Despite a driving rain storm and a stiff wind during Saturday's Section VI non-league football game between Niagara-Wheatfield and Starpoint, Spartans statisticians Mark Mariglia and Doug Abel were there to record every fumble along the way.

With a full press box, the pair was relegated to an open-ended box, which they were grateful for.

Mariglia, 32 and a graduate of LaSalle High School, said that he would have been there regardless of the weather though.

"It's a free ticket to a football game," the seventh-year statistician said. "My brother Matt is the modified football and baseball coach at the school, so I want to support what he's doing too."

Abel, 30 and graduate of Niagara Falls High School, replaced Matt Mariglia when he took the modified football job three years ago. Both said they obviously prefer better weather, but the rain would not affect their volunteer job. If they couldn't get all the stats they needed because of the inclement weather, they'd use the game film for assistance, according to Mariglia.

He also said that after the game he usually eats dinner and sits down to healthy dose of carries, tackles and field goals on his computer, while keeping an eye on the marquee college football games of the night. Saturday’s game stats are usually inputted and sent out to the coaching staff by the end of the night, in preparation for Sunday and Monday’s film sessions.

Nevertheless, both enjoy their job and are rewarded for their work with countless Starpoint hats, shirts, sweatshirts and jackets, which are very appreciated according to the duo.

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