Two Manchester seniors sign on to play Division 1 football
By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Thu., Feb. 7, 2013
Two seniors have made school history at Manchester High School. Both Andrew Isaacs and Marquis Little have earned football scholarships at Division 1 colleges, marking the first time two athletes have received such an honor in the same year.
Isaacs, a tight end and linebacker, will be going to the University of Maryland. Little, who was the starting quarterback last season but is projected to be a linebacker in college, will be going to Boston College. At a ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 6 – national signing day – the two seniors signed their letters of intent to attend their respective colleges in the Bailey Auditorium at MHS.
While both are accomplished athletes, school staff used the opportunity to commend the seniors on their character. “When I tell people about this – they read about you in the paper, they see it on the television – what I tell them every time is, ‘They’re better people than they are football players,’” said MHS Athletic Director Lindsey Boutilier. “They’re awesome leaders, they’re awesome kids. They’re exactly what you want in a student athlete.”
Thanking God and family, Little showed his appreciation for those who helped him along the way. “I also want to thank my coaches for pushing me to succeed, on and off the field,” Little said.
Isaacs also expressed his gratitude, especially for the aunt who took him into her own home. “Without her, you wouldn’t see Drew right now,” he said. “She’s a major part of my life.”
“[Thank you] everyone for being here. Obviously without everybody in this room, there is no way in the world that I would be signing my national letter of intent to play for a prestigious university like Maryland,” Isaacs said.
“I remember when they were freshmen, and there’s something as a coach you need to look for,” said head football coach Marco Pizzoferrato. “They got to this opportunity because of how they were prepared in their lives before they got here.” He attributed their success to their strong, supportive families, and pointed out that when both were freshmen, they were on the honor roll and committed to lifting in the weight room. That’s when he told them that if they stay on the path they were on, they’d have a future playing football at a Division 1 school.
“What you’ve done with your career here and what you’ve done for this program has been impressive. Complete gratitude on my part to you, because you did what you needed to do to be successful, and because of you, you’ve made me successful,” said Pizzoferrato. “You’re going to be sorely missed, and you’ve done a great job.”