A year ago, diminutive Kevin Healy was a third-string quarterback watching 6-foot-7 Sean Ryan rewrite the Broadneck record book.
As Ryan masterfully directed the Bruins' run-and-shoot offense with more than 2,000 yards passing, Healy took notes.
Ryan has graduated and is pitching in the Texas Rangers' minor-league system.
Last night in Cape St. Claire, Healy produced the same results as Ryan, completing 16 of 26 for 256 yards, two touchdowns and running for another as the Class 3A Bruins opened with a 20-0 victory over 4A Old Mill.
Healy, the starting center fielder on the Bruins baseball team, watched Ryan closely last fall and then attended a couple summer passing camps to get ready for this season.
"The job was there and I battled [junior] Gerry Case for it and in the first scrimmage, I played well," said Healy. "It felt good to get off to a start like this."
Healy marched the Bruins into the end zone on their first possession, hitting returning All-Metro receiver Jason Smith (eight receptions, 158 yards, two touchdowns) on a 33-yard scoring pass to cap a four-play, 74-yard drive.
His first pass was a 21-yarder to Dave Paz. Corey Lewis followed with a 16-yard jaunt and Damian Watkins (14-for-74) carried for a yard to the Old Mill 33 to set up the first of two touchdown passes to Smith.
The first one was lofted nicely down the right sideline where Smith was all alone. He scored by kicking the orange cone on the goal line.
With 1:40 left in the half, Healy got another one up to Smith, who took the ball away from one Old Mill defender and stutter-stepped another before going into the end zone for a 38-yard pass-and-run play. Chris Martin kicked the extra point to make it 13-0.
While his defensive mates held Old Mill's promising freshman quarterback Charles Beverly to only 79 yards total offense in the first half, Healy was 9-for-13 with 154 yards at the break.
"Using the five-step drop, I was able to find the open lanes with no problem and see around the linemen," said Healy.
"I was so far back, I didn't have any trouble reading my keys and our runners set things up well."
Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick was more than pleased with Healy's debut.
"Considering it was his first start, I thought he played very well," said Herrick.
Healy finished the scoring in the third quarter. On fourth-and-goal at the 2 with 6:16 left, he sprinted left and battled his way into the end zone.
Beverly, punter Chuck Manns, who is nursing an injured hamstring, and kick returner Darrell Stokes were bright spots for the Patriots. Beverly showed lot of a poise and took plenty of tough hits while Manns averaged about 40 yards a punt.
Manns is the starting quarterback and came in occasionally on passing downs, but still is not 100 percent healthy. Stokes averaged 15 yards a return on several runbacks.
"They [Old Mill] stymied us a few times, but overall we played well," said Herrick, whose Bruins blanked Old Mill, 13-0, last year.