
Rams lineman Mason Muramoto spoke about the team preparing for that week one kickoff.
"Well, we are a little shorthanded but I feel like everyone is enthusiastic about having this first game," Monroe's Mason Muramoto said. "A lot of guys haven't played and so its that pregame excitement that everyone is getting for the people that are returning and want to stick to it to Seward yet again and have some fun."
The Rams defeated Seward 27-12 in last year's season opener. For this week, Monroe will have players who have never played a snap of football.
"It is a lot of fun. You get a lot of people who need some guidance, and it is really fun to give them that and then lead them into their positions so they can be as good as they can get to." Muramoto added.
The Rams will have their home debut on August 24th against the Nikiski Bulldogs.