The City and Poly football teams won’t meet until the last game of the regular season, but their quarterbacks – City’s Troy Robinson and Poly’s Eric White – will match skills Sunday night in the Ravens' high school Quarterback Challenge.
At halftime of the Ravens game with New England, Robinson and White will see who can throw the longest completed pass. Each quarterback gets two chances and both aim to best the 47-yard completion thrown in last week’s first challenge by Gilman’s Shane Cockerille edging the 46 yarder thrown by Calvert Hall’s Colar Kuhns.
The Quarterback Challenge, which will be staged at each Ravens’ home game, pits some of the area’s biggest rivals against each other. None is bigger than City-Poly.
Each quarterback brings two receivers with him. Robinson will throw to Deion Petty and Cameron Drummond. White will aim for Quinton Norfleet and Teire Simpson.
“I am more pumped because it's Poly,” Robinson said. “It’s like a little teaser for our game. We get pumped up for everything against Poly. It’s such a rivalry.”
White looks forward to getting a look at his rival before the big game.
“I think it’s more exciting that it’s City,” White said, “because I get to see if I can be better than him or if we have the same level. I can get a look at the competition and I’m looking forward to the chance to perform in front of a big crowd.”
In addition to the challenge, both quarterbacks are looking forward to seeing the Ravens game.
“I’d like to see Tom Brady play,” Robinson said, “beause he’s one of the quarterbacks ever and I’m looking forward just to the rematch of New England and Baltimore.”
White isn’t all that enamored of Brady. He’s a Michael Vick fan.
“I like how he can run out of the pocket and throw downfield. I’m an Eagles fan,” said White, who is still looking forward to only the second Ravens game he's been to.
The next time Robinson and White step out on the M&T Bank Stadium turf, they will face each other in the 124th meeting between the two programs. The game is set for Nov. 3 at noon.
At the end of the season, the quarterback who has thrown the longest competed pass will win new Under Armour jerseys for his football team. Each week’s winner receivers a $500 Under Armour gift certificate his athletic department and all the quarterbacks receive autographed Ravens footballs.
The schedule for the rest of the season’s Ravens’ home games:
Thursday, Sept. 27: Perry Hall vs. Parkville
Sunday, Oct. 10: Severna Park vs. Broadneck
Sunday, Nov. 11: Manchester Valley vs. Century
Sunday, Dec. 2: Allegany vs. Fort Hill
Sunday, Dec. 16: Aberdeen vs. Perryville
Sunday, Dec. 23: Snow Hill vs. Stephen Decatur