The overall Maryland record is still held by former St. John’s Catholic Prep quarterback Keith Ricca, who threw for 515 yards in a 2003 game against Riverdale Baptist.
Reese’s eight touchdowns would be an overall Maryland record if confirmed.
Maryland high school quarterbacks have thrown for seven touchdowns seven times in the past decade, including Westminster’s Duke Etchison, who did so against Century earlier this season on Oct. 18.
To become official records, Reese’s stats will need to be confirmed on tape by Sheldon Shealer, a state records liason for the MPSSAA. Shealer has kept Maryland state football records since 1990.
Shealer said that if he can confirm the statistics, Reese’s numbers against Magruder will enter an updated MPSSAA record book that will be released just before the playoffs begin.
If the totals stand, Reese will have thrown for 2,465 yards and 33 touchdowns this season.
Reese did most of his damage against Magruder in the second half. The Colonels led 35-14 at halftime before the Rams offense exploded over the final two quarters.
“Everyone was still pretty calm [at the half],” Kenton said. “We all know that once the offense gets rolling, it usually stays rolling. It just took a little longer than expected.”
Sherwood rebounds after tough loss
Even after losing 42-7 to Quince Orchard on Oct. 18, even after Sherwood had lost control in the fourth quarter of that game, Warriors Coach Chris Grier looked his team in the face last week and made his message simple: making the playoffs would not depend on the outcome of that rivalry game, but on how the team would respond in the weeks after it. With a Montgomery 4A East showdown with division leader Paint Branch looming on Nov. 1, Sherwood still had to meet Blake, and a hangover would have been unacceptable.
“We have to keep progressing as a team,” Grier said. “The attitude [after the Quince Orchard loss] . . . probably the best it’s been all season. They see what’s on their plate. They see that they can, just about, control their own destiny.”
What Grier could accept was how his team performed Friday night against the Bengals, which marked a return to the consistent football that had put the Warriors in contention during the middle of October. Sherwood overcame an early deficit to beat Blake, 32-16, improving to 6-2 overall and 3-0 in Montgomery 4A East play. And with Paint Branch (7-1, 4-0) taking down Bethesda-Chevy Chase on Friday, the matchup this Friday will be a showdown for first place in the division with just one more game remaining.