The Marinelli Missives - #2

Chris Marinelli projects as an offensive tackle in college given his supersized frame, but he has been used by his high school at tight end. After a second loss for his BC High Eagles, though, Marinelli makes a case for some changes. In this week's report, the 6'7" Cardinal commit goes inside his school's offense and the facelift they are about to undergo...

After another disappointing late game loss to Massachusetts powerhouse Bridgewater-Raynham last Friday afternoon, it appears as if it's "back to the drawing board". This game, like the first, featured stellar defense on our behalf with only one or two breakdowns the entire game. These breakdowns added up to a total of 13 points, which were seven more than our offense could muster. A combination of poor interior blocking, bad passes, mediocre routes, and just overall exhaustion, added up to another lackluster performance which now leaves our record at 0-2.

Aside from the negatives, this game also gave us some great experience for which to learn by. Contrary to college and the pros, high school football players don't necessary have set positions. Instead, a high school football team features a cluster of athletes; granted, some are a lot bigger than others. With the fact being so, high school coaches hold the power to shuffle players wherever they desire to better their squad. And while standing at 0-2, it seems as if some shuffling would not be the most horrific idea for the BC High Eagles.

Breaking in a new quarterback has always been a lengthy and arduous process, especially when this signal caller is a Division I college recruit at wide receiver and has no prior experience quarterback. Either way, we took on the task, thus depleting our receiving corps. Junior quarterback Jack Shields (6'5" 220 lbs) has started both games for BC High so far. But he saw split time during the second game, due to some critical mistakes down the line. Another junior, Mike Pecca (6'3" 210 lbs), filled in well, racking in all six points we scored and moving the ball well the entire game. Shields revealed he is not as comfortable at QB, and seeing how he has started at WR since his freshman year, why should he be? When all is said and done, a new QB takes the reigns and a monster of a receiver returns home to life outside the hash marks. From there on, we worked our way out.

The blocking in this game was nothing short of disgraceful. One reason for this could have been an early injury to junior right tackle Jim O'Donnell (6'6" 300 lbs). This injury set pace for major remodeling on the offense. At BC High it is a known fact that the most stacked position this year is undoubtedly the tight end. With myself at first string, senior Joe Sheehan (6'3" 185 lbs) the starting strongside defensive end at second string, and senior James McCann (6'3" 220 lbs) the starting weakside defensive tackle at third string, there alone exists three capable starters with game experience. At 6'7" 285 lbs, a future offensive tackle at Stanford in less than a year, I was obviously moving down. My coach approached me yesterday at our film and running session to tell me that due to O'Donnell's injury I would be going back to where most say I belong. I responded that wherever the team needs me is where I will gladly go. Plus the move will be valuable experience for the future. I plain and simply just love mashing people; it's what football is all about.

With a new and improved offensive line, a slightly faster, and more agile tight end, and a brand new quarterback, we look to be nothing short of a force from here on out. The run game will undoubtedly flourish, the receivers are bigger and stronger than their opponents, and the quarterback will feature a sense of confidence in leading his team to battle. Look for a number change on my jersey to go from 85 to somewhere in the 70's. Also, look for a different BC High next week, one with a new philosophy, a new goal, and a W in their record.

Being a team is about going where you are most needed. Being so, it appears I've caught my last ball, and I'm destined for a life in the trenches. Sounds depressing doesn't it? Hell no! There's going to be some defensive linemen in Massachusetts who wish I were still a skill player, because after the game their heads will still be ringing. Read up next week, when the BC High Eagles begin their run towards a Division I Super Bowl.

Chris Marinelli is a 6'7" offensive tackle recruit in the 2005 class who verbally committed to Stanford in July.  He is writing a weekly series this fall to deliver Cardinal fans insight into the triumphs and travails of his senior season at Boston College High School.


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