Ian Fisher insists the local paper had it wrong. A day after setting a new career high in passing yards and touchdown passes, the big 6-foot-6 Brunswick quarterback opened up a copy of the Frederick News Post and read that he completed 26 passes for 399 yards and five total touchdowns in a 67-14 Roaders win over North Carroll.
But Fisher had already broken down the game film with his coach Pat Foster. Turns out the FNP sold him short by about 39 yards and two completions.
"Yeah, it was just a little off," said Fisher, chuckling. "I mean, 399 is good, but I actually completed 28 of 40 passes and threw for 438 yards."
Either way, it wasn't a bad night for the senior Fisher, who committed to James Madison in the offseason. The 438 yards were a career high and set a new MVAL record, eclipsing the previous mark of 397 set by Westminster's Kevin Clancy in 2007.
"It was just a special night - one of those games where everything came together and we could do whatever we wanted offensively," said Fisher, who is coming off a 3,000-yard season. "My receivers and I were just clicking. Everyone was on the same page."
The game was especially satisfying for Fisher, who struggled two weeks ago in a loss to Middletown. Fisher threw nine interceptions all of last season, but he had five against the Knights alone. Needless to say, he and his teammates wanted to send a message this week.
"Last week really, really hurt," Fisher said. "All week long we couldn't wait to get back on the field and get our offense going again. So we came into this game on a mission. And to be able to bounce back like we did, that just did a ton for our confidence as a whole."
Although no one predicted Fisher would eclipse 400 yards, the stage was certainly set for a standout performance. While breaking down film during the week, the quarterback and his teammates noticed certain tendencies in the North Carroll defense. The Roaders believed their wide-open spread attack featuring four- and five-receiver sets would eat up a North Carroll secondary that didn't have the personnel to defend all the weapons.
"It was a pick your poison kind of deal - there was no way [North Carroll] was going to be able to defend everybody," said Fisher, who spread the ball around to seven different receivers. "They tried to cover Jake [Struss] in the first half, so I went to Blaine [Pierce]. Then in the second half they doubled Blaine, so I went to Jake. They couldn't do anything about it."
The one thing North Carroll's defense did do was take away the running game. The normally fleet-footed Fisher only picked up 50 yards (and two touchdowns) on the ground.
"North Carroll opted to take away the run and give us the pass," said Fisher, who, along with his 50 rushing yards, had 488 total yards. "That was fine by me. It worked out OK (laughs)."
Most of Fisher's completions were of the short to intermediate variety, but he had a few downfield bombs as well. His favorite play came right before halftime after he had thrown three straight incompletions. On fourth down from his own 40, Fisher, who doubles as the punter, dropped back to kick the ball away. But instead of sending it downfield with his foot, Fisher opted to use his arm.
"I faked the punt and threw it right up the middle between three dudes and hit my guy in stride," Fisher said. "Sixty-five yards - touchdown."
The rest of the game followed a similar pattern with Fisher, Struss, Price, Tyler Dabbs, Nate Coates and the rest of the Roaders putting on an aerial display that resembled the Greatest Show on Turf.
But after the game, amid the praise and accolades, Fisher inevitably heard from the cynics and critics. After all, they said, it was only a class 1A game against North Carroll.
"Well, if it was just a little 1A game and it was so easy to put up yards, why has this never happened before? Why hasn't anyone ever thrown for 400 yards in county and MVAL history?" Fisher said. "It's just an exciting accomplishment, and it shows what this offense is capable of."
So what exactly is the potential of the Brunswick offense? Is 500 passing yards possible?
"You now, when I was watching the film I noticed some mistakes I made," Fisher said. "So if I can correct those little things I think we can put up even more yards. With how our offense is designed and the amount of stress we put on the passing game, don't be surprised if there are more games like this."
