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Marshall community celebrates historic ‘Trey Day’

Photo by Jake Przytarski Fans at the Varsity Pub react to Lance being selcted in the NFL Draft.

MARSHALL — The Marshall community was out in full force Thursday night to celebrate the “Trey Day” festivities held downtown with local bars and restaurants packed with fans eager to witness Trey Lance make history as the first Marshall High School graduate to reach the National Football League.

The former Tiger turned North Dakota State University quarterback waited through just two selections before hearing his name called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as the San Fransisco 49ers made Lance the third overall selection in the 2021 Draft. When Goodell announced the selection the crowd gathered at the Varsity Pub and establishments around Marshall let out a roar in support of the hometown kid achieving his childhood dream.

For Mitch Maxwell, a graduate of MHS and the current assistant coach of both the football and baseball programs, the moment was almost too good to be true.

“It’s a little bit surreal,” said Maxwell. “Carlton, Trey, Angie and Bryce are just such grounded people, and so having worked with them over the years you gain an appreciation for who they are. “It’s a little weird to see them and Trey up on the big board there on that grand of a stage and then know who they are.”

For the community, Maxwell said Lance’s selection is source of pride in town.

“I think we take a lot of pride in that. I can speak for the sports programs in Marshall (we’re) trying to build good people and good relationships. I think that we’ve had such great talent come through these programs over the years, but more importantly great people,” said Maxwell. “When I listen to the Lance story and I hear Carlton and Angie talk and Bryce and Trey, they’re just such great people and I’m really proud that they are able to represent themselves and us in that way.”

Marshall resident Bill Cowden echoed the sentiments of Maxwell and sees the 49ers as an ideal landing spot for Lance in an offense that will cater to his skillset.

“I think that it’s a great opportunity,” said Cowden. “That’s a great spot. He’s going to fit well in (Kyle) Shanahan’s offense.”

Though many would’ve liked to have seen Lance end up in the home state purple and gold, many locals said they’ll be rooting for the 49ers in the years to come now that one of Marshall’s own is under center.

“It’s a great fit,” said Marshall resident Steve Verkinderen. “I’ve always liked the 49ers but yeah now it’ll make a difference (as a fan) sure.”

“I’m a purple and gold (guy) but I’ll definitely support Trey and the 49ers,” Cowden added.

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