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Calendine's year gets off on the wrong foot

September 05, 2008|By MARK KELLER

North Hagerstown quarterback Bryan Calendine was hoping not to go through a rough start for a second straight season.

Having endured a five-game losing streak to open 2007, Calendine was looking forward instead to building on the Hubs' strong finish in which they won four of their last five.

All of Calendine's plans, however, took a dramatic turn during a simple turn on a handoff in the third practice of the summer.

The senior signal caller reaggravated a broken bone in his left foot and has been sidelined ever since, forcing Calendine to be creative in how he helps the Hubs prepare for the 2008 season.

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"Right now I'm just trying to keep the mental part of my game up," Calendine said. "It's really the only thing I can do right now -- stand behind the huddle, hear them call the plays and give my advice on the kind of reads to make."

Coach Dan Cunningham said Calendine knows the offense inside and out, and his input is more than welcome during practice.

"He hobbles out there on his crutches and gets right in the huddle and puts in his two cents," Cunningham said. "He communicates really well with Lynn (Lowman) and Anthony (Winters). They don't know the offense quite like he does, so it's helped them a lot."

Calendine has the head for the job. He carries a 4.31 GPA and started his senior year ranked second in his class.

Among the classes he's enrolled in this year: AP European History, Journalism, Sociology and Physics.

"This actually is one of my easier years," Calendine said.

Calendine won't receive clearance from his doctor any sooner than today -- one day before the Hubs open their season at Heritage in Leesburg, Va.

That's not soon enough for the quarterback, who tried to get on the field last week.

"I tried going out. We had it all taped up, but I couldn't even walk on it," Calendine said. "It's driving me nuts. This is my senior year. I don't want to be finished."

While he said not being able to play is frustrating, the fact that he cannot be on the field with his teammates -- his friends -- is actually worse.

"Last year, it just wasn't a group. We didn't get along as well as we do this year," Calendine said. "We're all friends this year, we're all really close and we hang out together. And I think that makes a big difference.

"We've grown up together and we've gone through a lot. It just doesn't feel right not being out there with them to help them get to where we want to go."

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