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High school football 2011: Tyler Quigley steps in for Michael Nebrich at Lake Braddock

Gaithersburg senior Lincoln Reyes steps in for departed All-Met Zack Fetters. (Mark Gail/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Tyler Quigley stood in the hallway outside the office of the Lake Braddock football coaches, his voice barely a whisper as the senior talked about pressure.

Beyond taking over as the signal caller for the two-time defending Virginia AAA Division 6 Northern Region champions, Quigley is charged with a mightier task — replacing All-Met Player of the Year Michael Nebrich, who set a Virginia single-season record with 4,968 all-purpose yards, passed for 38 touchdowns and ran for another 21 on his way to signing with Connecticut.

Yet Quigley was calm.

“I’m not Michael Nebrich, I’m not going to play like Michael Nebrich,” Quigley said. “I’m going to play like myself. I don’t look to put added pressure on myself.”

With his quiet demeanor, Quigley already demonstrated a distinction from the vocal Nebrich. He’s not the only quarterback in the area replacing a celebrated passer.

● At Osbourn, senior Robert Carter and junior Conner Lane are in a battle to take over for All-Met Dominique Terrell (Virginia).

● At Gonzaga, it will be one of two juniors, Connor Ennis or Chris Schultz, to replace All-Met Kevin Hogan (Stanford).

● At Gaithersburg, which was led last season by All-Met Zack Fetters (William & Mary), senior Lincoln Reyes will step in.

Damascus, which loses All-Met Connor Frazier (Towson), will turn to sophomore Chase Williams.

The replacements are not going to be the same as their predecessors, Lake Braddock Coach Jim Poythress said, and that’s okay.

“It takes 11 on each side of the ball every single play operating as a unit,” Poythress said. “He just needs to run the offense that’s all he needs to do.”

— Paul Tenorio



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