Wednesday, October 09, 2013

UConn commit moving up in the record books

With UConn making the move from Chandler Whitmer to Tim Boyle as its starting quarterback, the Huskies' quarterback of the future has been a popular story angle in the last couple of weeks.

So what better time to take a closer look at a player who could eventually challenge Boyle for playing time?

Since I was working on a story gauging the reaction from UConn commits to the firing of Paul Pasqualoni, I went to see Logan Marchi lead his St. Paul team to a 46-14 win over Kennedy.

What I missed during the game was the Marchi broke current UConn QB Casey Cochran's state high school record in career passing attempts. Marchi was 18 for 20 for 192 yards in the game giving him 992 career passing attempts breaking the mark of 986. According to the national high school football record book, just five players have attempted at least 1,000 career passes. In Connecticut Marchi ranks second, trailing only Cochran, in career passing yards (7,840), passing touchdowns (88) and completions (515).

More importantly to Marchi, the Falcons are 3-1 and if not for a miraculous comeback by Derby in the season opener, St. Paul would be sitting at 4-0.

"We are looking good right now," said Marchi, who is 79 for 127 passing for 1,358 yards with 14 touchdown passes and four interceptions to go with 152 rushing yards and two TDs. "We have continued to be successful, we continue to work hard going into practice that next day striving for that next week. We know we have opportunities now, we have chances to win games going in (they are) expected to win, we are expecting ourselves to win. We are hitting the tough part of our schedule and we are ready to hit that now."

Saturday's game against undefeated Woodland could answer some questions about how good this St. Paul team is.

The most memorable play for Marchi in the win over Kennedy was not any of his four touchdown passes or his five successful 2-point conversion passes but a two-yard loss than saw Marchi peel away from multiple Kennedy defenders in position to sack Marchi. In a play reminiscent of former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton, Marchi retreated on three separate occasions before reversing his field and nearly getting back to the line of scrimmage. He must have covered 50-60 yards just to lose two yards on the play.

"I got yelled at after that play," Marchi said, "I will just throw the ball away (next time). I like to do that, continue out the play I don’t usually like to throw it away and give up on my offense but continuing the play is fun, just being an athlete and just keep making plays."



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