When Westminster's Kevin Clancy, The Sun's All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year, suits up for Division II Shepherd next season, it won't just be with the expectation of holding a clipboard.
The strong-armed senior believes he has a chance to be the West Virginia team's primary backup quarterback as a freshman, with an eye on the starting job the year after.
"[The coach] basically said that if I do everything right, I should be starting [as a sophomore]," Clancy said. "I'll just try my best and see if I can maybe at least start a couple games this year."
Those are lofty expectations for your average incoming freshman, but Clancy is anything but average.
Last season, Clancy completed 187 of 344 passes for 3,335 yards and 38 touchdowns, and also rushed for 15 touchdowns. He helped the Owls (12-2) average around 40 points a game and advance to the Class 3A state championship game.
He also threw for more than 6,000 yards in his high school career - nearly 2,000 more than any other Carroll County quarterback. By most accounts, only his 6-foot-1 frame, considered small for a pocket passer, kept some of the larger schools from knocking on his door.
Clancy had been ready to sign with Division I-AA La Salle until coach Phil Longo resigned in late February. Instead, he chose to join Owls teammate Ryan Payne, an All-County wide receiver who had already committed to the Rams.
Shepherd coach Monte Cater he was thrilled by the turn of events.
"He's a winner, and I think that's what you want in a quarterback," Cater said. "Our whole staff really believes that this is somebody who would be a leader and be able to get you there. I think we would like to do some different things, and Kevin can do some of those things."
Much like the Owls, the Rams last season featured a high-powered offense, averaging 35 points and 347 yards of total offense a game in finishing their regular season unbeaten for the first time since 1955. The team's roster includes linebacker Todd Edmondson (Westminster), defensive back Layton Hersh (Francis Scott Key) and linebacker Aaron Bell (South Carroll).
Though the Rams featured six underclassmen quarterbacks last season, including five freshmen or redshirt freshmen, Cater said Clancy could compete for the team's top backup spot right away.
"I think he's got a real good future," Cater said. "I'm most excited about spring [practice] a year from now, because I think there's going to be a very competitive position at that quarterback spot."
Senior basketball standouts from across the county recently had one last chance to take the court for their schools in the Senior All-Star Games at Century.
In the boys game, Century's Bennett Foelber and Liberty's Jason Smith each scored 17 points to lead the South squad to an 82-63 win over the North. North Carroll's Taylor Bosley also scored 17 in a losing effort.
For the girls, Francis Scott Key and Winters Mill beat their counterparts from Century, North Carroll, South Carroll and Westminster, 55-39. The Falcons' Allie Drechsler, The Sun's County Player of the Year, scored 12, as did teammate Staci Taylor.
Proceeds from the event will be used to help Walkersville boys coach Bruce Zimmerman's daughter, who has leukemia.