John Paci's passes were sharp for the Blue Devils. (Darin Reed photo.)

Quarterback John Paul Paci Named to All-State Team

John Paci's passes were sharp for the Blue Devils. (Darin Reed photo.)

January 16, 2019

John P. Paci IV has followed in his father’s footsteps as the Huntington High School football team’s quarterback has been named All-State by the New York State Sportswriters’ Association.

Huntington senior John Paul Paci IV.
Huntington senior John Paul Paci IV.

The 6’1, 180 lb. senior recently signed an NCAA Division I national letter of intent to play football at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. “I’m honored to be named to the All-State football team,” Paci said.

The teenager’s father, John P. Paci III won Newsday’s Hansen Award in 1989, which is presented to Suffolk’s most outstanding player. He went on to be the starting quarterback of Indiana University’s Big 10 team for three seasons and later played in the NFL and NFL Europe. He is now an executive with Morgan Stanley.

After tearing his ACL midway through his junior season, Paci returned to the field better than ever this past fall. Behind an almost entirely new offensive line, the senior completed 74 of 126 passes for 1,251 and 12 touchdowns. He also rushed 23 times for 229 yards and a pair of touchdowns, mostly on broken plays that saw him make the best of the situation for Huntington.

Paci’s grandfather, John Paci Jr. coached in the Huntington football program for more than two decades. His uncle, Dr. James Paci was also a Blue Devil quarterback and he went on to play at Yale University.

“This is a well-deserved honor for JP,” said Steve Muller, the Huntington football team’s head coach. “He was a great leader for us and a wonderful quarterback. His work ethic and will to win are second to none. All of us are very proud of him.”

All-New York State Football Players from Huntington

Player Year Class Height Weight Position

John Paci IV

2018

12

6-1

180

QB

Troy Greene

2013

12

6-1

190

All-Purpose

Ben Kocis

2013

12

6-2

190

QB

Levar Butts

2013

12

5-8

205

LB

Trayvon Toney

2010

11

6-2

220

LB

Zach Howell

2006

12

6-1

175

QB

Shamel Bratton

2006

12

6-2

180

E

Rhamel Bratton

206

12

6-2

180

E

Zach Howell

2005

11

6-0

170

QB

Dominic Sair

2005

12

5-11

235

LB

Pierre Delva

2003

12

6-1

215

LB

Stephon Sair

2001

12

5-11

170

S

Curtis Williams

1999

12

6-3

185

DB

Paul Thompson

1999

12

6-6

290

OL

Rahmel Caleb

1997

12

5-11

220

RB

Dawid Rechul

1997

12

6-1

220

OL

John Paci III

1989

12

6-4

198

QB

Dawid Rechul

1997

12

6-1

220

OL

Darren Ward

1987

12

6-2

180

DB

Derek McCord

1997

12

6-4

200

QB

Sean Cooper

1983

12

6-0

183

E

Todd Jamison

1978

12

5-10

185

QB

Joe Puca

1976

12

6-0

190

RB

Mark Paar

1971

12

6-2

165

DB

Tony Fusaro

1965

12

6-2

225

OT/DT

All-State quarterback JP Paci was the Blue Devil football team's leader. (Darin Reed photo (2)
All-State quarterback JP Paci was the Blue Devil football team's leader. (Darin Reed photo)
Huntington quarterback John Paci IV garnered All-State honors as a senior. (Darin Reed photo.)
Huntington quarterback John Paci IV garnered All-State honors as a senior. (Darin Reed photo.)
John Paci IV with his uncle, James, grandfather, John Jr. and father, John Paci III at Blue Devil Stadium last fall.
John Paci IV with his uncle, James, grandfather, John Jr. and father, John Paci III at Blue Devil Stadium last fall.
Quarterback JP Paci celebrates a Huntington touchdown. (Darin Reed photo.)
Quarterback JP Paci celebrates a Huntington touchdown. (Darin Reed photo.)
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