Junior Ryan Marszal scored no touchdowns and made no interceptions, yet his impact on Unatego’s 42-14 Section Four Football Conference Division V victory over Deposit/Hancock on Friday was huge.
He made key blocks from his wide receiver position that sprung Josh Feyerabend and Corbin Henry for touchdown runs in the second quarter. In the same quarter, while covering D/H’s speedy Brandon Macumber, he deflected two deep passes down the right sideline, and did it again in the third quarter.
Also in the third quarter, after D/H pulled to 32-14, he leaped to grab on onsides kick, giving the Spartans possession at their 45.
Marszal also caught a 22-yard pass over the middle from Feyerabend on Unatego’s second scoring drive.
“If you had a game ball, he’d get it,” Unatego coach Frank Microni said of Marszal. “It’s hard to block on the perimeter, but we don’t score those touchdowns if he doesn’t make those blocks. Then he made key defensive plays. He makes us a lot better.”
It’s all about timing
In the third quarter of Friday’s game, Feyerabend and Tanner Winchester showed just how eye-pleasing a simple down-and-out can be.
From the left side, Winchester ran about 8 yards up the field before making that sharp cut to the sideline. Feyerabend released the ball just before Winchester made his cut. As Winchester turned his head, the ball was right there. He caught it in stride, beat a defender to the sideline and sprinted 43 yards for a touchdown.
Normally, that’s a play seen Sundays or at the major college level. For high school teammates to have that kind of timing is impressive.
“They worked on it a lot,” Microni said. “They did the 7-on-7 stuff over the summer and they learned the offense.”