They didn’t talk about Scarcelli’s performance in the game even though he had scored five touchdowns.
After they arrived home, they didn’t watch the game tape together even though Scarcelli had rushed for 270 yards.
“We try to get away from football at home. I don’t break down film with him, and we don’t talk about football when we drive home after a game,” said Tony Scarcelli, who is Anthony’s father and the head coach at Marine City.
He has been a football coach since 1983. When Anthony was born, he set a target date to retire from coaching when his son was a senior.
The time has arrived. Father and son are going out in style.
Marine City has been the top-ranked Division 4 team in the Associated Press poll all season. It took a 12-0 record into the state semifinals, with Anthony leading the way.
In the first 12 games, he rushed for 1,701 yards, 31 touchdowns and a 10.3 average. He also scored five TDs on receptions, had 50 tackles and two interceptions and averaged 44.8 yards on kickoff returns.
Scarcelli, who has scored 37 touchdowns overall, has been chosen as the Division 3-4 Player of the Year on the AP All-State team selected by a panel of writers from around the state.
“Anthony has speed and size. He can run over people or away from them,” said his father, who has a 78-8 record in seven years as the head coach at Marine City.
Coaching a son can be a delicate situation, but the Scarcelli family has handled it well.
Scarcelli is a 6-foot, 190-pounder who has been timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40. He committed to Central Michigan in May.
Joining Scarcelli in the All-State backfield are Saylor LaVallii of Mason, who scored 80 career TDs; David Drummond of East Grand Rapids, who ran for 1,549 yards; and Marquis Thomas of Detroit Crockett, who had 18 runs of 80 yards or more.
The quarterbacks are Austin Young of Escanaba, who ran or passed for 33 touchdowns, and Rob White of Grosse Ile, who helped carry his team to the state semifinals.
Austin Kaiser of Stevensville Lakeshore and Drake Harris of Grand Rapids Christian each topped the 1,000-yard mark in receiving, and Eric Wilson of Redford Thurston was close behind.
Joshua Nicolaisen of Battle Creek Pennfield and Kelby Latta of Battle Creek Harper Creek are unanimous choices among the linemen. They are joined by Paul Baker of Zeeland East, Robert Cuba of Grand Rapids Christian, Riley Norman of Cadillac and Drake Miller of Sturgis.
Josh Blanton of Zeeland West was chosen as a linebacker after making more than 350 tackles in his three-year career. Spencer Moran of Mount Pleasant, Kavon Frazier of Grand Rapids Christian, James Ross of Orchard Lake St. Mary and Connor Holbrook of Mason round out the linebackers.
Juniors DeAndre Grady of East Grand Rapids and Desmond King of Detroit Crockett were chosen as defensive backs along with Peter Gonzalez of Plainwell.
Jesse Boulnemour of Vicksburg, who booted nine field goals, is the placekicker and Dustin Lee of Mount Pleasant was chosen as the punter.
The specialist is Kevin Vicari of Grand Rapids Catholic Central, who sparkled as a rusher, receiver and defender.
Steve Zurek, who went 8-3 at Sparta after the team was 1-8 a year ago, was named Coach of the Year.