KeiVarae Russell will play tonight

KeiVarae Russell has a new nickname.

Scooter.

Teammates of the Mariner running back, who missed last week’s game against Arlington due to an injury he suffered during a moped accident, have been affectionately calling him “Scooter” all week during practice. It’s all in good fun because Russell … er … Scooter has been cleared to play tonight against Mount Vernon, according to Mariner coach John Ondriezek.

“One day when KeiVarae is playing D-1 and he goes back to return a kick, they’ll call him Scooter and everyone will wonder why,” Ondriezek said Thursday with a laugh. “The kids had a little fun with it.”

Russell practiced this week, but wasn’t a full participant in practice until Thursday.

Ondriezek said that he feels Russell’s return will be a big lift to his squad, which lost 42-12 to Arlington last week.

“KeiVarae’s a leader and kids like to follow leaders,” Ondriezek said.

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