4A All-Idaho: Skyview QB ‘breaks through’

Special to the StatesmanDecember 15, 2013 

Skyview's Anthony Marin

DARIN OSWALD — doswald@idahostatesman.com

WHY HE IS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Anthony Marin’s 2013 numbers — more than 3,000 yards passing and 41 total touchdowns — would be commendable over a 16-game NFL schedule.

In 12 high school games, Marin’s stats border on ridiculous. But the Skyview senior’s impact reaches far beyond PlayStation numbers, and that’s why “Tony Football” was voted the 4A All-Idaho Player of the Year.

Skyview has a tradition of winning and strong QB play, but Marin took both to new heights. The senior led the Hawks to their first state title game, where they lost an epic 42-34 contest to Bishop Kelly. Along the way, Marin set virtually every career and single-season Skyview passing record.

At 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, Marin isn’t physically imposing. But he was one of Idaho’s most polished, cerebral quarterbacks during his two years as a starter, mastering the intricacies of Skyview’s up-tempo spread offense and displaying a knack for staying one step ahead of defenses. He exploited man coverage, picked apart zones and used his quick feet to extend plays and scramble for key yards.

Skyview’s mantra for 2013 was “Break Through.” And with Marin at the controls, the Hawks enjoyed the most successful season in program history.

JUST THE STATISTICS

• 212 completions, 316 attempts, 3,153 yards passing, 39 TDs, 6 interceptions

• 317 yards rushing, two TDs

WHAT COACHES ARE SAYING

• “Anthony was the main cog in our offensive machine. He had a huge year statistically. … His understanding of our offense and opposing defenses were his strengths that led to huge numbers.” — David Young, Skyview

• “For a coach, the ace in the hole is having a quarterback who can create. You’re not always going to call the right play, but having a kid like Anthony who is going to make the right play, that’ll win a lot of games.” — Lee Leslie, Kuna

WHAT’S NEXT

Marin is considering college football options. He has been offered a scholarship to Mesa Community College in Arizona.

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