Schlosser leads Watkins Mill, Callahan rallies Northwest

October 8, 2012

Patrick Schlosser started eight games at quarterback as a junior for Watkins Mill last fall, but his most remarkable athletic accomplishments came during track season. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Schlosser won the 100-meter dash at the Montgomery County championship meet in 11.15 seconds, and then two weeks later, he captured the Maryland 3A discus title with a throw of 149 feet, 8 inches.

Schlosser, now a senior, showed how those skills translate over to the football field in Friday’s 48-22 win over Einstein. He threw for 162 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 149 yards and two more scores as the Wolverines (4-2, 2-1 Montgomery 3A) rolled past the Titans (3-3, 1-3) in Kensington.

Much of Schlosser’s success in the win came running variations of a waggle pass play that takes full advantage of his athleticism. The quarterback rolls out and can either fire a quick ball or keep it and try to make a play with his legs.

“In the beginning of the year, I think he might have been trying to force some throws,” Coach Kevin Watson said. “He didn’t really force anything in this game. He has the green light to run whenever he wants, and they gave him the lanes, so he just kind of went with it.”

On Friday, Schlosser directed three first-quarter scoring drives, and Watkins Mill pulled away with three more touchdowns in the final period, highlighted by freshman Jaron Woodyard’s 95-yard interception return score. The Wolverines finished with a season-high 48 points as they equaled their win total from last season.

Though Watkins Mill will be hard-pressed to challenge for a playoff berth in a loaded Maryland 3A West region that includes five teams with at least five wins so far, Schlosser has led the Wolverines into position to secure their first winning campaign in more than a decade. He also logs time at cornerback and handles the team’s punting and kicking duties. Watson said the do-everything standout plans to play at Cornell next season.

Callahan rallies Northwest

The pinnacle of Matty Callahan’s three-year stint as Northwest’s starting quarterback came at halftime on Friday night, with his team trailing Churchill 24-7. Since losing to Quince Orchard a few weeks ago, Northwest has self-inflicted pressure to win all of its remaining games in order to secure a playoff berth – and that goal was put in serious jeopardy in the first two quarters on Friday. Then Callahan did something about it.

Northwest stormed back in the second half, scoring 20 unanswered points, including a game-winning 11-yard touchdown throw from Callahan to Josh Gills with about four minutes remaining. It was the second consecutive week that the Jaguars (4-2) scored a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter with Callahan was the catalyst. He finished with 324 yards and two touchdowns against Churchill, which he called the “climax” of his career. Now the objective is to build on the production.

“All the experience is finally paying off,” Callahan said. “I’m starting to minimize some of the bad decisions I was making last year. As the weeks go on during the season, I’m making less and less bad decisions. Basically, [Churchill] was a big test for our team to see how much heart we had.”

Callahan has an 11-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio the last four games and he said he still wants to make better decisions in his final four games of the regular season. Going undefeated during that stretch will be predicated upon his ability to take care of the ball, and also feed Gills, who lines up at three positions on offense and has registered 257 yards of total offense and four touchdowns the past two weeks.

“Gills is crazy. Having him next to me is very beneficial, because it’s hard for teams to game-plan around the passing game,” Callahan said. :And then they not only have to worry about Gills in the passing game, but also Gills in the running game. We’re definitely aiming to win out. . . looking to make some noise. Expectations are high and the bar is set.”

Cougars rebound from first loss

After suffering its first loss of the season last week at Seneca Valley, No. 12 Quince Orchard rebounded with a 46-3 win over Whitman. The Cougars scored in all three phases of the game, including two touchdowns on special teams and one on a defense.

But perhaps the most important development in the game was the progress of Matt Choi, who was starting just his second game at quarterback after being converted from wide receiver in the wake of starter Mike Murtaugh’s season-ending knee injury three weeks ago. Choi accounted for 200 yards of total offense against Whitman and threw two touchdown passes in a game that was pivotal to his psyche.

“It’s a very hard transition. Sometimes I don’t make the right read, and sometimes I overthrow passes, to be honest,” Choi said. “The quarterback has so many things going on at one time. As receiver, basically you line up, check the coverage, and run the route. But at quarterback. . . you have cadence, you have to check the defense. I mean, it’s a very hard position. I have tons of respect for any quarterback that plays.”

Choi certainly has weapons around him to accelerate the learning curve. D’Andre Johnson registered over 200 yards of total offense against Whitman, scoring on a 68-yard touchdown reception and a 60-yard punt return in the first half Friday night. And the return of running back Tyrell Williams gives a banged-up Quince Orchard backfield new life; Williams scored a pair of 11-yard touchdowns on Friday night in limited action. Choi counts those players as a quarterback’s best friend, and Murtaugh has been attending practice every day to help teach Choi the nuances of playing under center.

“We’re really close,” said Choi. “He’s helped me out tremendously. He helps me out, do my reads, do my steps. . . he’s just like another coach.”

Kennedy gets first win

Kennedy recorded its first victory of the season, edging Northwood, 24-14 in a nonleague matchup on Friday night. Senior Adeon Patterson led the Cavaliers (1-5) with 93 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Patterson’s second score — a two-yard plunge — gave the visitors the lead for good in the fourth quarter, and junior Michael Scott’s 57-yard interception return for a touchdown sealed the victory over the Gladiators (1-5).

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