The Maryland Scholastic Association All-Stars used a dominating offensive line and a 24-point second quarter to rout the Baltimore County All-Stars, 46-26, in the ninth annual Greater Baltimore Football Classic yesterday at Poly.
Ed Trusty (Gilman) and Obie Barnes Jr. (Forest Park) each
rushed 12 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns to lead the MSA. The victory gives the MSA a 6-3 advantage in the series.
Roy Marsh (Perry Hall) led Baltimore County with 79 yards on 17 carries. Teammate Alex Galiani (Towson) rushed for 65 yards on eight carries and scored twice.
The county lineman had trouble handling their MSA counterparts, who average 240 pounds.
"That was an exceptionally good line," Barnes said. "They came off the ball very well, and they are the reason we got into the end zone."
The MSA turned an 8-0 first-quarter lead into a 32-0 romp in the second quarter, when both teams were required to play their second-string offenses and defenses.
"I thought we had two fine offensive groups," MSA coach Roger Wrenn (Patterson) said. "Our second team wasn't much different than our first team, and I think that was the difference in the game."
With the MSA leading, 8-0, Joe Holland (City) recovered a fumble at the Baltimore County 44-yard line. Antoine Burrell (Forest Park) ran in from 3 yards out to give the MSA a 15-0 lead.
The Baltimore County offense lost 7 yards on the next series before punting, and the MSA used only four plays before Trusty ran 35 yards down the sideline to make it 21-0.
Baltimore County failed to pick up a first down on its next possession, and the MSA took over on downs at the Baltimore County 42. Ten plays later, Trusty dived into the end zone to extend the lead to 29-0.
After the kickoff, Holland intercepted a Joe Speed (Dundalk) pass, and two plays later, on the final play of the first half, Keith Kormanik (Gilman) kicked a 19-yard field goal to increase the lead to 32-0.
On the next two possessions (under game rules, if a team is losing by more than 16 points, it receives the ball again after scoring), Galiani scored on runs of 2 and 37 yards to cut the lead to 32-14.
On the next possession, Chris McFadden (Patapsco) caught a Donnie Burks (Perry Hall) pass of 31 yards to cut the margin to 32-20, but that was as close as the county stars would come.
"I think our first team was as good as theirs," said Baltimore County head coach John Buchheister (Randallstown). "But with them having so many more schools to choose players from and with private schools taking kids out of the county, we were at a disadvantage."
Buchheister was asked whether not having his players from Randallstown, which won the Class 4A state title Saturday over Thomas Wootton, made a difference. One of the players, running back Larry Washington, is The Sun's Offensive Player of the Year.
"You never know," he said. 'Having them may have helped, but we can't use would'ves and could'ves."
MSA -- Barnes 2 run (James pass from Washington)
MSA -- Burrell 3 run (Kormanik kick)
MSA -- Trusty 35 run (kick failed)
MSA -- Trusty 1 run (Thornton pass from Washington)
MSA -- Kormanik 19 FG
BC -- Galiani 2 run (Davis kick)
BC -- Galiani 37 run (Davis kick)
BC -- McFadden 31 pass from Burks (kick failed)
MSA -- James 11 pass from Davis (Kormanick kick)
MSA -- Barnes 4 run (Kormanik kick)
BC -- Watkins 16 pass from Burks (end of game)