While most of the attention goes to the fast Class 4A County High School Football League, have you noticed what Severn School and its junior quarterback, Brad Fowler have been doing?
Fowler has led the Admirals to an overall 3-2 record, tossing his eighth touchdown pass of the season Friday in a 27-14 victory over Southwestern of Baltimorein Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference action.
The eight touchdown passes by the Admirals' quarterback tie him for third in the metro area, but what's more impressive is that Fowlerhas thrown only one interception in 75 passes, an incredible record for a high school player. The interception came Friday in the victoryover Southwestern.
"It came on a tipped pass," said first-year head coach Jim Doyle. "I think that's amazing to go that long before throwing an interception."
Fowler has completed 34 of 75, which means he hits his receiver about 45 percent of the time -- another very good figure for the high school level. The 34 completions have totaled590 yards. All his passing stats -- attempts, completions, yardage -- are tops in the county.
And his numbers compare favorably to thebest numbers in the metro area. Jesse DeBord of Kenwood in BaltimoreCounty has the most touchdown passes (11) followed by Brian VanDeusen of Atholton High in Howard County (9). Towson's Tim Burke, also a junior, is tied with Fowler for third place with eight touchdown passes.
However, no one is close to the Admiral signal-caller when it comes to just one interception in 75 attempts. It's that kind of number, and the fact that Fowler is 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds with a football heredity, that will surely draw college scouts his way. No questionthis kid has the size, arm, poise and leadership qualities it takes to develop into a pretty good college prospect.
But Fowler may be an even better basketball player. He has started the first two years of his high school hoop career for the Admirals, also coached by Doyle, and is a talent beyond his years.
Much of Fowler's development must be attributed to his father, Wayne, an ex-NFL player. Wayne Fowler is one of the top five players to ever come out of Anne Arundel. His days as a star lineman at Glen Burnie under Joe Papetti led to a career in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills.
While Brad takes the snapfrom center, his father used to be the guy hiking the pigskin back to the quarterback. Wayne is about 6-foot-5 and was also a standout football and basketball player in high school.
As a center for the Bills, Wayne was part of that famed offensive front that opened gapingholes for O.J. Simpson when the latter ran for 2,003 yards in 1973.
Wayne toiled in the unsung interior lineman's role, while Brad is playing the skilled and glory position of quarterback, but both with the same results. It's a contrast of gaining attention.
While Wayne caught the scout's eyes because of his huge frame and knack for bone crunching blocks and hits, Brad throws the ball with marksmanship.
Friday, in the win at Southwestern over the Sabres, Fowler hit on 8 of 14 passes for 124 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown pass iced the game.
With the Admirals clinging to a 20-14 lead in the fourth period, Fowler hit Andrew Webb with a 6-yard touchdown pass and Brian Kight booted the extra point to give Severn a commanding 13-point lead.
The victory left the Admirals tied for first in the MSA C Conference with arch-rival St. Mary's of Annapolis. The Saints romped35-14 over Archbishop Spalding Saturday night leaving both teams at 2-0 in league play.
Severn's only defeats have been in non-league contests; to Bishop Walsh of Cumberland, 29-14, and Southern of Harwood, 27-23.
The Admirals shared the league crown with St. Mary's and St. Paul's last year, but hope to win it outright this season. Ironically, the Admirals' final two games of the season are home vs. St. Paul's (Oct. 26) and at Anne Arundel Community College vs. St. Mary's(Nov. 2).
"We are fortunate to come away from there with a win," said Doyle after his team defeated the Sabres.
It was Southwestern's first loss (1-1) and the Sabres were in the running for the top spot last year before the Admirals buried them 45-6 in the final game.
Doyle was an assistant under Doug Williams, but when Williams moved on to Catoctin, Frederick County, Doyle became head coach.
The Admirals are young but experienced with underclassmen Fowler, flanker/back Jake Mack and split-end Chris Pitkin at skill positions. All three are juniors.
Mack ran two times for 32 yards, caught four Fowler aerials for another 75 yards, and flipped a 9-yard touchdown pass to Webb. The four receptions gave the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Mack 14 on the season for 271 yards while Pitkin has grabbed nine passes.
Lining that trio up with seniors like running back Jason Wade, who carried 15 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns against Southwestern, and you've got a winning blend.