Tigers’ Matt Bertram commits to playing football for Pios

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Sitting: left to right: Gerick Warner, Jason Schob, Matt Bertram and Joyce Bertram. Standing: left to right: Darren Stevens, Rick Guimond and Paul Bertram

Matt Bertram is looking forward to making the transition from prep to collegiate football.

This past Monday afternoon in the Sutton Gym lobby at Marietta High, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior announced his intentions of continuing his education and playing football at Marietta College after spring graduation.

“It’s just home,” said the 18-year-old Bertram. “And Coach (Andy) Waddle’s done a great job of turning around the culture and the program. I thought it would be a great place.to take my athletic career to the next level — and see what I can do for them.”

MC is an NCAA Division III school and a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC). Last season, the Pioneer football team posted a 7-3 overall record. The year before, it was 6-4.

Bertram said he’s planning to major in sports management. At MHS, he owns a 3.4 GPA.

Bertram will also be joining two other Tigers already on the roster — Dominic Vanfossen and Devon Moss.

“It should be fun to be back with them,” Bertram said. “I’m excited.”

Said Marietta High head football coach Jason Schob, “It’s nice to keep kids local, because you get an opportunity to go watch them. And you know they are in good hands with Coach Waddle and his staff.

“We’re pretty excited and honored to have kids play at the next level. I’m exited for Matt.”

At MHS, Bertram played on both sides of the football at wide receiver and at outside linebacker.

Last fall, the Tigers posted a 4-6 overall mark.

Earlier this year, Bertram competed in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was one of four Ohio players on the 64-man East Team roster. Positioned as an outside linebacker, he helped the East Team defeat the West squad, 26-7.

“It was a great experience,” Bertram said. “I went against 4- and 3-star players. One was committed to Kansas and another to Arkansas. I think three players were committed to Missouri. It was pretty sweet to make some friendships there. It was amazing.”

Added Schob, “We watched them on TV on the Internet, and he did a good job. It was pretty cool.”

The Blue-Grey Football’s primary purpose is to help a prep football prospect receive national exposure on the gridiron, and maybe earn a scholarship to a college or university.

Before playing in Dallas, Bertram was on the combine circuit at Cincinnati Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium and at Daytona Beach, Fla., in the spring.

This spring, Bertram is competing on the Tigers’ track and field team.

Bertram is the son of Paul and Joyce Bertram of Marietta.