As part of their commitment to youth football in Maryland, the Baltimore Ravens have partnered with T. Rowe Price, the College Savings Plan of Maryland, and the Maryland Football Coaches Association to recognize outstanding local high school quarterbacks.
During halftime of Ravens home games this season, the Quarterback Challenge will highlight two of the top high school quarterbacks from Maryland competing in passing competitions that showcase arm strength and accuracy.
While the winning student-athletes receive a $250 College Savings Plan of Maryland account and the winning school receives a $500 Under Armour gift card for his school’s athletic department, both schools receive tickets to the game and both quarterbacks receive a football autographed by a Ravens player.
|September 15, 2013
The first QB Challenge competition of 2013 set the bar high for high school quarterbacks the rest of the season. Fallston QB Brendan Weinhold delivered a 46-yard completion on his first toss, but Nic Hammer of North Harford answered back with a 50-yard strike of his own. Looking to top his counterpart, Weinhold heaved a ball downfield that was caught at the 44 yard line. With the win secured, Hammer let loose on a 53-yard ball that fell into the outstretched hands of his wide receiver to outdo his previous best.
|September 22, 2013
In a matchup of MIAA conference rivals, QB Freddy Bopst led Boys’ Latin against St. Paul’s and QB Anthony Pino. After both quarterbacks’ first passes fell incomplete, Bopst’s launched his second toss, but it fell just out of reach of his wide receiver. With the competition on the line, Pino stepped up to deliver a 46-yard strike and a Crusader win.
|October 13, 2013
Following a 35-0 win over Liberty on Friday (10/11) evening, Westminster took the field with their Carroll County foe again this weekend – this time at M&T Bank Stadium for the Quarterback Challenge. Participating in the first accuracy competition of the season, both quarterbacks aimed at tossing three footballs into nets placed around the field at the 15, 30 and 45-yard lines. Completions into the 15-yard line net would earn 15 points with 30 points and 45 points earned on the further nets. With each misfiring on all three throws, QB’s Austin Bode of Liberty and Duke Etchinson of Westminster settled the Quarterback Challenge with a throw-off for distance only. Launching a 46-yard throw, Bode secured the win for the Lions.
|November 10, 2013
With both teams taking breaks from their upcoming playoff game preparations, Hammond’s Tyler Martin and Huntingtown’s Robbie Payne squared off in the Quarterback Challenge at halftime of the Bengals vs. Ravens game. While Martin was just off target with his first toss at the 15-yard target, Payne connected with the same target to get the Hurricanes on the board with 15 points. After both quarterbacks missed targets with their second throws, Martin equaled Payne with a completion to the 15-yard target on his third throw. With Payne unable to complete his third attempt, the competition ended in a 15-15 tie.
|November 24, 2013
Traveling from western Maryland to M&T Bank Stadium for the Quarterback Challenge, QB Jesse Wolford led Hancock against Williamsport and QB Saavon Brown. While both quaterbacks’ first attempts could not be hauled in by their receivers, Wolford connected for a 42-yard toss to take the lead in the final frame. With one throw left, Brown launched a 46-yard rainmaker that was caught by Mannie Morris to give the Wildcats the win.
|November 28, 2013
Competing at halftime of the Ravens vs. Steelers Thanksgiving Day showdown, Northeast and Reservoir faced-off in the Quarterback Challenge before a rocking musical performance by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Both Tyler Curtain (Northeast) and Max Schuster (Reservoir) had their first tosses fall just over the outstretched fingers of their wide receivers. Curtain unleashed a deep throw on his second, and final toss, but again, it could not be hauled in. With the competition on the line, Schuster earned the victory for Reservoir with a 34 yard completion to Joey Jannush.