Red Lion grad Cahill to start at QB in Millersville's opener on Thursday


Red Lion High School graduate Blake Cahill has been named the starting quarterback at Millersville University.

The 6-foot, 6-inch, 235-pound redshirt freshman won the job after an open position battle through spring ball and fall camp.

Cahill edged out a pair of veterans in J.J. Paige and Curtis Frye. Paige played in all 11 games last season and threw 89 passes, completing 47.2 percent for 380 yards and four interceptions. Frye missed nearly all of two seasons with knee injuries. He last played in 2013, completing 63 percent of his 54 passes without a touchdown.

Cahill has yet to take a collegiate snap but threw for 2,915 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 588 yards at Red Lion. Cahill will be the first Marauder freshman to start the season opener since Jamal Smith in 2007. Smith, a standout at nearby Trinity High School in Camp Hill, won Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division Offensive Freshman of the Year that season but eventually became an All-PSAC East wide receiver.

Millersville's second-year head coach, Greg Breitbach, is looking for consistency at the QB position. In two seasons, seven different players have taken snaps for the Marauders. The last Marauder to start every game in a season was Bill Shirk in 2010. Cahill will be the fifth different quarterback in as many seasons to start a season opener.

The Maruaders open the season at 7 Thursday night at home against Ursinus.

Another former York-area player, Dallastown High School graduate Alpha Kahn, is listed as a starting cornerback for Millersville. The 5-8, 180-pound junior appeared in eight games and started the first two of the season as a defensive back in 2014 and finished 10th on the team in tackles with 31, including 17 solo stops.