The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Harold Raker

November 1, 2012

Harold Raker's column on high school football: Eagles honor a leader of young men


Marquette starred as a quarterback, running back and defensive back for Trevorton High School, and the Red Devils' biggest rival was Mahanoy Joint. The two schools merged in 1967 to become Line Mountain.

In his senior year, Marquette handed future Penn State and Baltimore Colts star lineman Ressler and the Bruins their lone defeat en route to the Twin Valley Conference championship. The next season, the Bruins, otherwise known as coach Clyde Miller's Mighty Mites, went undefeated and won the title.

Marquette's coaching career began as an assistant in the Trevorton midget program right out of high school in 1961. After one year, the head coach resigned and Marquette was asked to take over. He stayed in that position for about 25 years. From there, he joined head coach Harvey Boughner's staff with the Red Devils. Marquette joined the staff at the start of the jointure, first working with Joe DeAntona and coaching for every head coach since then, except for one season (2004) when Shawn Liotta was the head coach. Liotta left after one season, Marquette returned the next year and never left.

He served as the Eagles' head coach in 1997 after Mike Buriak Sr. left, but demoted himself back to assistant.

"The reason I gave it up, I didn't think it was fair to the kids, not being in the school with the kids. I saw an opportunity for a teacher to take over," he said.

Marquette, who turns 69 on Wednesday, also served as an assistant to former boys basketball head coach Lance Adams. He is not surprised to still be coaching football after all these years.

"I just like it. I guess there are times you think you should give it up, but the kids are good, so they keep me young," he said.

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