John Carroll's Kurt Rawlings had one goal in mind when he started the season: leading the Patriots to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship. Along the way, he turned in one of the best seasons in state history. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound dual-threat quarterback broke Harford County and MIAA single-season records for touchdown passes with 52.

John Carroll's Kurt Rawlings had one goal in mind when he started the season: leading the Patriots to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship. Along the way, he turned in one of the best seasons in state history.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound dual-threat quarterback broke Harford County and MIAA single-season records for touchdown passes with 52. That ranks him fourth all-time in Maryland.

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In leading the No. 8 Patriots to a 12-0 finish, including victories over A Conference opponents Loyola Blakefield and Calvert Hall, and the B Conference championship, Rawlings completed 72.8 percent of his passes, second best in state history, His 3,438 passing yards rank fourth.

Rawlings, who has a 4.0 unweighted GPA, will play next year at Yale. Today, he will play in the Maryland Crab Bowl at McDaniel College in Westminster.

This fall, his quarterback rating was a whopping 149.7.

Rawlings gives a lot of credit to his receivers — Ky'el Hemby, Alex Rasmussen, Josh Payne-White and Niko Rice — but he put most of his passes right in their hands.

"He has great touch," said John Carroll coach Keith Rawlings, Kurt's father. "I don't think he overthrows the ball. I see a lot of quarterbacks throw the ball very hard. I think he has average speed on the ball but he's exceptional with his touch. He puts the ball in the spot where it needs to be all the time."

Rawlings completed 193 of 265 passes with only three interceptions. Averaging 286.5 passing yards per game, he threw at least four touchdowns in nine games. He had six by halftime against St. Paul's. Six times the Patriots were so far ahead by the third quarter that he left the game.

While his passing ability overshadowed everything else, Rawlings could use his feet to do more than just extend plays. He carried the ball 85 times for 760 yards and had four rushing touchdowns. He also punted and had a 37-yard average, but his offense was so efficient that he punted only seven times.

He started the season by throwing for 300 yards four touchdown passes in a 35-18 win over Loyola Blakefield. The next week, he threw for 329 yards and four more touchdowns to beat a second straight A Conference team, Calvert Hall, 28-21.

"He's dynamic," Calvert Hall coach Donald Davis said. "He extends plays. He's in full command of their offense and his timing and his relationship with his receivers is unbelievable. Those guys had a chemistry that's just unbelievable."

Against Easton he had about as perfect a game as a quarterback could have. In the 42-14 road win, he went 14-for-14 for 311 yards with five touchdown passes and no interceptions. His completion rate also exceeded 80 percent in three other games.

In the B Conference title game, a 35-27 win over defending champion Archbishop Curley, Rawlings threw four touchdown passes including two to start the game 14-0 and the Patriots never trailed.

"Kurt's ability to extend a play under pressure while remaining poised and composed in critical situations to always find the open receiver made him one of the most versatile and exciting players in our league," Curley coach Sean Murphy said. "His natural athleticism coupled with his passing skill set made it extremely challenging trying to defend him and their offense."

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