Scavo, a Natural

Hornell quarterback Dominic Scavo sets the bar high in just his third year of football.

A typical Tuesday night for Dominic Scavo – doing homework and watching game film. Is it any wonder he leads such a prolific offense?

The junior quarterback pilots a Red Raider offense that has outscored their opponents 247-42 through five contests this season. Scavo has accounted for 327 passing yards and four touchdowns, completing about 62 percent of his passes.

“As a junior, I am really accepting the role as the offensive leader and getting my team focused each and every play,” Scavo said.”

Scavo’s completion rate tops the likes of Brett Favre, the quarterback of his favorite team, the Minnesota Vikings. However, 62 percent is not sufficient enough; he has higher expectations.

“It’s real important for me individually to complete around 70 percent of my passes and make every pass in the right spot to get my receivers room to get in the open field,” Scavo said.

In his sophomore campaign, Scavo completed just over 50 percent of his passes, compiling over 1,000 yards, 15 scores and five picks – not too shabby for just his second ever season playing football.

“Last year was actually my second year ever playing football. There is plenty of room to fix things up as I am still young and have a lot to learn,” Scavo said. “This year I feel like I’m definitely a smarter quarterback because I know the offense so much better in my second go around.”

Familiarity with the Hornell offense is not a concern with the signal caller. Scavo has developed close ties amongst his teammates off the field, especially his wide receivers and offensive linemen.

“It’s important to be close to all my team, especially the linemen and receivers, so we have a special bond on the field,” Scavo explained. “My main receivers are two of my best friends and we really try to do as much work as can in the offseason together. I think we are all on the same page and really know what each one of us are looking to do on each and every play.”

So far, so good for Scavo and his Red Raiders – an undefeated season and dynamic offensive play are pivotal to repeating as the New York state champions, a goal of Scavo’s. It also can’t hurt in making the case for Scavo as an elite quarterback.

Coachable, athletic and dedicated are just a few ways to describe the 6-3, 210-pounder. Last season, Scavo caught a touchdown pass on a trick play. When asked if he was capable of playing another position, he replied, “I’ll do anything to help the team I’m on.”

Scavo uses his size to keep defenses honest this season. He said he’s limited using his legs to designed quarterback rushes or when there are just no holes in the defense. In just over a dozen rushes, he has 48 yards and three scores.

At this point in the season, he’s already drew attention from Atlantic Coast Conference teams Maryland, Duke and North Carolina State, as well as nearby Syracuse.

“It’s been enjoyable. I have been asked to attend some games n meet some coaches and staff. Each school is really equally appealing to me. Each school is a great school with many promises,” he said of his contact.

The Terps emerged as an appealing option for the quarterback because of their consistent effort each and every year. And Scavo’s 3.7 GPA seems to match up well with what Maryland can offer academically.

“I think academics will play a huge role in my decision and I also know Maryland is a great school for students. I think that Maryland would provide me with the opportunity to get a good education and lead a successful career,” Scavo said, adding that he has an interest in pursuing a law degree.

Potential colleges are easily intrigued by what Scavo brings to the table – the strong arm, the size and dedication to his team. It’s also apparent that he’s a stand-up guy. Scavo enjoys the support he receives from his school on Friday nights, so he likes express his gratitude. Whenever he finds free time, you can always find him at school events, returning the favor.

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