Senior quarterbacks take center stage for Northwest, Churchill
By Eric Detweiler and Roman Stubbs,
Game to watch: Northwest (3-2) at Churchill (4-1), Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Now Callahan is a four-year starter and one of the county’s most prolific passers, while Lee is in his first season directing Churchill’s run-first, triple-option attack. The senior signal-callers will be in the spotlight when their teams square off in a nonleague game on Friday night in Potomac.
“I don’t really worry about much — I’ve just got to go out there and run our triple,” Lee said. “That’s what we’re about.”
Northwest has alternated wins and losses this season and currently sits tied with Wootton (3-2) for third in the Maryland 4A West standings. Callahan ranks sixth in the area with 1,051 passing yards, and he’s also tossed 11 touchdowns, three of which came in last week’s 35-14 win over Clarksburg, and five interceptions.
Churchill bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 13-6 win at Gaithersburg on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs have averaged 25 points per game, but they need more consistency from Lee. Though the 5-foot-11, 183-pound quarterback has five rushing touchdowns and five passing scores, he’s also accounted for nine turnovers.
Lee, who started one game at quarterback last season but logged most of his game action at safety, said he’s feeling more comfortable running the offense in his first and last season as a high school starter under center.
“It’s special,” Lee said. “You have one more chance to make it to the playoffs and win states. There’s no excuse not to go out there and give it your all.”
Either Einstein (3-2, 1-2 Montgomery 3A) or Watkins Mill (3-2, 1-1) will equal their win total from last season with a win on Friday night when they meet in Kensington. Watkins Mill senior Dontay Hears – a two-way starter who has Division I FCS interest with an offer from Stony Brook – had four catches for 169 yards with two touchdowns in last week’s 40-0 win over Rockville. . . .
Two weeks ago, in a 24-10 win over Northwest, No. 13 Quince Orchard (4-1) experimented with a two-quarterback system in junior Tobin Pagley and senior Matt Choi, a former wide receiver that is run-first out of shotgun for the Cougars.
Choi took all the snaps in last week’s 12-9 loss to No. 7 Seneca Valley (5-0), mixing a steady dose of runs and passes to account for 117 yards of total offense. He looked like a capable starter, on a night when he was complemented by the return of running back Tyrell Williams, who overcame a nagging ankle injury to rush for 116 yards. Choi and Williams will get all they can handle this week against Whitman (2-3), which has pitched two shutouts this season and has only allowed one touchdown in the past three games...
Since opening the season with 83 points in two games, Paint Branch’s offense has sputtered since a 34-0 loss to Quince Orchard on September 14. Stephen Fickett replaced Gaston Cooper at quarterback last week and completed 8-of-23 throws for 123 yards and a touchdown. Connecticut signee Thomas Lucas has recorded just one catch in the last two games, and senior wide receiver Javonn Curry has just four catches in that stretch since returning from an injury suffered in the season opener.
Paint Branch, which has been penalized 22 times for 175 yards the last two weeks, will meet Bethesda Chevy-Chase Friday.
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