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.”
Quince Orchard senior Marcus Newby is the leader of a tough Quince Orchard defense. He is considered one of the area’s best linebackers. He will play at Nebraska next year.
A coveted recruit at linebacker, Briar Woods’ Matt Rolin is headed to his dream school at the University of South Carolina. He was recently selected to play in the 2013 Under Armour All-American game.
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).