If you were at the scrimmage between Landon and Whitman this past Saturday, you may have seen some new faces on the football field. Faces that are usually seen leading different athletic programs at the Bethesda school.
Joe McDonald, a senior basketball standout, and Charlie Schneider, who has committed to play for the University of Maryland lacrosse team, have both joined the football team and are making immediate impacts.
In their first action together outside of practice, the two took the field against Whitman last weekend and looked like they have been playing the sport together for years. McDonald, who is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard, caught five passes for nearly 80 yards and one touchdown in limited playing time.
McDonald has received a great deal of attention from college recruits after averaging 17.7 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4 assists for the Landon basketball team last season. Ivy League schools are fighting to land McDonald, but local football programs are taking notice as well. Although no offers have come McDonald's way just yet, don't be surprised to see the basketball star to get some attention in the college football world this fall.
As for Charlie Schneider, the standout lacrosse player is expected to be the team's starting quarterback this fall. In the scrimmage against Whitman, Schneider completed all but one of his passes and looked very comfortable under center.
Schneider has a strong arm but can run with the ball as well, giving Landon another option on offense. He didn't play football last fall because he was recovering from a lacrosse-related injury, but he will be an impact player for the Bears this season.
Landon scrimmages the Potomac School Thursday afternoon before opening up their 2011 season against Bishop McNamara in the Patriot Classic at Marine Corp Stadium September 9.