Raphael Wall and Ricky Rowe, the leaders of Wilde Lake High School'sstate championship football team last fall, have been selected to play in this summer's sixth annual Big 33 football game.
The game pits the top 33 high school seniors from Maryland against the top 33 from Pennsylvania. It will be played July 27 in Hershey, Pa.
"They (Wall and Rowe) were locks," said Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall, who is the head coach of the Maryland team.
"Any kid who was offered scholarships by schools like Tennessee and Notre Dame is a lock."
Wall and Rowe were the only players selected from Howard County. They were also the county's two most heavily recruited players.
Wall signed a letter of intent last month to attend the University of Maryland. He also had offers from Tennessee, Clemson and Notre Dame.
Rowe has signed with Penn State. He also was pursued by Tennessee and North Carolina.
Wall and Rowe led the Wildecats to their first undefeated season, which ended with a 13-7 victory in overtime over Damascus on Wall's 4-yard touchdown run. That gave the Wildecats their second state championship in six seasons.
Wall, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound running back, rushed for 1,546 yards and averaged 10.4 yardsper carry during the regular season to lead the Wilde Lake offense. He scored 24 touchdowns.
Rowe, a strong safety who was considered the hardest hitter in the county his last two seasons, led a Wilde Lake defense that surrendered 29 points against 10 county opponents.
He finished the regular season with 60 solo tackles, 78 assists, eight sacks, one fumble recovery and six interceptions -- two of which he returned for touchdowns.
In addition to Wall and Rowe, Hammond High School's Cliff Epps and Glenelg's Juan Dorsey -- each of whom is headed to James Madison on scholarships as wide receivers -- have been selected as first alternates.