Wednesday, December 11, 2013 1:55 AM
Published on: Wednesday, July 03, 2013
By Holden Wilen
Former Northwest standout Matty Callahan, a first-team All-Sentinel quarterback last season, has decided to play college football at McDaniel, a Division III school located in Westminster.
“It was a good opportunity to go up there and get on the field and play early,” said Callahan.
Tracy Callahan said his son also considered Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. and Catholic University in Washington, D.C. before opting for the school once known as Western Maryland College.
“It’s a great school,” said Matty Callahan, who noted that McDaniel is also the alma mater of his Rockville Bears youth league coach, Andy Stefanelli. “It’s a good fit. It’s close to home.”
Callahan, a three-year starter during his tenure at Northwest, guided the Jaguars to an 8-4 record last season including an appearance in the Maryland 4A state quarterfinals. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound signal-caller also passed for more than 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2012.
Callahan is set to join a McDaniel program that finished 0-10 last season under Mike Hoyt, his first season at the helm.
“I love what he’s doing with the program,” said Callahan. “He’s trying to get them back on track.”
Callahan will also be joined at McDaniel by high school teammate Connor Allen, a 6-foot-1, 176-pound wide receiver.
The Green Terror, who compete in the Centennial Conference, host Catholic on Sept. 7 to open the 2013 campaign.
Callahan said he expects to compete for playing time right away and battle the incumbent quarterback.
“It’s open competition,” he said. “I want to bring my talents up there and hopefully make some noise early,” he said.