Marcantel named 12Star Athlete of the Week

Lumberton's Brett Marcantel ran for three scores and threw for another in a 59-9 win over Hamshire-Fannett.

Lumberton senior quarterback Brett Marcantel has been waiting for his shot. In his first start things were going great until mother nature stepped in, wiping out the Raiders game with Porter. Finally in week two Marcantel exploded onto the scene piling up 166 yards rushing and three touchdowns, while also throwing for another score.

"I never look for a special night for me. I just look to get the win,” said Marcantel. “I guess after the first touchdown. The first, when we ran seven. I knew it was going to be good because it was great blocking on that play. And ever since that first play there's been great blocking the whole game."
Lumberton Head Coach Chris Babin knows a big reason for Marcantel’s solid play early on. "I think the one thing that pushed him to be as good as he can be at this point of the year is that he's got three other kids, three other Raider football players that were vying for that quarterback position. And they're all good players. So it was a great quarterback competition through two-a-days. And even though he was the player of the week and had four touchdowns and ran and threw and all that stuff, he's still competing. Cause if he don't play well in practice, he's not going to start."
Coming off labrum surgery the Raider signal caller had to work even harder in the offseason. His coach took notice. "He's one of those kids that puts the extra work in. Once he was able to throw he was out here every day with a receiver trying to make himself better."

For Marcantel it was a long road back to where he is now. "I was out of shape. My shoulder was weak and everything. I had to work everything. I couldn't play the last three games including the playoff game. I've missed it. I wanted to come back and start as quarterback and that's what I did."

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