If Darwin "Shubby" Marquette had a nickel for every time he climbed the hill to Line Mountain High School after leaving his post as a laboratory supervisor at nearby Meckley's Limestone Products, well, let's just say he would have a lot of nickels.
It is always nice when attending a high school football game to see a school pay tribute to someone who has meant so much to the program.
Last Friday night at Glenn Ressler Field at Eagle Stadium, the coaches, players and fans honored a man who has poured his heart out for this team.
The occasion on this night: Shubby was honored for having coached young football players for 50 years.
In case you skimmed over that last part, I'll repeat it: FIFTY YEARS!
What made it more poignant, the organizers of the presentation were able to keep it a secret from the recipient.
"I had no idea," Marquette said this week.
But, when he walked out for warm-ups, he talked to his friend Al Lagerman Sr., who asked him if he had seen his picture. "He said there is a picture out there of you," Marquette noted.
Marquette walked over to purchase 50-50 tickets as he always does ("I still haven't won," he joked) and "they showed me my (Trevorton) high school senior picture."
But he still didn't know what was going on. He rarely looks at the program, but when the players came back out for their "Senior Night" presentation, the public address announcer told the crowd about Marquette's achievement and he was presented with the photo.
After the game, a 42-14 win over rival Upper Dauphin, there was a cake.
"It was real nice. My (step-son), Dan Zerbe, knew about it. He sent them the picture," he said.