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An­thony Maras­cio has al­ways had a nat­ur­al in­stinct to serve and pro­tect.

It’s a skill he de­veloped on the foot­ball field over the past 15 years — play­ing for Fath­er Judge High School and Ly­coming Col­lege — and now he’s tak­ing it to the streets.

A North­east nat­ive and seni­or crim­in­al-justice ma­jor at Ly­coming Col­lege, Maras­cio plans to pur­sue a ca­reer in law en­force­ment after gradu­ation.

“I’m hop­ing to go fed­er­al, be­come a U.S. mar­shal,” said Maras­cio, who is sched­uled to take a qual­i­fy­ing test next month for the Pennsylvania State Po­lice. “I don’t think I could sit be­hind a desk and do pa­per­work. I have to be out there and hands-on. I like to be put in situ­ations where you have to think on your feet.”

He cer­tainly has ex­per­i­ence do­ing that.

Maras­cio spear­headed the War­ri­ors’ foot­ball de­fense this sea­son, a unit that led the league in scor­ing de­fense, total de­fense, rush­ing de­fense, passing de­fense and turnover mar­gin. 

A 6-foot-2, 265-pound de­fens­ive end and team cap­tain, Maras­cio led his team in tackles (59) for the second con­sec­ut­ive sea­son.

He was named the Middle At­lantic Con­fer­ence De­fens­ive Play­er of the Year and re­ceived hon­ors re­cog­ni­tion from the on­line sports ser­vice d3­Foot­ball.com.

Most re­cently, though, his hero­ics on the grid­iron re­cently earned Maras­cio the Amer­ic­an Foot­ball Coaches As­so­ci­ation’s All-Amer­ic­an hon­ors. He is the sev­enth play­er in his school’s his­tory — and the first since 1999 — to earn the pres­ti­gi­ous title.

“I was happy. I was sur­prised,” said Maras­cio. “I think it’s a dir­ect re­flec­tion of my team­mates. I couldn’t be All-Amer­ic­an if I wasn’t sur­roun­ded by the play­ers and coaches that I had.

“I mean, when you can hold a team to un­der one-hun­dred yards week in and week out, you know you’re a suc­cess­ful team,” he ad­ded.

The War­ri­ors fin­ished the sea­son 8-2 over­all and 6-2 in the Middle At­lantic Con­fer­ence. The squad tied for second place in the MAC with Widen­er Uni­versity.

His re­cent All-Amer­ic­an hon­ors capped off a foot­ball ca­reer 15 years in the mak­ing for Maras­cio. He star­ted play­ing loc­ally for teams like Our Lady of Cal­vary and Liberty Bell, then moved on to Tom Coyle’s renowned foot­ball pro­gram at Fath­er Judge High School be­fore even­tu­ally join­ing the Ly­coming Col­lege War­ri­ors.

“In col­lege, you’re play­ing against bet­ter com­pet­i­tion. Every­one’s a little big­ger and stronger,” Maras­cio ex­plained. “I think Judge pre­pared me for that. It helped me grow as a lead­er be­ing cap­tain there (Judge) and it helped de­vel­op me as a play­er. It gets you ready for the next level foot­ball-wise and helped me de­vel­op my skills and abil­ity.”

In high school, Maras­cio was a two-time All-Cath­ol­ic se­lec­tion and earned All-City and All-State hon­ors his seni­or year.

Now 21, Maras­cio has grown a lot since his days play­ing for the Cru­saders. Back then, Maras­cio was about 220 pounds. Now he weighs 265.

“I grew a lot phys­ic­ally,” said Maras­cio. “I also grew lead­er­ship-wise — be­ing named cap­tain ju­ni­or and seni­or year. My ath­let­ic abil­ity was raised.”

A four-year starter and three-year All-Con­fer­ence play­er for the War­ri­ors, Maras­cio ends his ca­reer with 227 tackles and an over­all team re­cord of 25-16 (18-11 MAC).

“I love the com­pet­it­ive nature (of foot­ball). I have so many mo­ments, memor­ies, from play­ing,” said Maras­cio. “To com­pete against the guy across from you, know­ing that you worked harder and you can beat him. There’s a sat­is­fac­tion in that.

“It would be nice to keep play­ing,” he ad­ded, “but I’m go­ing to fo­cus on pur­su­ing a ca­reer in law en­force­ment now. I’ll stick to the books.” ••

 

End­Frag­ment

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