Morgantown, West Virginia – Bloodied, injured, sick and exhausted, Nicco Marchiol led his Hamilton High team to one of the most fascinating, unexpected comebacks in recent high school history.
Down 24-7 with only 1 minute and 10 seconds remaining in the game, Marchiol willed his team to come back and win the game. Those watching the game live on national television were left in awe as Marchiol was barely able to stand up, was vomiting all over the field, and somehow managed to march his team down the field for touchdown drives.
Nicco Marchiol takes the snap, VOMITS in his backpedal, and delivers a TD pass to bring Hamilton to within one point. pic.twitter.com/F4yp1Id5L1
— Kyle Morgan CATAPULT Southwest Regional Scout (@KyleMorgan_XOS) September 18, 2021
He’s a tough kid,” Hamilton head coach Mike Zdebski said of Marchiol. “He knows how to finish. Most kids would have come out of the game. He’s a tough dude and he wasn’t going to come out.”
Marchiol is very special player. Not only is he a tremendous winner and have all of the natural abilities needed to be a very successful quarterback, at 6’2 220 pounds, he’s physically ready to step on a college football field right now.
While the quarterback situation will be murky and complicated next season with Jarret Doege, Garrett Greene and Will “Goose” Crowder scheduled to return, Nicco Marchiol could make things very easy for West Virginia head coach Neal Brown.
Doege and Crowder are considered pro-style, drop back passers and Greene is a dual threat quarterback. Marchiol has it all. He can drop back and throw bullets, or he can take off and do damage with his feet.
Marchiol’s quick release, exceptional pocket presence and ability to scramble will make him an instant star in Neal Brown’s offense from day one. His heart, grit, determination and will to win will make him a favorite of West Virginia fans all over the state for years to come.