Is Glenelg's sophomore quarterback Beau Pich legit?
Beau doesn't know. Or he won't say.
Pich, a left-handed sophomore with one year of organized football under his belt, has passed for 446 yards and five touchdowns in three games.
At that rate, over a 30-game career he would pass for a county-record 4,380 yards. He's currently the third-leading passer in the Baltimore area.
Are his eye-popping stats simply a product of his environment -- a protective line, sure-handed receivers and a coaching staff that believes in throwing 20 times per game?
Or is Pich a superb natural talent?
The answer is probably a combination of all of the above.
Hammond coach Joe Russo, whose team is Glenelg's homecoming opponent Saturday, thinks it is too soon to judge Pich.
"He's accurate. He runs the offense well. And he doesn't get rattled," Russo said. "We've seen him throw some nice deep passes, but he doesn't have that real zip on the ball, and he has had a lot of time to throw -- a tribute to his line. If he does well against us, Wilde Lake and Oakland Mills then we'll know he's legit."
Matt McQuigg, Frank Brosenne, Dave Boteler, Ryan Riel, Paul Marick, Kevin Ferguson, Dan Garland and Jeremy Lignelli have allowed Pich to be sacked only once while he's completed 33 of 58 passes.
Receivers Doug Gasch (13 catches, 187 yards, three touchdowns) and Steve Dulaney (nine catches, 95 yards, one touchdown) lead a corps of pass catchers who have dropped two balls.
"My offensive line has been my savior," said Pich.
"Beau is a loose, easy-going jokester who masters everything he attempts," said first-year varsity Glenelg coach Steve Martinec, who specializes in coaching offense.
Martinec, 27, played on Glenelg's last county championship team in 1985. Last season he was the junior varsity coach. So he's familiar with Pich, who was the junior varsity quarterback.
Quarterback was listed as a possible team weakness in Martinec's preseason evaluation. Pich threw only two touchdown passes on junior varsity -- both in the last game of the season. He battled with Dulaney and finally won the varsity quarterback position.
"I decided that whichever quarterback moved the ball best in our scrimmages would get the job, but neither one moved the ball," Martinec said.
"So I went with Beau because he was the more natural drop-back quarterback and had played it on junior varsity. Steve could play both wide receiver and defensive back and could help the team more by doing that."
Glenelg returned only four starters, had a new head coach and new quarterback and wasn't expected to win many games.
"Everyone thought this was going to be an iffy season," said Dulaney, who caught 17 passes last season despite missing four games with a dislocated kneecap.
Martinec said, "I should be scared with a sophomore quarterback, but I'm not."
Pich has thrown two interceptions and rushed for two touchdowns.
His best sport is lacrosse, which he hopes to play at a Division I level.