Roy Marsh and Charles Plitt are glad to be playing in the Greater Baltimore Football Classic tomorrow at Poly at 2 p.m. Both consider it an honor to be chosen and represent their respective leagues. But the similarities end there.
Marsh, a three-sport athlete who is being recruited highly, will start at tailback for the Baltimore County All-Stars and use the game to show college recruiters that he belongs with the best. Plitt, a center for Boys' Latin and the Maryland Scholastic Association All-Stars, will use it to prove that he belongs.
"It's been a personal goal of mine to prove I could play college football," said the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Plitt. "I went to camps at the University of Maryland, the Naval Academy and the University of Delaware to get better. If I get to play in college, it will be a dream come true."
Roger Wrenn, MSA head coach, said: "We were real surprised with him. He didn't get a lot of publicity during the season, but he's a fine football player and a gentleman."
Plitt has begun to receive attention from colleges, with William & Mary, Bucknell and Catawba College in North Carolina showing the most interest.
Marsh's story is different. A 5-foot-8, 165-pound speedster, he rushed for 1,385 yards this season while leading Perry Hall to a 7-3 record. Last season, Marsh led the Gators to the Class 4A state title in baseball, homering in the state championship game.
The MSA All-Stars will be looking for their fourth consecutive win in the nine-year series, which they lead, 5-3. The game has included six future National Football League players -- Carlton Bailey, 1982, Woodlawn, Buffalo Bills; Vernon Joines, 1983, Southwestern, Cleveland Browns; Warren Powers, 1983, Edmondson, Denver Broncos; Calvin Williams, 1984, Dunbar, Philadelphia Eagles; Brian Jordan, 1984, Milford Mill, Atlanta Falcons; and Mike Brennan, 1984, Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati Bengals -- and almost 50 percent of its graduates have gone on to play in college.
Greater Baltimore Football Classic rosters
BALTIMORE COUNTY ALL-STARS Joe Speed (Dundalk); Mike Hege (Patapsco); Donnie Burks Perry Hall); John Swigart (Overlea); Robert Davis (Milford Mill); Tim Whitehead (Franklin); Alex Galiani (Towson); Bryant Lee ( Milford Mill); Ron Martin (Hereford); Charles Davis (Eastern Vo-Tech); David Brewer (Towson); Brian Volk (Loch Raven); Mike Sowers (Dundalk); Larry Washington (Randallstown); Chris McFadden (Patapsco) Marcus Gray (Owings Mills); Scott Boze (Owings Mills); Roy Marsh (Perry Hall); Joe Watkins (Parkville); Mike Stolle (Perry Hall); Steve Clay (Kenwood); Rick Price (Chesapeake); George Gillem (Woodlawn); Mike Blackmon (Dundalk); Pat McDaniel (Parkville); Brad Topchik (Randallstown); Derek Ruby (Chesapeake); Michael Rathmell (Loch Raven); Willie Hicks (Woodlawn); Jeff Mattes (Franklin); John Walk (Sparrows Point); Ian Rehmert (Catonsville); Wallace Baker (Randallstown); Keith Thornton (Lansdowne); Shannon Wooden (Overlea); Grant Yoder (Dulaney); Chad Freitag (Parkville); Ferron Carter (Woodlawn); Tim Hughes (Owings Mills); Brandon Lobb (Dulaney); Corey Johnson (Loch Raven); Mike Ward (Chesapeake); Phil Efron (Pikesville).
Head coach: John Buchheister (Randallstown). Assistan coaches: George Goudy (Woodlawn); Steve Turnbaugh (Towson); Ray Groszkowski (Owings Mills); Phil Donlin (Parkville); Rick Zentz (Dundalk).
Dewayne Washington (Lake Clifton); Mike Branch (Patterson); DeBrandon Jews (City); Damon Bond (Walbrook); Diarra Davis (Southwestern); Keith Kormanik (Gilman); Obie Barnes (Forest Park); Timothy White (Northwestern); Lamar James (Northern); Monte Bowens (Northwestern); Jermaine Johnson (McDonogh); Edward Trusty (Gilman); Antoine Burrell (Forest Park); Joseph Mondshour (Southern); Frank Tamburello (Archbishop Curley); Charles Bell (Dunbar); Jamal Cox (Gilman); David Harris (Cardinal Gibbons); Chris Robertson (Poly); Shawn Mahoney (St. Paul's); Charles Plitt (Boys' Latin); Ron Strauss (Loyola); Chris Smith (St. Mary's); Jim Lewis (McDonogh); Floyd Matthews (Lake Clifton); Matt Cremen (Archbishop Spalding); Joe Holland (City); Larry Smith (Douglass); Andy Plummer (Severn); Brian Collins (Mervo); Garfield Griffin (Edmondson); Josh Austin (Forest Park); Anthony Hall (Mount St. Joseph); Adam Funk (St. Mary's); Chris Blythe (Cardinal Gibbons); Ernest Rhoney (City); Pete Tapley (John Carroll); Sam James (Lake Clifton); Charles Anderson (Patterson); Kenneth Clark (Patterson); Jelani Rucker (Poly); Reggie Thornton (Loyola); Brian Yates (Calvert Hall); Antwain Smith (Poly), John Tyler (Gilman), Kevin Washington (Dunbar).
Head coach: Roger Wrenn (Patterson); assistant coaches: Obie Barnes (Forest Park); Brad Best (St. Mary's); Jack Nehmmsman (Southern); Bucky Kimmett (Poly); Lynn Badham (Northwestern); Fred Kaiss (Southwestern).