There is a lot of passing going on at Stone Bridge these days, and it's not just on the field. Off of it, senior quarterback Sean Ryan and senior tight ends Brian Calloway and Ed Wang can't seem to pass compliments to one another fast enough.
"Really, they make me look good," said Ryan, in his first season starting for the 16th-ranked Bulldogs. "They do all the work. "
Countered Calloway: "I don't know why he says that. It's all him! You can't drop any of his passes because they're on point every time."
The truth lies somewhere in the middle. Ryan does throw a very accurate ball. He has a knack for leading receivers perfectly and is completing an AA Dulles District-best 66 percent of his attempts. But Calloway (6 feet 3) and Wang (6-6) certainly provide big targets and also have soft hands and great concentration.
"With the combination of the two it's really one of those things where it's a shock if you see a pass not completed," Stone Bridge Coach Mickey Thompson said.
Ryan, working in what was essentially two full games since the Bulldogs built big leads and did not attempt a pass in the second half of wins over Thomas Johnson or O'Connell, has completed 33 of 50 passes for 479 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. He has gone to one of his two tight ends 64 percent of the time, with Calloway collecting 15 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns and Wang (Virginia Tech) adding six receptions for 87 yards and one score.
Calloway has led Stone Bridge (3-0) in receiving each of the past two seasons, totaling 34 catches a year ago and 28 in 2002.
"They're so funny and so very unassuming," offensive coordinator Matt Griffis said. "Sean will put one way too low, and Calloway will snatch it and then come back to the huddle yelling 'Great throw!' Or Sean will say 'Great catch!' on one where all they had to do to make the play was open their eyes. It's too much."
The trio hopes to exchange plenty of those comments tonight against rival Park View, which is also 3-0. The Patriots are far and away the biggest team in the Dulles District -- they average 265 pounds on their offensive and defensive lines -- but no one in their secondary stands taller than 5-10.
"We're definitely planning to take advantage of our size against their cornerbacks," Wang said. "Hopefully we can just reach over them and keep going."
Directions: From the beltway, take the toll road west exit toward Dulles Airport. Take the Belmont Ridge Road exit. Keep right at the fork in the ramp. Merge onto Belmont Ridge. Turn right onto Hay Road. The school is on the left.