If you watched Iron Hills; Hills Division football in the last four years, you know what a dominant force Anthony Marconi was on the field. He led both sides of the ball racking up impressive statistics and at the same time equally impressive stats in the classroom.
The Morris County Chapter of The National Football Foundation And College Hall of Fame has recognized Marconi as a Scholar Athlete. Criteria for this award include academic achievement, school and civic leadership and football ability. Marconi more than qualifies. He graduates from West Morris Mendham later this year maintaining a 4.3 grade point average. Marconi led the Minute Men to their first play off appearance in 9 years. Under the leadership of head coach, Bill Carpluk, he along with three other senior captains not only led by example, but led fearlessly and was the driving force behind unifying the team. Marconi also tutors students and works with young players on line positions and defense strategy
Like his grades, Marconi’s statistics are standout. His career stats include 294 tackles, 171 solo tackles and 123 assists. In two games in the 2013 season Marconi earned most tackles in a game at 21. With 149 total tackles in 2013 he set a record for most tackles in a single season and earned his spot in the Minute Men’s 100 Tackle Club. He also set season records for the most solo tackles at 85 and the most assists with 64. Marconi’s contribution as a leader and motivator is immeasurable. His drive on the field was relentless and left everything on it, taking just enough back to the locker room for reflection and initiative for the week to follow.
There may never be another to walk the walk #59 did at West Morris Mendham, however, he mentored many young players and already set the bar higher for the 2014 season. Marconi will attend Trinity College in the fall, where he is a member of the football team. But before he goes, he will play one more time here as a high school student in the Robeson East West All Star game, June 9th , and local fans are more than looking forward to it.
Best to you Anthony as you begin this new chapter of life. From this football fan, a big thank you for some exciting games and wonderful memories.
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