Gabe Loube had never played organized football before he gave in to Patuxent Coach Steve Crounse's overtures to try out this season. Now, the 6-foot-2 junior wide receiver is one of the best deep threats in the area.

Loube, the Maryland 4A East region champion last spring in the 100 meters, is averaging an area-best 36.7 yards on 15 receptions, eight of which resulted in touchdowns. Six of those eight scoring catches have gone 47 yards or longer.

In last Saturday's 41-13 victory at La Plata, Loube caught five passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score, the second straight week he has done that.

"He's a Division I receiver," Crounse said. "I'm just trying to get people to buy into it."

Loube, who moved to the area from Boston last fall, preferred basketball and track. But Crounse convinced Loube that his combination of size and speed would not only help him thrive on the football field but also expand his college options.

"It was a yearlong project," Crounse said. "It's been a process [for him] learning the offense, but you can't coach that kind of speed."

-- Alan Goldenbach