St. Paul’s Anthony Pino won the first round of the St. Paul’s-Boys’ Latin showdown Sunday when he threw the only completed pass in the Ravens’ Quarterback Challenge at halftime of the Ravens-Texans game at M&T; Bank Stadium.
Pino hit Hunter Pearl with a 46-yard pass to win this week's long-toss competition against his Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference rival, Freddy Bopst, who did not complete either of his throws.
"It was nerve racking," Pino said, "but it was pretty cool going out there when they were getting set up for Ray (Lewis’ induction it the Ring of Honor).”
Each quarterback threw twice – Pino for Pearl and Tre Hamer and Bopst for Nick Gesualdi and Tal Bruno.
"Freddy’s first ball slipped out of his hand," Pino said. "I felt so bad for him. Then we dropped my first pass. Then Freddy overthrew his receiver and I was the last one. I just had to complete it, so I didn’t throw too far. I just let (Pearl) get down about 45 yards and he caught it."
Pino, who has guided the No. 9 Crusaders to 15 straight wins including last season's B Conference title, will face Bopst again on Nov. 1 when the teams play each other for the 60th time in one of the area's longest high school football rivalries.
Both players, who started their careers playing on Bel Air Rec Council teams and have a friendly rivalry, had looked forward not just to the Quarterback Challenge but to seeing Lewis' induction and Ed Reed's return to Baltimore.
"Everything was fantastic," Pino said. "Just getting called out there and competing it, was a pretty fun day in general. The (Ravens’ 30-9) win didn’t hurt."