Senior Connor Lundy is a two-sport standout at Carroll County as the starting quarterback on the football team and a combo guard/forward on the basketball team.
As a quarterback, Lundy set a new school record a year ago for passing yards in a season with 1,723 en route to second-team All-Southwest District honors. He is on pace to shatter the school’s all-time record for passing yards, and has thrown 76 passes after three games with no interceptions.
Lundy also earned second-team all-district honors last year on Carroll County’s Region IV championship basketball team that tied a school record with 24 wins in a season. By far the team’s biggest outside threat, he led Carroll in 3-pointers made (47-of-146) and 3-point percentage (32.2 percent). He was also second on the team in scoring with 11.3 points per game and was third in rebounds (82) and assists (1.8 per game), and fourth in steals (24) and free-throw percentage (63.2 percent).
This week, Lundy talks about quarterbacking, the success of the basketball team, and a few embarrasing moments.
You’ve thrown over 50 passes in Carroll County’s first two games. Is your arm about to fall off yet? The arm feels fine. I will be happy to throw as much as the coaches will let me!
How unusual is it to throw so much in a Carroll County offense that has traditionally been known as hey-diddle-diddle, run-it-up-the-middle? Coach Hale has adapted the offense to suit the players that he has. This year we hope to be a balanced offense that can run and throw the football. Mostly, we just want to do whatever it takes to win!
You broke the school record for passing yards in a season last year and are closing in on the school record for passing yards in a career. What goals do you have for the rest of your senior season? The passing records are great, but the only thing I really want is the “W” in the record books. I want to fulfill the goals our team has set for ourselves. I honestly believe this team has more unity and talent than we have had in a long time. I really expect big things to come out of this season.
What is the best trash talk line you’ve ever heard on the football field? One of the Richland’s receivers looked at one of our cornerbacks and said “I am going straight down the field” and pointed. On the next play, they threw the ball to him. He caught it and ran straight down the field for a touchdown.
Coach Hale said your teammates have many nicknames for you. He said some of them aren’t fit for print. Which ones are family friendly? Sometimes the names they use for me aren’t the sweetest! The name they call me the most though is probably “Looney.”
How close would you say Coach Hale comes to having a coronary during a typical football game? Well, I am pretty sure he starts getting amped up in pre-game. During the game, he gets to the stage where the veins in his head are popping out and his face is blood red… That’s when you know not to talk to him!
What schools are recruiting you, and which sport do you think you will play at the college level? I have been in contact with James Madison, Elon, Towson, and UNCC in football. I have had some interest from Radford, Queens University, Marist and others in basketball. My dream has always been to play college ball in one sport or the other so I am leaving my options open and seeing which school comes up with the best offer.
You’ve thrown over 50 passes without an interception after two games, so the accuracy is obviously there. With that being said, did you mean to overthrow Chris Smoot last year when you hit The Carroll News’ reporter where the sun don’t shine? Without a doubt! I was talking to your wife before the game and she told me how much you were getting on her nerves that day. She might have encouraged me to send a cheap shot your way! I apologize, but I think you need to consult with your wife about that one! (Editor’s Note: Thanks a lot Connor, but trust me, she doesn’t need any help).
Moving to basketball, who is a better shooter, you or your sister Keely? My sister would tell you that she is, but I would have to say that I am the better shooter. We have some long games of HORSE though. We played one game and it took us about 2 and a half hours to finish. I came out on top of course!
What was it like being a part of Carroll County’s first regional championship basketball team since 1980 last season? It was amazing! I loved being a part of something so special. The fan support was remarkable and the atmosphere at our home games was unrivaled. I hope the fans and the Cavalier Crazies will be back this season to support us. I believe we will have another great team and another great season!
How much sweeter was it beating your cousin Matt Hill’s Salem team for the regional title? It was a great feeling. I will always have the bragging rights at the family reunions. Salem won the state title though, so I can’t rub it in too much.
Who is a better shooter, you or Tee Jackson? I am definitely a better shooter than Jackson. He might be able to give my sister a run for the money though.
How hard is it to transition from football to basketball season? It is a very tough transition. Football season usually ends on a Friday night and basketball starts on Saturday. It takes a lot of time for me to totally be back in basketball shape because I don’t have a lot of time to get in the gym during football.
Who is your favorite athlete and why? I would have to say Peyton Manning because of his strong determination to win and his game intelligence.
What songs are mostly likely to be found playing in your IPod? I have very diverse musical tastes. I like everything from oldies to rock to rap.
Tell us about the time Keely called the shotgun seat in the car and in the ensuing argument asked you which way the wind was blowing. Is it true she told you to stick your head out the window, and when you did, she caught you right between the eyes with a fresh loogie? Yes, my sister got me one time! You will never catch me sticking my head out of the window to see which way the wind is blowing again.
What’s the most embarrassing thing to ever happen to you on the basketball court? During an AAU game, an opposing player had a wide open lay up so I went up to block the shot. He pump faked and I went sailing over his back and landed awkwardly on my neck. The whole gym laughed, but I thought I had probably broken my neck.
How do you think Carroll County’s basketball team will do this year without Ryan Gravley, Austin Horton, Chris Smoot and other key contributors? We will miss those guys a whole lot! I believe this year’s team will be just as good if not better than last year’s team though. Most of us have been playing together in AAU basketball since we were in third grade. We will be a really fun group to watch.
How much does it help you in athletics coming from a family of so many coaches and athletes? It has helped me a whole lot. I am very blessed to have them as mentors and they have taught me so much. I would not be even half the player I am in either sport if it wasn’t for them.