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Weequahic wide receiver Ihmir Marsette (left) looks up for ball thrown his way as Glen Ridge's Chris Harris (22) defends during fourth quarter of last Saturday's 46-3 Indians' win at Hurrell Field. Marsette made an over-the-shoulder catch for his third TD of the day on the hplay and he has the earned SC/360 Fitness Athlete of the Week honors. (Photos by Gene Nann-nannphoto)
Ihmir Marsette (6) falls back in end zone after making great over-the-shoulder TD catch
Weequahic's Ihmir Marsette (6) looks for daylight as he takes off on run vs. Glen Ridge
Ihmir Marsette takes off after making catch at his own 28 on the way to completing 94-yard TD pass play during second quarter for one of his 90-yard plus scores against Glen Ridge Oct. 15.
Weequahic Speedster Has Title In Mind
By Steve Tober
Ihmir Marsette knows all about what he has to continue to do in and out of the classroom as at Weequahic High School. After all, with Rutgers already offering a scholarship and Temple, Illinois and Georgia Southern perhaps not too far behind in the recruiting process, there are boundless possibilities for the Indians’ star senior wide receiver and cornerback.
“All has been going along very well and I know I simply have to continue to focus on what I have to do in terms of academics and football,” said Marsette, the gifted 6-foot-1, 170-pound speedster, who scored three touchdowns on a variety of breakway plays in leading undefeated Weequahic (6-0) to a resounding 46-3 victory at Glen Ridge in last Saturday’s (Oct. 15) North Jersey Super Football Conference-National Red Division contest.
For his efforts, Marsette is the Sideline Chatter/360 Fitness Athlete of the Week.
Weequahic improved to 6-0 with Friday night's 35-0 shutout win over visiting Cliffside Park at Untermann Field in Newark.
While he could just as easily be a collegiate track star with his tremendous showings in events such as the 110-meter high hurdles (13.97) where he emerged as the Emerging Elite section record holder this past June, Marsette simply loves the sport of football where he excels as one of the top pass catchers for quarterback Tymen Sampson and as a lockdown cover corner which is where Rutgers envisions him helping them some day on the defensive side of the ball.
With other colleges almost certain to get into the recruiting hunt over the next couple of months, Marsette appears to be taking his time in terms of making his decision prior to the national signing day in early February.
“Rutgers has offered me and we’re working on Temple,” said Marsette. “Plus, coach is hearing from other schools like Illinois as well.
“I’m not in a rush right now to make a decision and really want to concentrate on trying to lead Weequahic to a (North 2, Group 1) state championship!”
Marsette scored his first TD of the afternoon vs. Glen Ridge midway through the second when he hauled in a pass over the middle from Sampson at the 28 and then took off down the field untouched to complete a 94-yard TD pass play with 5:51 left in the second quarter as Weequahic took a commanding 24-3 lead into the locker room at the half.
“It was 3rd and long and my quarterback checked the play and saw me wide open in the middle of the field and delivered the ball to me,” explained Marsette. “He threw a nice ball, I caught it and finished a 94-yard play to the crib.”
The third quarter did not start out well for Glen Ridge as the opportunistic Marsette fielded the kickoff at his own 5 and bolted the rest of the way for a long kick return to pay dirt and a 30-3 advantage.
“I saw open daylight in the middle of the field, took one cut and then just took off,” continued Marsette. “I had one punt return for a touchdown last season and now I have a kick return for a score as well.”
Weequahic capped its scoring in the contest on a 33-yard TD pass play as Sampson threw a well-placed ball over the shoulder of Marsette who made a nice catch and fell in the left corner of the end zone as the Indians increased their lead to 46-3.
“That’s a play over the shoulder that is all about maintaining your focus and it’s something we work on in practice,” said Marsette. “It’s nice to be able to show how that hard work can pay off in a game.”
Weequahic entered this weekend first in terms of power points (76) in North 2, Group 1 according to gridironnewjersey.com and has to be considered the section favorite along with Brick City neighbor Shabazz (4-2), which is currently third (68 power points) behind Bound Brook (5-1, 74 power points). The two neighboring Newark schools meet in the annual ‘Soul Bowl’ on Thanksgiving Day and then – who knows – perhaps could also wind up hooking up in a N2G1 playoff contest.
“Shabazz is a great rivalry for us, but right now it’s all about taking things one game at a time and preparing for Cliffside Park (7 p.m., Friday night, at Untermann Field),” said Marsette. “We have a great group of guys on this team who have been playing together for three years now and all the chemistry we have is showing on the field where everyone has been doing their job.”
Whatever the future holds for Marsette, the prospects are promising based on a couple of critically important factors that bode well for a good life.
“Ihmir is a good kid all around and comes from a nice family,” said Weequahic head coach Brian Logan. “He is the type of young man who is constantly trying to achieve to the best of his ability and always with his teammates in mind.”
Student-Athletes selected for the Sideline Chatter/360 Fitness Athlete of the Week award receive a free speed and agility session at the state-of-the-art 360 facilities located at 25 Greenbrook Road in Fairfield. For more information on all the sessions available at 360, call 1-877-787-0360, ext. 1005 or log on to http://wwwnj360fitness.com
This Weekend’s Schedule Involving Essex County Teams (Pick To Win in Boldface):
Friday Night, Oct. 21:
East Side at North Bergen
Morristown at Livingston
Columbia at Randolph
Irvington at Belleville
Morris Knolls at Millburn
Madison at Central
Mountain Lakes at Caldwell
Cliffside Park at Weequahic (Untermann Field)
Cedar Grove at Pascack Hills
Verona at Butler
Saturday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. (unless otherwise noted):
DePaul at Seton Hall Prep (West Orange)
Kearny at Newark Collegiate (Schools Stadium)
Morris Catholic at Montclair Immaculate (Codey Field)
West Orange at Montclair
Bloomfield at East Orange Campus (Robeson Stadium)
Orange at Parsippany Hills
Chatham at Nutley
West Essex at Ferris
Shabazz at Glen Ridge (Hurrell Field)
MKA at Morristown-Beard, 6 p.m.
Byes: Barringer, West Side, Newark Academy
Record on Picks last week: 17-2. For the season: 76-23 (77 %)
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Weequahic's Ihmir Marsette takes off on 95-yard kickoff return to start third quarter in last Saturday's 46-3 win at Glen Ridge. The senior scored three TDs in contest.
Weequahic's Ihmir Marsette (6) gets up high in the air on pass play against Glen Ridge
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