Season behind them, All-Star seniors go one last time County squad tries to end MSA's grip

November 17, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Vince Montoute knows what it's like to be on the short end -- and he doesn't like it.

For the past two seasons, the senior defensive back has played on 8-2 football teams at Woodlawn, only to have the Warriors miss the Class 4A state playoffs by the slimmest of margins.

"This year hurt the most, because most of the guys on the team were seniors," said Montoute, who was among the Warriors' leading tacklers. "We wanted to win for coach [George Goudy], and it felt like we got robbed."

But as a member of this year's Baltimore County All-Stars, it is Montoute -- the Warriors' interception leader with six -- who hopes to steal a victory from the Maryland Scholastic Association All-Stars in the Greater Baltimore Football Classic.

The teams face each other for the 11th time on Dec. 6 at Johns Hopkins' University's Homewood Field.

The MSA has won seven of the games, including the last five. And Montoute, as well as players like Overlea running back/defensive back Phil Brown and Dundalk lineman Mike Fearson hope to change history with a win.

"The past doesn't matter," said Fearson, a 6-foot-1, 290-pounder who blocked for John Satterfield (1,125 rushing yards) all season. "We're the ones who get [the running backs] there, and this is my time to step out and show what I can do."

Also hoping to step out of the shadows is Brown, who has spent the year primarily as a blocking back for All-Metro running back Tyrese Barmer.

"That's [blocking] sometimes hard to accept, even though I know football's a team sport. This is my chance to go solo a little bit," said Brown, who hopes to see action in the defensive backfield. "I know I can play cornerback, and I'd like to maybe pull down some interceptions."

In the past, the game has been the steppingstone toward college scholarships for such luminaries as 1984 Dunbar graduate Calvin Williams, and 1983 graduates Warren Powers Edmondson) and Brian Jordan (Milford Mill).

Williams, a wide receiver, is in his third season with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, Powers, a defensive tackle, is a fourth-year starter with the Denver Broncos, and Jordon played two seasons as a safety for the Atlanta Falcons before signing as an outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals.

"You read about all these other guys in the paper, now we're on the same team as they were," said Poly defensive back Khary Tucker. "It's like, I always wanted to be there [with the best players], and now I am."

"This is a great opportunity to be working with some of the finest, skilled athletes in county football," said Kenwood coach Fred Myers, chosen this year's head coach of the county All-Stars.

"But it's going to take 45 players and six other coaches to break the string," Myers added. "Most of the guys are two-way players on their regular teams, so the key will be getting them in the right positions under a simple system that works for everybody."

To do that, Myers, and MSA head coach Jim Doyle (Severn) will each have nine practice days before the game, with the county schools practicing at Kenwood, and the MSA going at Overlea-Fullerton recreation center.

Coaches from each of the MSA's 35 schools and the county's 21 schools picked their three best seniors to play in the game.

"It's a real motivator to be picked to play with some of the best guys from other teams," said Forest Park's Bilal Bahar. "We had a disappointing season, so this is a great feeling to have a chance to be on the same team with guys that you're used to playing against."

Mount St. Joseph quarterback Buddy Edmond couldn't agree more, especially after having transferred from Patterson -- where he passed for more than 2,000 yards and received first-team All-Metro honors -- to a team that lost several close games and finished below .500.

"I might not even play quarterback, but I don't really care -- this just means a lot to me," said Edmond, a 6-1, 225-pound Division I prospect. "I can play linebacker, punter or quarterback. But I'm just going to do the best that I can, no matter where they put me."

Classic Results

1982 -- County 15, MSA 13

1983 -- County 34, MSA 6

1984 -- MSA 18, County 0

1985 -- MSA 9, County 7

1986 -- County 15, MSA 12

1987 -- MSA 12, County 10

1988 -- MSA 14, County 0

1989 -- MSA 28, County 6

1990 -- MSA 46, County 26

1991 -- MSA 16, County 9

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