Stat Leaders (Offense):
Thomas Stuart, QB, Calvert Hall: 232 yards, 3 TDs Romie Cheese, QB, Westminster: 413 yards, 5 TDs Garrett Bean, WR, Westminster: 6 receptions, 114 yards, 3 TDs Darius Clifton, WR, Westminster: 5 receptions, 118 yards Joe Riddle, RB, Linganore: 199 yards, TD Brian McMahon, QB, Atholton: 185 passing yards, TD; 78 rushing yards Dequan Ellison, WR, Atholton: 8 catches, 108 yards, TD Rachid Ibrahim, RB, Avalon: 223 yards, 3 TDs; 50 yards receiving, TD Jacquille Veii, RB, Avalon, 105 yards, 2 TDs Nick Peifer, QB, St. John's: 218 yards, 3 TDs Grier Wilson, WR, St. John's: eight receptions, 132 yards, TD Ian Fisher, QB, Brunswick: 438 yards, 3 TDs; 50 rushing yards, 2 TDs Tyler Dabbs, WR, Brunswick: 110 yards, TD Jake Struss, WR, Brunswick: 103 yards, 2 TDs Dan Gebhart, RB, North Carroll: 105 yards Heath Dahlgren, QB, Thomas Johnson: 248 yards, 3 TDs Richie Anderson, ATH, Thomas Johnson: over 100 total yards, 2 TDs Cooper Hibbs, QB, Arundel: 312 yards, 3 TDs Dillon Tighe, WR, Arundel: 8 receptions, 182 yards, 2 TDs Joel Jorgensen, QB, McDonogh: over 100 yards, 2 TDs Jamal Chappell, ATH, Poly: 131 yards, TD Lavon Chaney, RB, South River: 250 total yards, TD Connor Cox, QB, South River: 121 yards, 2 TDs Ian Thomas, WR, Franklin: 256 total yards, TD Reggie Ellis, ATH, Franklin: over 100 total yards, TD Ron Darby, RB, Potomac: 143 yards, 2 TDs Antonio Washington, QB, Potomac: 176 yards, 2 TDs Kevin Jones, RB, Bullis: 319 yards, 3 TDs Steve Sheridan, QB, Tuscarora: 102 yards Tyree Turner, QB, Meade: 232 Yards Calvinaugh Jones, RB, Meade: 158 Yards 2 TD, 96 return yards Eric Sharpe, WR, Meade: 7 receptions, 97 Yards Malik Morris, RB, MSD: 126 yards, TD Derek Frank, RB, MSD: 165 yards, TD Mike Spahr, QB, Urbana: 196 yards, 3 TDs Trey Lee, QB, Patuxent: 185 total yards, 4 TDs; int. return for TD Josh McPhearson, RB, AACS: 220 yards, 2 TDs Chris Chick, QB, AACS: 123 yards, TD Zach Bradshaw, WR, Damascus: 150 total yards, 2 TDs Trevor Patton, RB, Damascus: 213 yards, 2 TDs Ben Ohwiler, RB, Catoctin: 101 yards Brady Policelli, QB, Walkersville: 167 yards, TD TJ Gamble, WR, Walkersville: 4 receptions, 104 yards, TD Zach Welch, RB, Middletown: 133 yards, 3 TDs Crosby Winters, QB, North Hagerstown: 202 yards, TD Ayinde Warren, RB, Wheaton: 172 yards, 4 TDs Wes Brown, RB, Good Counsel: 147 yards, 3 TDs Brendan Marshall, QB, Good Counsel: 172 yards, TD Stefon Diggs, WR, Good Counsel: over 100 total yards, 2 TDs Fernando Smith, RB, Sherwood: 129 yards, 3 TDs Michael Flack, ATH, Whitman: 128 yards, TD Val Djidotor, ATH, Whitman: 180 total yards, TD Solomon Vault, RB, Gaithersburg: 118 yards, TD Chris Papadopoulos, QB, Wootton: 247 yards, 2 TDs Mike Sheehan, QB, Clarksburg: 236 yard, 3 TDs Stefan Houston, WR, Clarksburg: 5 receptions, 109 yards Lincon Reyes, QB, Gaithersburg: 192 yards, 2 TDs Simba Gwashavamhu, WR, Gaithersburg 3 receptions, 106 yards, 2 TDs Matty Callahan, QB, Northwest: 158 yards, 3 TDs Lansana Keita, QB, Churchill: 149 yards, 2 TDs Curtis Kamara, RB, Churchill: 112 yards, TD Peter Gondor, ATH, Blair: 150 total yards, TD Sean Loftus, QB, Einstein: 107 yards, 2 TDs Kirby Carmack, QB, Poolesville: over 100 yards, TD Jamil Lee, RB, Joppatowne: 113 yards, 3 TDs Ryan Umpleby, ATH, Fallston: 200 total yards, 4 TDs John Hetterman, QB, Fallston: over 100 yards, 2 TDs Lavell McCullers, QB, Havre de Grace: over 150 yards, 2 TDs James Smith, RB, Havre de Grace: over 100 total yards, 2 TDs Marquel Lee, QB, Westlake: 120 yards Dontea Ayres, RB, Wicomico: 156 yards, 3 TDs Gunner Whipp, RB, Boonsboro: 100 yards Brandon Hess, QB, South Hagerstown: over 100 yards, 2 TDs Phillip Butler, RB, North Hagerstown: 131 yards, 5 TDs