Former Mavericks optimistic about remainder of Archangels' season
April 15, 2017 at 4 a.m.
When Alford Joseph was in high school, if you had asked him where he envisioned himself in 2017, he probably would have said something completely different other than where he actually is.
"I kind of envisioned myself overseas somewhere but I'm kind of glad I stayed around," Joseph said. "There are certain things in Marshall, dealing with the youth of today, they need more positive role models and I want to be one of those for many years. I want to encourage more people to be positive role models for the youth of the city."
The 2000 graduate of Marshall High School is a member of the Marshall Archangels, and last week Friday, a day before taking on the East Texas Crusaders out of Longview, he and his Archangels teammates put on an Easter egg hunt for the kids of Karnack Elementary.
Perhaps it's that type of unity that has helped guide the Archangels to a 6-1 record so far.
"I'd have to say we stick together as one," quarterback Alandric Tutt said. "It's like a brotherhood. There's a big difference in ages. We've got some guys who are 18, 19 and then we've got some guys who are 35, 36. Everybody sticks together."
"The family atmosphere, that's the most important thing," Joseph said. "That brought us together, like brothers going to war. It's like our slogan says, 'We've got to protect our throne' and that's what we're doing each and every Saturday, but it also starts in practice and go into Saturday protecting the throne."
Tutt graduate from Marshall High School in 2012 and has stuck around ever since.
"Since high school I've been working pretty much, staying on top of my football game," Tutt said. "That's been my dream and I want to see where I can go from here before it's too late."
Joseph, an offensive and defensive lineman for the Archangels, graduated from Marshall High School in 2000 and is back in Marshall after spending some time in Houston.
"It (playing for the Archangles) brought me back to my Marshall High School years, man," Joseph said. "I played under the (Bill) Harper administration. Getting back out there feels good. I haven't touched the field since I left ETBU."
Joseph went to ETBU before transferring to Wiley where he graduated in 2008.
"I went to ETBU and started there with their football team," he said. "I got hurt and then I transferred to Wiley and played baseball and graduated from there. I came back last September and the guys hit me up and asked if I wanted to play ball," Joseph said. "I said, 'Well I do need to get in shape so, why not?'"
Desmond Andrus, head coach of the Archangels said his squad wouldn't be nearly as successful without Joseph and Tutt.
"This guy has a future in football," Andrus said of Tutt. "He can run it. He can throw it. He can do whatever he wants. He's been blessed with some athletic ability.
"He's a great guy, a great teammate and a God-fearing young man a dedicated young man," Andrus added of Joseph. "I wish we had more players like him. He's a character, man. He's one of those guys who likes to crack a lot of jokes and keep the team alive, keep the guys together and everything. He's an aggressive guy, a hard worker. If we had a team full of him, I'd imagine we'd be undefeated right now."
The Archangels have high hopes for the remainder of the season.
"The second half of the season, everybody is gunning for us now," Joseph said. "We have a great group of guys, a great game plan, and playing together as a family. We have the capability and the talent to make it to the playoffs and probably win the whole thing."
The Archangels will return to action Saturday, April 22 on the road against the Port City Jaguars. Their next home game will be Saturday, April 29 when they play host to the Louisiana Lightning.