Known for an arm -- and mouth

October 21, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

Turning out of the huddle, Glenelg senior quarterback Sean Lookingbill called a timeout in disgust.

"We can't run that play because too many people don't know it," he shouted to Gladiators coach Ed Ashwell on the sidelines Saturday.

Vocal. Frustrated. Opinionated.

These traits compose the competitive spirit of Lookingbill.

Before his senior year, Lookingbill was 16-4 as a starting varsity quarterback and 13-3 as a starting pitcher. He isn't used to losing.

"Losses kill me," said Lookingbill, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound left-handed quarterback. "There is nothing worse than losing to me. I love winning."

That's why the Gladiators' four defeats in their first six games tears at Lookingbill. Unlike the previous two seasons, Lookingbill is one of only three returning starters.

He tries to inspire not only by example, but by words.

Loudly. Very loudly.

"In a way, I get out of hand sometimes," said Lookingbill, who is the first in four generations of his family to play football. "I try to get them up in a way, but probably come off as a dictator. I try not to be negative even though it sounds like it."

Running back Mike Demming, who has started on varsity with Lookingbill since their sophomore years, understands how outsiders might misinterpret Lookingbill.

"I find it's kind of hard to tell myself and we're close friends," Demming said. "He definitely lets everyone know what is on his mind."

Besides being the voice general, Lookingbill is the offensive catalyst.

Last week, he broke the school career passing record of 1,974 yards set by Mike D'Andrea (1989-90). Lookingbill has passed for 1,982 yards and 13 touchdowns in 26 games.

Equipped with one of the strongest arms in the area, Lookingbill is first in Howard County with 737 yards passing and 73 completions.

"In my opinion, he is the best pure throwing quarterback in the county since [Wilde Lake's 1979 quarterback] Jim Traber," Ashwell said. "He throws unquestionably the best ball I've seen. He has everything. He's got the shoulder flexion and the wrist snap down."

This power sometimes backfires. In the past two games, receivers have dropped seven passes, including four potential touchdowns.

But that's not unusual. Lookingbill always has displayed power.

When he was 7 years old, Lookingbill started playing football for the Sykesville Raiders as a tight end. After coaches saw Lookingbill overthrowing receivers by 20 yards off on the side, he got shifted to quarterback.

His experience helped him start for the Gladiators as a sophomore.But he had to beat out a friend, Matt Morraye, for the job.

"I told him that if I'm up there, I'm just that type of person that gives it my all," Lookingbill said. "No hard feelings. But I really didn't expect to get it."

Now Lookingbill is not just starting at quarterback, but making some play selections.

"When he asks my opinion, my eyes light up and I usually got something to say," said Lookingbill, who is looking at James Madison, Maryland and several other Atlantic Coast Conference schools to play baseball.

"It really gives me a lot of self-esteem. I respect him for that but also feel I deserve it. I'm not trying to sound conceited, but I've been in here for three years."

0$ And he won't hesitate saying it.

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