The Boys¿ Latin football team averaged 32 points per game last season and returns senior quarterback Logan Wisnauskas and a talented supporting cast. It's an area of strength for coach Ritchie Schell¿s team.
The Boys' Latin football team averaged 32 points per game last season and returns quarterback Logan Wisnauskas and a talented supporting cast. It's an area of strength for coach Ritchie Schell's team.
"We have arguably one of the best quarterbacks in the state," said Schell, whose Lakers were 6-3 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference. "And we have four wonderful receivers. They are really fast. We are really going to rely on our offense, and it should be quite good."
There is less certainty about the defense. The Lakers lost their starting linebackers to graduation, including Preston Waters, who had 18 sacks the last two years.
"As they mature, they will get better," Schell said of his defense.
The offense has that maturity in Wisnauskas, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior who will play for Syracuse University on a lacrosse scholarship. He passed for 15 touchdowns and 1,598 yards last year.
"He has a cannon for an arm," Schell said. "It's a Division I arm. He is the best quarterback we have ever had. We went to the Maryland (football) camp, and they think he is a Division I guy."
Wisnauskas' wide receivers include seniors Davey Lizana (6-3, 196) and Sam Bowen (5-11, 175) and juniors Greg Ey (5-11, 170) and Braden Atkinson (6-3, 180). Boys' Latin plays a spread offense.
Lizana had 33 receptions for 378 yards last season (Atkinson had 26 catches for 338 yards).
"He is a tremendous player," Schell said about Lizana. "He is going to Princeton or Cornell."
Running back Jerel Archer, who ran for 872 yards last year and is playing for Division II Stonehill College in Massachusetts this fall, graduated. Freshman Josh Pugh (5-6, 165) and Desmond Banks (5-9, 165) are the new faces at running back.
"They are very young and small, but they are very athletic and quick," Schell said. "Josh will have a little bit of a learning curve, but is real tough and has great vision."
The offensive line features senior guard M.J. Black (5-10, 225), senior center Max Keefe (5-10, 170), junior tackles Victor Dimukeje (6-2, 218), John Kunish (6-1, 240) and Ethan Norman (6-3, 240) and junior guard Alec Blume (6-0, 210).
Boys' Latin has an additional asset in senior punter-placekicker Dom Maggio (6-2, 160). The top-rated punter in the nation in the Class of 2016 will kick next fall at Wake Forest University on a football scholarship. He recently earned a spot as a punter in the Under Armour All-American game Jan. 2 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The defense that will use 4-4 alignment. The linebackers are Black, juniors Evan Gaines (5-8, 160), Brock Sassler (6-0, 200), Jake Schneider (6-1, 185) and Cooper Nalley (6-1, 185) and Keefe (5-10, 170) and Alex Frank (6-2, 185).
Senior Andrew Murrow (6-1, 195) and juniors Dimukeje and Blume are on the line.
Banks (5-6, 140), sophomore cornerback Rashawn Evans (5-8, 165), senior safety Sam Bowen (5-11, 160) and junior safety Koby Russell (5-9, 155) comprise the secondary.