Charger standout will play football at Kings College

Last fall, Carbondale Area’s Marino DePalma (6-2, 190) decided to return to the gridiron as a senior.

DePalma stepped away from the game his freshman, sophomore and junior years for a variety of reasons, including other interests and off the field injuries.

However, he finally returned to the game and became a focal point on both sides of the ball.

As DePalma graduates this week, he will look to continue his football exploits next fall at Kings College.

“One reason I decided to play college football is because I felt I have a an opportunity to gain back four years that I missed by not playing my first three years of high school,” he said.

“I really missed the game and the entire experience you have playing football.”

Long, Winding Road

After playing junior football throughout his younger days and playing junior high as an eighth grader, then experiencing some injuries as an avid snowboarder and on the baseball diamond, DePalma decided to play golf his first three years of high school.

“I was taken to the hospital as a snowboarder and baseball player, never as a football player,” said DePalma with a laugh.

While he enjoyed golf, DePalma wanted to return to football this past season.

“I just really missed it,” he noted. “I wanted to play one final time with all my friends. I regret not playing for three years. Football provides a special experience you don’t get with other sports.”

DePalma quickly adjusted in his return to pad popping. He led the Chargers in rushing (119 carries for 619 yards, seven TDs) and total yards (751, including 132 receiving yards on eight catches) and was one of the top tacklers as a linebacker

His play earned him First Team honors Lackawanna League D-III and selection to next month’s Scranton Lions Club Dream Game.

While he excelled on both sides of the ball, his favorite part of the game wasn’t on either side but rather the experience itself.

“The teamwork and closeness you develop with your teammates in striving for the same goal is my favorite part of the sport,” noted DePalma.

At Kings, DePalma will most likely play on the offensive side of the ball, possibly at receiver.

“I’m looking forward to the college experience, earning my degree and playing football,” said DePalma.

He reports to pre-season camp on August 13 changing his CA’s red and blue for the Monarchs’ red and gold.