He knew it as soon as he launched it.

Vince Micucci threw a handful of passes for the Quakertown High School football team last season as a second-year backup to Will Steich (now playing Widener), but this one was different.

It was his first pitch as a starting quarterback for Quakertown, in the team’s first game, at home against Southern Lehigh, and he knew what the outcome would be.

“It was a misread on my part and their guy was there to intercept it,” Micucci recently said with a smile. “It wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do, but I just had to try to forget about it and move on.

“Things got better and I was just happy that I could help the team win.”

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Things did indeed improve as Micucci ended up throwing for 184 yards and a pair of touchdowns in what turned out to be a 42-28 win.

One advantage, in this case, that Micucci has that few other quarterbacks have is that he also plays defensive back.

So instead of sitting on the sidelines dwelling on the pick, he was back on the pitch on the other side of the ball trying to stop the Spartans.

“It often helps me because I also play defense,” Micucci said. “You can’t worry about that because you have to focus on what you’re doing on the pitch.

“I have time, especially at half-time, to go over things with the coaches, but I like being on the pitch as much as possible.”

He didn’t see nearly as much ground last year, but still played a wide receiver/defensive back/quarterback role on a Panthers team that won a school-record 13 games and moved to the PIAA District One Class 6A. semi-finals.

“Last year was a lot of fun and we had so many good players and a lot of leaders,” Micucci said. “But most of these guys have graduated and it’s kind of like a new team this season.

“We have guys in the squad who played last year, but only two who were full-time starters. So the new guys get used to things and learn very quickly.”

Quakertown junior quarterback Vince Micucci threw two touchdown passes in the Panthers' opening night win over Southern Lehigh.

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Unlike Steich, who was a three-year starter and primarily a pocket passer, Micucci gives the Panthers offense a different ride.

“Vince came onto the court last year because he’s such a good athlete,” Quakertown head coach George Banas said. “He fought for the quarterback position this season and won it. It’s hard to replace a player like Will, who played three years for us, but Vince will do well.

“After that first pitch against Southern Lehigh, he really settled in and played well. He’s a dynamic player who can also use his feet to hurt you. And he’s a really good safety too.”

Micucci is used to this quarterback thing considering he started playing football and quarterbacking at the age of 5 for the Quakertown Midget Football Association.

“A lot of guys on the team grew up playing QMFA and I was always a quarterback even back then,” said Micucci, who also plays basketball. “It’s part of everything. I’ve been to Quakertown High School games my whole life and loved it.

“To be a part of it now, with guys I grew up playing football with, at the high school level, is really, really fun.”

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Drew Markol:dmarkol@theintell.com; @dmarkol