Andrew Marty keeps it in family


Andrew Marty keeps it in family

The Wyoming (Ohio) High School football teams is going to have another Marty at quarterback next season, and that’s a good thing. Will Marty led the Cowboys to an 8-2 record and a playoff berth this past season, setting many passing records at the Cincinnati school in the process.

Next season, Will’s cousin – Andrew Marty – is set to take over as the starting quarterback. “That’s the goal,” Andrew said.

And based on his performance as a freshman, stepping under center for Wyoming’s varsity team in 2014 looks to be a very attainable goal. Andrew Marty led the Cowboys’ JV team to a 5-2 record (5-0 in conference play), throwing 20 touchdown passes and running for seven more scores while winning MVP honors.

“At the beginning of the season, I wasn’t really sure of what to expect,” Marty said. “We were all right in eighth grade, about a .500 team. I was really proud of the team this year, our offensive line did a great job. I was just proud of our whole team. And I got some great coaching from my cousin Will. He was just awesome and he taught me a lot.”

Stepping up to varsity

With the varsity Cowboys averaging almost 40 points per game, Andrew Marty had plenty of opportunities to step up in class and play quarterback. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder played seven varsity games and was 10-for-17 passing for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns. Marty also ran 78 yards and another score.

“It was an awesome experience,” he said. “In two of the varsity games I played in, we went up big early and I actually got in during the second quarter and played the rest of the game. Our varsity offense was really good. I was so excited to get that varsity experience. It definitely boosted my confidence. The first game, I was really nervous. I was talking to Will and asking him, ‘OK, Will, what color is it in; what’s the look I’m getting?’ It was a lot of fun.”

It’s going to be really fun next season, when Will is playing college football and Andrew tries breaking his cousin’s numerous school records. “Getting varsity experience as a freshman was great,” Andrew said. “It’s really a faster pace. There is a lot more stuff to think about and process when you’re up there. I learned how to read the defenses, read the coverages and man pressures, a lot of things. My goal is to start for the varsity next season and I’ve already started lifting. On Dec. 9 I can work with the coaches again, do film work. And two days a week Will and I get up at 6 in the morning and go to school and do footwork stuff and other drills.”

Andrew Marty has also improved his QB skills by attending NFA camps since the summer before he entered sixth grade. “I went to the NFA camp in Nashville the first year, and I wasn’t really sure what the camp was all about and I got there and it was just an absolute awesome experience,” he said. “All of the fundamentals and the talk of 68 and breezy and just being a better person, a better human, a better man, it’s just awesome.”

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Scot Gregor is an award-winning sportswriter for the Chicago Daily Herald. In addition to writing about Big 10 and Notre Dame football, Gregor has also covered the White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and college basketball. He grew up in Pittsburgh and watched the Steelers rise to prominence in the 1970s. Gregor has a B.S. degree in Journalism from Ohio University