Maybe all the comparisons were wrong. Maybe it's Tim Moran that should be compared to Jim Marks, not the other way around.
When the West Genesee football team's 2008 season and state Class AA title defense began, the most overriding concern was whether Marks, a senior, could possibly duplicate what Moran did in his rise to legend in 2007.
The answer, to this point, has been quite emphatic.
In three games, Marks and his fellow Wildcats have accumulated 144 points, twice breaking the 50 mark -- including last Friday night's scintillating 51-34 conquest of Liverpool in front of more than 2,500 at Wildcat Stadium in Camillus.
Marks, as if to prove he could fare better than Moran, completed 15 of his 23 passing attempts for 176 yards, threw for four touchdowns and ran for another.
"The offense we have is getting better every year," said Marks. "Now, it's like a snowball effect, it just keeps rolling. It's fun to look up at the board and see all those points."
WG head coach Joe Corley said the key with Marks is that he has learned all the aspects of the game and handles them equally well.
"Jim is an all-around great quarterback," said Corley. "He's a hard worker, he's calm in the pocket and can pick a secondary apart. He's superb under pressure."
The only pressure involved in this game was to see how many points WG would require against a determined opponent in Liverpool, also 2-0 and possessing an awesome ground game with junior Greg Bell at the helm. The Warriors also had all of its players suspended for the Sept. 5 brawl at Baldwinsville back in the lineup -- but it would hardly matter.
Jake Fietkiewicz, arguably the game's MVP, used a 29-yard punt return to set up the Wildcats' first scoring drive, a short 31-yard jaunt capped off when Marks hit Joe Fazio from five yards out to give the Wildcats a 7-0 edge.