Lancer of the Week: Xander McClure’s shines in second year on varisty football

Xander McClure hustling with the ball

courtesy of Xander McClure

Xander McClure hustling with the ball

From being another decent running back to one of the best in Maryland and a huge part of the Lancers’ offense, junior running back Xander McClure has taken his game to the next level on the field. McClure’s 2,326 rushing yards is just a few hundred shorter than the state record. Although the Lancers lost the state game against the Damascus Hornets, McClure’s season leads fans to believe that next year he will help get that elusive state ring.

His next season will be his senior year, as he plans to be a factor towards the Lancers’ success. “I’m really looking forward to sharing my last ride with the boys I’ve been playing with my whole life.”

McClure is one of the most accomplished players on the football team. According to MaxPreps, the Lancers were ranked 17th thanks to McClure’s lot of carries throughout the year. The main reason of McClure’s effectiveness is due to his 4.5 second 40-yard dash according to Hudl

He also has made a major impact on the track and field team. In his indoor season, according to Athletic Net, McClure’s best for high jump is 6’0″, which is not far behind graduate Colby Bannon with 6’4″.

Xander McClure has come a long way, from taking carries on JV to his junior year, where he made most of heavy lifting to fuel the Lancers’ run-powered offense.

Varsity head coach Rick Conner said Xander has a “rare combination of strength and speed.” This has allowed to break off many runs that could’ve been a loss of yards into huge runs and touchdowns.

Like any great athlete, he had the coaches behind him supporting him the whole way. Coach Conner has been intentional about working with McClure, and it’s showed up on the field.

“My coaches have helped me grow, not only as a football player, but also as a man,” said McClure.

Also throughout his football career, his parents have been with him every step of the way. His parents have supported him through everything on and off the field. McClure is actively involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). He said, “It’s opened my eyes over the past few years, and it’s something I will continue to do.”

McClure has helped make this Lancers team into a powerhouse, one that turned former critics into believers and fans of the Lancers. McClure will most likely be more effective next year, as he continues to train in the weight room and remain prepared throughout summer camps.