Tascione moving to quarterback for Polytech

New Polytech football coach Robert Mason talks with seniors Caleb Tascione (left) and D.J. Rawley (right). (Delaware State News/Ben Heck)

Once again the Polytech High football team will be quarterbacked by a Tascione.

He just has a different first name this year.

Caleb Tascione is moving from wide receiver to quarterback for his senior season. The Panthers opened up camp on Monday as the fall sport season officially started throughout the state.

Polytech’s previous quarterback was Tascione’s older brother Vincent, who is now at Delaware State.

Caleb Tascione thinks he’ll be ready to go based on what he’s learned from Vincent over the years.

“I picked up a few things, being his younger brother, just throwing the ball around with him in the backyard,” Tascione said. “I’ve been practicing with him and my dad, throwing around with them.”

Caleb Tascione originally was a quarterback for Polytech’s junior varsity squad as a freshman but shifted to wide receiver for the next two years when he was called up to varsity.

Not only do the Panthers have a new quarterback, they also have a new head coach.

Robert Mason took over the program in April. He said he was impressed with what he saw out of Tascione during summer workouts.

“He’s new to it again this year but man he’s grasped the position quickly,” Mason said. “He’s doing a great job.”

Another player the Panthers will rely on heavily this season is senior wide receiver and defensive back D.J. Rawley.

Rawley was a second team All-Henlopen Conference Northern Division honoree a year ago and said he hopes to be on the first team this season. He will line up mostly at slot receiver on offense.

Mason highlighted Rawley as another Panther who had an outstanding summer of preparation.

“He’s been playing lights out,” Mason said.

Rawley has been a versatile offensive player for Polytech over the years. Not only can he play slot receiver but the Panthers have used him in the backfield at times in the past.

“I just like having the ball in my hands,” Rawley said. “When I have the ball in my hands I feel like I’m a threat. I do love having the ball in my hands and trying to score.”

Both Rawley and Tascione are senior captains for Polytech this season.

Mason said their leadership roles will be key this year since the Panthers are expected to have a younger roster with a small senior class.

“You love to have quality seniors,” Mason said. “When you look at success around the league, you see quality seniors. We have a good group.”

Both players said how much they’re looking forward to mentoring younger players.

“I think it’s important to get those younger guys buying in,” Rawley said.

“I like that we are a young team,” Tascione said. “It means we have a lot of good habits to make instead of bad habits to break. I think we have some good juniors and sophomores coming up that can really held us out this year.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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