The ninth-annual Greater Baltimore Football Classic will feature the area's No. 2 and No. 3 running backs. The game, which matches seniors from the Maryland Scholastic Association and Baltimore County, will be held Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. at Poly.
Obie Barnes Jr. of Forest Park, with 1,560 yards rushing, will play for the MSA team, and Randallstown's Larry Washington, with 1,549 yards, will play for Baltimore County.
"It's an exceptionally good feeling to be part of this team," said Barnes, son of MSA assistant coach Obie Barnes Sr. at yesterday's news conference at Gilman. "I want to prove that the city is better than the county, and I think I have something to prove personally," he added, alluding to his rivalry with Washington.
Also on the MSA team is quarterback Diarra Davis, who helped Southwestern post its first winning season in seven years.
The Baltimore County team also features Perry Hall's Roy Marsh, another highly recruited running back, and quarterback Joe Speed, who led Dundalk to its first state playoff appearance.
"This is really a player's game and not a coach's game," said MSA head coach Roger Wrenn of Patterson. "We appear to have the advantage in size, but they have some people who can just flat-out run."
John Buchheister of Randallstown, the county's head coach, agrees.
"This game is an opportunity for some of the players from schools that don't get a lot of attention to show themselves," he said. "There will be a number of college scouts in attendance, and this is their chance to make an impression."
The MSA leads the series, 5-3. All proceeds from the game go to the scholarship fund of the National Football Foundation, Baltimore chapter.
Tickets are on sale at participating schools for $3. Game-day tickets will cost $5.