For three years George Baker hiked the ball to Riverdale Baptist quarterbacks. Now as a senior, the former center is on the other end of the exchange. It's an offensive lineman's dream and he is living his fantasy out in style as one of the most prolific passers in the area.
He wasn't switched to the backfield until the second game of the season, but once given the chance, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Baker has completed 107 of 191 passes for 1,494 yards and 22 touchdowns. He has thrown nine interceptions.
A three-sport star -- he plays baseball and basketball, too -- he is one of the few scholastic quarterbacks in the nation who lines up in shotgun formation every play and leads an offense that routinely features three and sometimes four wide receivers.
"I was looking for someone who could throw the ball well and George has been a dream come true," Coach Bill Edwards said. "He had the best arm on the team, so I figured why not give him a shot?
"We've also got some excellent receivers in Eddie Kutz, Ken Trinchitella, Andrew Neidhammer, Chris Burgess and Rick Parreco," said Edwards, whose team is 6-3. "I think it's difficult for a high school team to defense an opponent with receivers who run precise patterns and have good hands and a quarterback with a strong, accurate arm."
Pallotti won the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference soccer title last Wednesday with a 4-1 victory against Field. The Panthers, who finished 8-1 in league play and 10-4 overall, were led by strikers John Meere (27 goals, 14 assists) and Rick Mallett (15 goals, 13 assists). The PVAC postseason tournament finals will start at 3:30 today at St. Andrew's in Bethesda.
Next Friday will be the first day of winter sports practice. The first date for basketball, wrestling, indoor track and swimming contests will be Dec. 5 . . . Because of an ineligible transfer student, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase girls tennis team has had to forfeit 11 victories and a county divisional team title. Wootton was awarded the team title . . . Mount Hebron swingman Barry Young, Gonzaga guard Mark Tillmon and forward Perry Carter, DeMatha guard John Gwynn and forwards Steve Hood and Jerrod Mustaf, and Hammond forward Quinton Burton have been named to Street & Smith magazine's preseason scholastic basketball all-America team. Not surprisingly, DeMatha has been tapped as the nation's No. 1 team. Coolidge was picked No. 7, Flint Hill at No. 18 and St. Maria Gorretti of Hagerstown was selected No. 29.
After nine games, the Surrattsville and Whitman football teams are winless, while Bowie, McNamara and McDonough remain undefeated . . . Mike Bednarcik is the new girls basketball coach at Magruder, taking over from Dennis Love. Bednarcik will inherit a strong team led by preseason all-America Karen Vladlund . . . Billy Goodman has succeeded Mike Long as baseball coach at Seneca Valley.
If Georgetown Prep beats Bullis on Saturday, the Little Hoyas will win the Interstate Athletic Conference football title for the first time since 1970. Prep did not particpate in IAC football from 1971-1981.