They created those punt-pass-kick competitions years ago for athletes such as Scott Young.

“He could throw the ball, he could run the ball, he put a lot of pressure on defenses,” said former Steinert High School football coach Steve Simek of Young, who earned all-star fame as a punter and quarterback for the Spartans in the mid-to-later 1980s.

Scott also was all-state in the javelin as he earned 10 varsity letters (three in football and seven in winter and spring track) from 1984-88.

Thrust into the limelight, Young didn’t disappoint as an underclassman.

“He had to come in as a sophomore in a night game over in Hightstown (after the starting quarterback suffered a leg injury),” Simek remembered. “Another big challenge was his first start(ing assignment) was at (perennially tough) Notre Dame. It was a big game to put him in that situation and he handled it very well.

“He did a real nice job. He was fast, quick, and he had a good arm.

“He ended up playing three years for us. We had a 6-3 record, it was a successful season and he was a big part of that.

“And he was a very good javelin thrower.”

That’s putting it mildly as Scott was all-state in the javelin and set the school record for the event that he would continue to participate in at the College of William & Mary.

His football accolades included being the team MVP in 1986; a Walt Wilkinson Award winner, as the outstanding varsity player in 1987; and he was first recipient of a Richard Fornaro Memorial Award as a Thanksgiving Day Game MVP in ’87.

His track and field awards are equally impressive and include team MVP selections in the springs of 1987 and ’88. He was also recognized with Athlete of the Year honors by The Trentonian and the Trenton Knights of Columbus in 1988. He placed sixth in the state in the javelin in ’88.

He was a Hamilton Elks Senior 12 Award Winner in 1988 and his memories of his high school days are loaded with sports and camaraderie.

“The athletic awards and accomplishments are nice, but my greatest rewards are the life-long friends I gained along the way,” Young said.

He didn’t have to look very far to find reasons to try to excel. Some of it came from within and some of it also came from another source close to home.

“My twin brother Tom was the person who most influenced my athletic career,” Scott said. “We challenged each other made each other better.”

The Young twins made the Spartan teams better, too, including leading them to Mercer County and Central Jersey Group III championships in 1988.

A special day for Scott was “winning the Group III State Championship in the javelin on a Saturday and then rushing home for my Senior Prom that evening.”

A married father of two, he is currently a partner in the Ryan LLC tax-consulting firm. He enjoys golfing, the beach, and time with family.