Dom Frank, QB, Manchester Valley: 237 yards, TD ; 46 rushing yards, TD Thomas Smith, ATH, Smithsburg: over 120 total yards, TD Zach Krall, RB, Smithsburg: 100 yards, TD Darnell Solomon, WR, Broadneck: 6 receptions, 104 yards, TD Brady George, QB, Broadneck: 203 yards, 2 TDs; rushing TD Deon McDaniel, RB, Chesapeake-AA: 155 yards, 4 TDs Howard Sye, RB, Chesapeake-AA: 100 yards, TD Malik Branch, RB, Southern: 119 yards, TD DeNiko Carter, WR, Catonsville: over 100 total yards, 2 TDs Aaron Jones, QB, Catonsville: over 100 yards, 2 TDs Rahamn Kamara, WR, Bladensurg: over 100 total yards, TD Dan Strietbeck, QB, Mountain Ridge: 150 yards, 3 TDs Anthony Spataro, RB, Mountain Ridge: 105 yards, TD; 2 receiving TDs Jarrod Harper, RB, Mountain Ridge: about 300 total yards, 2 TDs Madison Wolford, RB, Allegany: 123 yards Alex Baker, RB, Northern-Garrett: 123 yards, TD Kurt Gangler, QB, Southern-Garrett: 295 yards, 2 TDs Darius Victor, RB, Northwestern-PG: 176 yards, 2 TDs Christian DiPaola, QB, Maryland Christian: over 150 yards, 3 TDs D.J. Smith, RB, Spalding: 167 yards Hakeem Holland, RB, Forest Park: 133 yards, 2 TDs Jay Adams, QB, Gwynn Park: 117 yards Bene't Willis, RB, Paint Branch: 132 total yards, TD Mark Green, RB, Quince Orchard: 127 yards, TD Marcel Joly, RB, Forestville: 132 yards, TD Jameel Kirkland, QB, Forestville: 62 passing yards; 80 rushing yards, TD Tamlin Antoine, ATH, Roosevelt: 103 total yards Myles Allen, RB, Landon: 126 yards, 3 TDs Charlie Schnider, QB, Landon: 164 yards, TD Joe McDonald, WR, Landon: 6 receptions, 111 yards Dominick Mullin, QB, Lansdowne: 100 total yards, TD Edwin Walker, RB, Flowers: 168 yards, 2 TDs Jon Holland, QB, Flowers: 130 yards, TD Taitor Reynolds, QB, Douglass-PG: 109 yards Milan Collins, QB, McNamara: 268 total yards, 3 TDs Adam Gillis, RB, McNamara: 110 yards, TD Jamil Gilbert, RB, Bowie: 110 yards Jarvis McClam, QB, Laurel: 168 yards, 2 TDs Daniel Williams, QB, Surrattsville: 114 yards, 2 TDs; rushing TD Shaquile Guyton-Jackson, RB, Surrattsville: 190 yards, TD AJ Bright, RB, Pallotti: 199 yards TD; TD pass Trey Walters, RB, Bishop Walsh: about 100 yards, 2 TDs Greg Hendershot, QB, Bishop Walsh: 201 yards, TD Garrett Clay, RB, Fort Hill: 222 yards, 3 TDs Ryan Briner, RB, Fort Hill: 128 yards, 3 TDs DJ Kee, RB, Decatur: 146 yards, TD Ben Goodrich, QB, Kent Island: 173 yards Gavin Jones, QB, Kent County: 195 yards, TD Tyler Cornelius, RB, Kent County: 129 yards, TD Shacori Riddick, RB, Washington: 115 yards, TD Tay Tay Brooks, RB, Snow Hill: 185 yards, 5 TDs John Nunes, RB, Baltimore Lutheran: 103 yards, TD Nate Lewnes, RB, St. Mary's: 310 yards, 2 TDs Devon Paye, RB, Hammond: 131 yards, TD Dionte Jones, RB, Hammond: 102 yards, 3 TDs; 63 receiving yards, TD Mike DeBaugh, QB, Perry Hall: 110 yards, 4 TDs Pat Clemons, RB, Perry Hall: over 100 total yards, 3 TDs DJ Funderburk, RB, Northwood: 112 yards James Jones-Williams, RB, Seneca Valley: 151 yards, 3 TDs Juwan Singletary, RB, Bel Air: over 100 yards, TD Davonte Fletcher, RB, Huntingtown: 219 yards, 2 TDs Cody Douglas, QB, Chopticon: 220 yards JW Smith, WR, Chopticon: 5 receptions, 141 yards Stephen Stewart, RB, Leonardtown: 154 yards, 2 TDs Anthony Squire, RB, Suitland: 149 yards, 2 TDs Taivon Jacobs, WR, Suitland: over 120 total yards, 2 TDs Nyema Washington, QB, Suitland: 143 yards, TD Sterling Parks, RB, Riverdale Baptist: 216 total yards, 2 TDs Allen Cross, RB, Long Reach: 150 yards, 3 TDs
*Note: It is possible, with hundreds and hundreds of names flying across the wire, that some offensive standout was overlooked. Also, defensive statistics are not included since a) some teams do not keep them and b) they aren't always reliable.