David Willis of The Eagle Tribune wrote a in-depth feature on Merrimack quarterback C.J. Scarpa in Wednesday’s paper.
Willis covered Scarpa’s entire career at Andover High School, where he was a record-setting quarterback his junior and senior seasons. Those records stood until last fall, when they were eclipsed by E.J. Perry IV, who is in the midst of his freshman season as a quarterback at Boston College.
Scarpa transferred to Merrimack in May, enrolling in graduate classes and is playing his redshirt senior (fifth year) season with the Warriors after one season as a redshirt at Elon (Division I-AA) and three seasons at Bentley. Scarpa saw starting time at Bentley the last two seasons.
The story focuses on Scarpa’s return to his hometown, and also his return to the spread offense.
“I always knew that I wanted to play football for as long as I could,” he said. “I love the game, and I already had a relationship with (Merrimack College head football coach) Dan Curran from high school. I liked him a lot and loved what he was telling me about the program.”
“I think this year will be a lot of fun,” said Scarpa, who has been running the offense with the starters in training camp, but says nothing has been decided on who will start Week 1. “I loved running the spread in high school, and it will be fun to throw the ball around and make plays. The guys on the team have been awesome and the coaches are very up-front with you.”