Century junior quarterback Collin Ende said he was watching game film at home Thursday night until he fell asleep.
Such is the life of a first-time varsity quarterback. He's watching, learning and experiencing.
So far, the results have been positive.
Ende threw for 216 yards and two touchdowns in Century's 42-15 win over North Hagerstown on Friday night. He also rushed for 52 yards and two touchdowns. He did not throw an interception for the second consecutive game.
After an offseason competition to replace the graduated Adam Lanni, Ende emerged with the starting job in Week 2. The Knights are 2-0 in those starts, both against Washington County foes.
"After practices, he's always asking 'what did you see' and 'how can I get better,'" Century coach Jim Holzman said. "That's a good sign."
Ende's 35-yard touchdown pass to Century's Jake Lettierre on fourth down gave the Knights a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. Ende added a 4-yard touchdown run that gave Century (2-1) a 14-8 lead early in the second.
He also had a 19-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Perrone (5 catches, 70 yards) and an 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to secure victory. Perrone is now second in Century's program history in touchdown catches.
This was a second consecutive strong performance for Ende. In last week's 42-13 win over Williamsport, Ende had one of the most productive weeks of any quarterback in the state.
He threw for 239 yards and four touchdowns. Only Arundel High's Ryan Sedgwick had more touchdown passes in the state that week with six.
Other than that, the Knights kept the Hubs in check. Senior Alex Klein had a second quarter sack that halted a North Hagerstown drive. When Klein reached the sideline, he enthusiastically discussed the play with his teammates.
Perrone, tasked with covering leading North Hargerstown leading receiver Ravaughn Dilliard, held his own. On back-to-back third quarter plays, Perrone shut down attempts to hit Dilliard on deep passes. Ashley Roberts had a fourth quarter fumble recovery for Century.
Jack Akers had a sack and a forced fumble in the fourth quarter as well.
"Other than that one [first-quarter] hiccup, I think we executed in tackling, we executed in man coverage and zone coverage," Perrone said.
Century junior Stephen Shinholt has emerged as the primary running back for the Knights. He had 91 yards and two touchdowns.
Last week, he had 94 rushing yards against Williamsport. Shinholt was running primarily behind senior captains Sam Rothstein and Christian Bergamaschi, along with Camden Hebert, Ryan Pickrel, and Jack King.
As for Ende, he is wearing uniform No. 12, worn by several Century quarterbacks in the past, including Lanni, a varsity starter who led the Knights to a 6-4 record and a player Ende admired.