By Steve Maves
Photos by Jill Villnow
August 10, 2017
Amherst – The line of successful quarterbacks that has come through the Amherst football program since Mark Lusic took the head coaching job seven years ago continues to grow each and every year with no signs of letting up.
Lusic’s coaching career has seen quarterbacks Chris Zblewski (2010-2012), Garrett Groshek (2013-2015), and Brandon Piotrowski (2016) all win state championships. This year he will have yet another leader behind center, senior quarterback Marcus Glodowski.
Glodowski a year ago played quarterback, running back and even caught some passes for the Falcon offense along with collecting 20 tackles and intercepting three passes on defense.
In the game where Marcus played quarterback, he threw 14-22 for 160 yards and three touchdowns. As a running back, he finished with 45 carries with 293 yards and scored four touchdowns. Receiving he caught 29 passes for 388 yards and four touchdowns.
Marcus has been playing football for as long as he can remember and is looking forward to cherishing every moment of his senior season.
“He (coach Lusic) has told us we’re it and this is our last year,” Glodowski said. “We have to go out there everyday and don’t waste it.”
Not wasting his senior year has been a priority for Marcus. Coach Lusic is more than confident in Marcus after the offseason work he put in.
“I’ve got a ton of faith in him… we are going to put the offense on his shoulders,” said Lusic. “He’s got some pieces around him that we’ve got to find that aren’t all there yet.”
One of those pieces that Marcus will go to this season is senior running back Chandler Benn who has played with Marcus his whole life. Benn ran for over 1,000 yards a year ago and, much like coach Lusic, has a ton of confidence in Glodowski.
“He’s really taken over really well,” Benn said. “I have 100% faith in him that he’s going to do good.”
The work ethic of Marcus has been an emphasis and has opened eyes on the coaching staff, especially coach Lusic who instructs the quarterbacks daily at practice.
“He’s a hell of an athlete,” Lusic said. “He’s been working hard and has been throwing all off-season.”
The week after the state championship win against Cedar-Grove Belgium in 2016, Marcus was scheduling out days to get his running backs and receivers into the gym and out on the field to start throwing for the 2017 season.
“He’s been putting in the work for close to a year now,” Benn said. “He’s been working on his throwing you can see the progression… He has made leaps and bounds from where he was at the beginning.”
Each of the last three starting quarterbacks that have come through Amherst have all won a state championship. Zblewski/ Caleb Glennon (Glennon played quarterback in state game after Zblewski got injured in game before, 2012 gold trophy), Groshek (2014 silver trophy, 2015 gold trophy), Piotrowski (2016 gold trophy).
Though the pressure is on Glodowski to lead his team to Madison, he doesn’t worry about past teams and stays focused on how he can help his team win games. Even after the first week of practice he has seen big improvements on the offensive side of the ball with everyone including himself.
“We are getting a lot better blocking; receivers are running their routes a lot better, I’m being able to complete passes finally,” Glowodski said.
When asked who he looks to for help or answers on the position as a varsity quarterback he said he looks back to Garrett Groshek who was one of the best dual-threat quarterback in state history.
“I’ve probably learned the most from Garrett,” Glodowski said.
He mentioned that Brandon Piotrowski did a great job a year ago, but he couldn’t really take it in because he was on the field at the same time as Piotrowksi.
Marcus has the pleasure of working with Lusic, a former quarterback himself, throughout the season and believes that the system that the coaching staff has put together a system that will benefit him this season.
“I am 100% confident. I know Lusic is going to put us in a place that we can be successful and he put me at quarterback,” Glodowski said chuckling.
The pressure of senior season is always hard in any high school sport, but with the confidence from your head coach, entire team, entire school, and entire town especially the size of Amherst everyone will be rooting for the success of the new Amherst quarterback #3 Marcus Glodowski.
“We are expected to be a good team,” Glodowski said. “We are just coming in every day trying to work and get to those expectations and be the best that we can.”
You can catch Marcus Glodowski and the Amherst Falcons for their first game on August 18 at home against Omro.