Old Mill quarterback Grant Enders finished off a good junior season with a disappointing 24-13 loss at No. 6 Broadneck in the Class 4A East regional semifinals Friday. The No. 11 Patriots finished their season at 8-3, with the smooth and poised Enders leading the way.
Enders, 6 feet 3 and 190 pounds, completed 117 of 192 passes (.609 percentage) for 1,904 yards, 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His yardage is second in the county to the 2,292 by Arundel's Nick Elko.
Enders was rushed into a starting role at the end of last season - running a spread offense that featured four receivers - when three-year starter Kelian Stevens was injured.
Enders led the Patriots to an 18-12 victory over Arundel in last year's regional semifinals before they fell to Broadneck, 28-7, in the final.
Enders, who has a 3.3 grade point average and also plays lacrosse, hopes to play football in college.
How disappointing was last Friday's loss at Broadneck?
It was real disappointing because we didn't play our game, clearly. It didn't go our way. We had six turnovers, three of them on interceptions I threw. I felt really sad for our seniors, because for most of them, it was the last time they will play football.
How tough was the county this year?
It was very tough, very competitive. I'm not just talking about the top teams. It seems like there were a lot of good teams this year.
What are your thoughts on your season, individually?
I definitely think I can improve on my stats and take the team farther in the playoffs. I need to keep working hard on my TDs-to-interceptions ratio.
What summer camps do you attend?
The last three years I've gone to the DeMatha Camp, where I have worked with DeMatha's offensive coordinator, Chris Baucia. Coach Baucia has helped me a lot with my mechanics, and he likes my work ethic.
How big were you when you started playing at Old Mill as a freshman?
I was about 5-11 and 155 pounds. I focused on weight training, lifting real hard and eating a lot of protein. It definitely helped me, but I still need to get bigger and improve my footwork to play college football. I think I would love to play at Towson or Maryland. I want to stay local.
Who do you look up to?
My dad [Tim Enders]. He was a standout athlete at Southern High in Baltimore, playing football as a wide receiver-linebacker and baseball as a second baseman. He also played a year of semipro football before injuring an ankle. Then he was drafted into the Army and went to Germany.
Does your dad critique your games?
I get the game tape from my coaches, and we watch it together and my dad evaluates my play and what I can do to get better. At the games he's really into it, trying to help me.
Can you hear him from the stands?
Oh yeah. He gets right up against the fence at Old Mill behind our bench.
What will your college interests be?
In business and marketing. I would like to run my own business one day.
Do you have any brothers or sisters?
I have a sister, Heather, who played softball at Old Mill and graduated in 2005.
What kind of music do you like, and what do you have on your iPod?
I like all kinds from rap to country, and that's what I have on my iPod. I don't care for oldies and like the newer stuff.
What's your favorite thing on TV?
ESPN SportsCenter, and I love to watch college football. I prefer college to the NFL because the players are not playing for the money. The pros are making the big money.
Who is your favorite player?
Peyton Manning. I love how he takes over a game and calls his own plays. His commercials are pretty funny.