Micheal DeCarmo has always had the athletic ability to be a great quarterback; it just took some time for him to put all of the puzzle pieces together.
The Sand Creek senior has been a work in progress for three years, and area defenses are starting to learn how dangerous he can be — with both his arm and feet.
The Scorpions are having perhaps their best season in school history at 5-1, and coach Rod Baker says his signal caller is a big reason.
"He started as a sophomore, last year he grew more as a quarterback and now he's able to throw the ball consistently," Baker said. "He has a real good feel for the things we do and it's nice to have a dual-threat guy. That always helps to keep the defense honest."
DeCarmo has put up big numbers through six games, passing for 948 yards, rushing for 709 yards and accounting for a combined 22 scores.
His most recent performance saw DeCarmo pass for 78 yards and three scores, while rushing for 273 yards and another touchdown in a 42-6 win over Air Academy.
"Sitting down with coach and going over plays this summer made me better and more comfortable with the offense," DeCarmo said. "I was able to connect with a lot of the players after practice and we focused on doing the little things right."
It's not just the gaudy stats that make DeCarmo one of the area's best football players, it's his leadership ability. That was never tested more than after a 31-7 loss to Falcon two weeks ago.
After starting 4-0 the Scorpions ran into an overpowering defense, but Sand Creek came back strong behind its quarterback the next week.
"The kids responded well after the Falcon game; we got back to the fundamentals," Baker said. "Mike is a good kid, does well in the classroom and is a polite young man. He has handled success very well and he's humble."
Baker knows a thing or two about coaching dynamic athletes. He has had several Division I players come through the pipeline — most recently Palmer's Dominic Rufran, who is now a big contributor at the University of Wyoming.
"I've been lucky to have a lot of different kinds of athletes, and Mike goes right up there with those guys athletically," Baker said. "Hopefully we're not anywhere near done yet, and we're waiting to see how the story plays out."
For now, DeCarmo is focused on improving the team's 5-1 record and moving up in the 4A Pikes Peak standings, where the Scorpions are tied for third.
"I'd love to play at the next level next year, but for right now I'm doing what the team needs me to do to win," DeCarmo said. "I can get bigger and better next summer and see what the future holds for me."
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