By Steve Svetovich
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dunmore Bucks do not open their football season until Oct. 3, but senior all-star lineman Mason Maciejewski is more than ready.
“His work ethic is always outstanding,” said Dunmore football coach Kevin McHale.
A Lackawanna League all-star as a junior from the center position on offense, Mason is also a stalwart as a defensive tackle for the Bucks.
Son of Scott and Stephanie Maciejewski, his sister Moriah, 24, was a three-year starter and three-time all-star on the Dunmore Lady Bucks basketball team. She was twice All Regional and once All-State. She is a graduate of Newmann College where she received a bachelor of science degree. in accounting.
With sports in his blood, Mason chose football and is now entering his fourth season as a key member of the Dunmore Bucks football team.
He is undecided where he will attend college or what he will choose as his field of study, but is certain he wants to play football on the Division I or II level.
Mason is an honor student with a 3.2 academic average at Dunmore. His best subject is history.
He enjoys listening to music in his spare time and his favorite musical artist is Travis Scott.
Well-spoken and polite, Mason talked about what it takes to excel as a lineman in high school football. “You need to work very hard in the weight room,” he said. “Never slack. You also need to learn all of the techniques from the coaches. And work hard all the time.”
Mason said he cannot thank his parents enough for everything he learned from them. “I thank them a lot. I can’t even begin to say everything they have done for me. It is so much.”
He is quick to praise Dunmore coach McHale. “He taught me so much about techniques. He knows a lot about linemen and teaching the right techniques. He taught me a lot even when he was an assistant coach under Jack Henzes.”
The hard working senior lineman said the Dunmore Bucks football team will once again be very good and compete at a high level despite a possible shortened season due to the pandemic. “The goal is a state championship,” he said. “That is always the goal here.”
Always striving, Mason has kept busy during the pandemic.
“I’ve been working out, running, going over plays, and talking football with my teammates,” he said. “Football practice has been going well and we can’t wait for our first game on Oct. 3.”
Confident and self assured within himself, but not cocky, Mason talked about his future goals on a personal level. “I want to always work very hard and never slack. I want to be the best person I could be. And I want to always have goals.
Mason summed up his experience at Dunmore in a few words that tell it all. “I love it. There is absolutely no better place.”