Great at football? Thank basketball

Posted on 05. Nov, 2017 by in Christian school in Santa Monica, football, LCA News, varsity football


Photo credit: Xiovana Moraida

By Garrett Lahood, LCA sophomore —

His grandpa played in the NFL. His muscle-bound dad was also a football freak. But it was basketball that made Marcus Scribner great at football.

Yes, basketball.

As the Lighthouse Christian Academy trounced Bellarmine-Jefferson High School 50-28 on Oct. 28, Marcus again showed the fancy footwork that has made him one of the most feared running back in the league. With the game, LCA ended its season with two wins and cemented Scribner’s reputation. Marcus lives the legacy of his family and his older brothers Nate and Zach, who both played for LCA.


A diving touchdown. Photo credit: Xiovana Moraida

Photo credit: Xiovana Moraida

But while Marcus is thoroughbred for pigskin, he says it was basketball that best prepared him for the stunning dashes down field in which he stutter-steps, side-steps, sashays and slips past the quixotic tacklers. Latin dance experts say they’ve seen him throw in some Salsa step. It’s just a blur to me. But as the 200-pound bodies are raining down on him, he dodges them.

“Basketball teaches you to have a good vision of the field, to find openings and gaps among your opponents,” Marcus said.

When the opponents finally manage to get a hold of the slippery sophomore, he’s got the physical toughness to absorb the collision. He gets up, shakes off the dust and gives it another go on the next down. He rarely makes a short run.


Get ready for a blur of steps. Photo credit: Xiovana Moraida

Photo credit: Xiovana Moraida

Due to injury, he only played five games, during which he ran for 750 yards with 80 carries, averaging 9.5 yards per carry. He was named 1st Team All-League.

Naturally, Marcus is a brilliant asset for Lighthouse, which relies mostly on sticky-fingered receivers to move the ball. He diversifies the Saints attacking options.

“We have a very incomplete team without him,” said teammate Hosea Ashcraft, a sophomore.


Photo credit: Xiovana Moraida

How Marcus came to the school is an amazing story because he used to live in Utah.

His dad, Josh Scribner, pastored a church for 12 years in Salt Lake City. There in nature’s paradise, he hiked during the summer and romped in the snow during winter. His dad had been an avid surfer, but there’s no waves in Utah. And when it gets cold, there’s not much for sports that doesn’t involve careening down a slope at bone-breaking speeds.

So Marcus turned to an indoor sport, basketball.


Photo credit: Xiovana Moraida

In the gym he could get scratched the itch to play competitively.

Even though he wasn’t the tallest on the court, Marcus excelled at basketball.

He learned to dribble, shoot, pass and run plays. He learned to make his sneakers squeak on defense. He learned to hustle up court and back down court.


Photo credit: Xiovana Moraida

Because of his height, he wasn’t one for shooting over the skyscrapers. Instead, he learned to juke past them with fast feints, catching opponents off balance.

That was what has made him great in varsity football.

Of course, it wasn’t the only thing. He could pick the brains of his relatives for football wisdom. He trained every day for two hours in the gym with his dad. He did 200 pushups every morning and every night. He played Pop Warner until he was 11.

Yeah, he worked hard because he was passionate about football.

So when Marcus came to Santa Monica two years ago with his dad, who became assistant pastor at the Lighthouse Church, the future of Saints football suddenly looked brighter.

Unfortunately, in his freshman year, Marcus got injured and sat our most of the season. His sophomore season also saw him sidelined for weeks.

But when he healed, he was unstoppable.


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