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Scott transfers back to North

September 14, 2004|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

Marcus Scott is resolved to be the very best at the things he can control.

Give him the football. Let him run into the line. Let him get to the hole. And let him gain yardage and score touchdowns.

Even in the unpredictable game of football, Scott can plot his course. But when it comes to where he lives, where he goes to school and what team he's playing for, there is nothing the sophomore can do except accepting what he's told and giving it his best.

Scott's school year and football season took another turn on Monday as he transferred and re-enrolled at North Hagerstown, just one month after leaving the Hubs to attend Martinsburg. The in-season change was the product of a change of residency.

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"I was living with my father and now I have to live with my mother," Scott said Monday after his day of school and his first practice with the Hubs. "I don't know. ... It's crazy. This is my third move in a year and a different school again. I worry more about school. At least we were only a couple of weeks in. It's not like I was well in and had to start all over."

Scott had been one of the prime running backs for Martinsburg this season. In fact, he played last Friday in the Bulldogs' 42-17 win over Westminster and scored a touchdown.

But last week, everything else around him was starting to change. Scott's father, Mark, approached North Hagerstown school officials and asked to start the process to transfer his son.

"We didn't know anything about it until his dad came in," North principal Robert Myers said. "We had no dialogue with him when he was at Martinsburg."

Scott, who played in North's Class 2A quarterfinal playoff game against South Carroll as a freshman last year, was projected to be one of the Hubs' threats for the coming season. But when his father moved to West Virginia, he ended up in Martinsburg's backfield.

In essence, he is transferring from the top-ranked team in The Herald-Mail's Super Seven to the third-rated team. The move disrupts everything - football, school, social life - for Scott, who admits he will have to take a step back to regroup.

"It's going to take me a week to get used to things here again," Scott said. "They run a lot different offense than Martinsburg. Martinsburg was working out of the shotgun and here it's more of a Wing-T. I was having an easier time working out of the shotgun."

Scott will have to work to earn his time with the Hubs, which will be like starting over.

"He's got to work his way back into the lineup," North coach Dan Cunningham said. "The kids here are open minded and they will welcome him back. You can't penalize a kid when these kinds of things happen. He is familiar with the system and he has a lot of talent. He can spell us in some different spots."

Myers said Scott is immediately eligible to play for North because he is in good standing academically. "He can't take someone else's uniform, but (Cunningham) will have to decide where he should be and if he can play," he said.

The only eligibility hurdle is that Scott is only allowed to play 10 regular-season games in a season. He has already played three in Martinsburg, which started its season a week earlier than North. Scott will have to sit out one of North's remaining eight games. The question is if it will be the first - Friday's game at Frederick - or if Cunningham and the school can choose which game for Scott to sit out.

For Martinsburg, Scott's departure changes the complexion of the Bulldogs some, but coach David Walker says the team will adjust.

"I can only worry about the kids that I have, not the ones I don't," Walker said. "He's a great kid and I wish him well wherever he ends up. Without Marcus, we lose a little depth, but he was sharing time with another kid and that kid will now get more time. I can't dwell on it. I have to look at it like he suffered a season-ending injury and we don't have him."

For Scott, football seemed to be the least of his worries on Monday. He was trying to cope with the issues away from the football field.

"I'm worried about the schoolwork because now I will have different teachers and the scoring system is a lot different," Scott said. "It was a lot tougher over there."

He seemed more bothered about how all the changes and moving has affected his relationships with other players.

"There are some guys here who are still mad because I moved," Scott said. "These guys here, I grew up with most of them. I didn't choose to leave. I liked Martinsburg a lot. I didn't grow up with those guys, but they took me in. But then family problems made it so I had to come back. I didn't want to leave.

"I liked playing at North and I loved Martinsburg. The only difference between the two is Martinsburg has its own stadium and a lot more people come to watch them play. I always loved red and black (North's school colors). I'll just do what ever I can and do the best I can."

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