Unlike many of his Lincoln football teammates who are used to playing annually for the San Francisco Section championship, Deshon Marman will be a Turkey Bowl novice when his team squares off against Washington for The City title today.
While the Mustangs were winning back-to-back City championships, Marman was suiting up for Riordan, where his brother John currently plays. After deciding to transfer to Lincoln for his junior year, Marman wants a part of the championship glory that his teammates have been fortunate enough to taste twice already.
“I’m going to be stoked,” Marman said. “This is what you play all season for, to get to the Turkey Bowl. I want to be part of this dynasty and make sure I do everything I can to help us get that third championship.”
Lining up as an outside linebacker and defensive end, Marman has been a revelation this year for the Mustangs’ defense, which has surrendered an average of just 13 points per game in seven meetings against league opponents.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Marman has collected seven sacks and picked up 86 tackles for the Mustangs, who have won seven straight. Marman has three games this season where he put up 10 or more tackles, including a 17-tackle effort in the Mustangs’ big 49-28 victory over Lowell on Nov. 2.
“Deshon can do everything for us,” Lincoln defensive coordinator Tom Daley said. “His speed, instincts and athletic ability set him apart from most players. He has so much natural talent and feel for the game, we just kind of stay out of the way and let him make plays.”
Marman’s versatility was on display last week in the Mustangs’ 20-0 win over Mission in the semifinal of the San Francisco Section playoffs. Along with picking up five tackles and putting constant pressure on Mission’s quarterbacks, Marman blocked a punt on special teams and recovered a fumble for Lincoln.
The shutout over Mission marked Lincoln’s first of the season, which began with much uncertainty, as the team started 1-3 while Marman adjusted to the different
Now, with the Mustangs set to vie for a third straight City title, their slow start is a distant memory and Marman says his comfort level has never been higher at his new school.
“Everyone has embraced me here,” said Marman, who also lines up at wide receiver for the Mustangs. “We’re a family here. All the players are like brothers, and coach [Phil Ferrigno] is the father.”