Boys Athlete of the Week: Christian DiPaola, Maryland Christian, football

The senior quarterback led Maryland Christian with six touchdowns in the two-game National HomeSchool Football tournament as the Saints repeated as national champions Saturday in Panama City, Fla. DiPaola, 6-feet-4, 224 pounds, scored the game-winning touchdown on a 7-yard run in the 14-7 rain-swept title-game victory over the Blue Angels from Dallas. In the semifinal, a 42-6 win over Lighthouse Christian from Missouri, he was 9-for-12 passing for 208 yards and five touchdowns. At middle linebacker, he made 17.5 tackles and had two interceptions in the two games. DiPaola led the Saints (10-3) to their third Mid-Atlantic Christian Conference title in four years the weekend before the national tournament.


Others considered: Nick Applegate, Marriotts Ridge, soccer; Mike Bell, St. Frances, football; Steve Everette, Edmondson, football; Kenny Faulcon, Aberdeen, football; Cyrus Jones, Gilman, football; Josh McPhearson, Annapolis Area Christian, football; Aaron Wells, River Hill, football.

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