Baltimore Co. after respect against MSA senior stars

December 05, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

The proof will be in the hitting during tomorrow's 11th annua Greater Baltimore Football Classic at Johns Hopkins University.

Each of the 90 players that step onto Homewood Field 1l for the annual battle between the Maryland Scholastic Association and Baltimore County senior all-stars, will have something to prove.

From the 12:30 p.m. kickoff to the final whistle, the MSA contingent will try to show why it has won seven of the 10 prior meetings, including the past five.

The Baltimore County team -- and its huge offensive line -- will try to earn back some of the respect it feels the county has lost with its string of defeats.

But it goes beyond that.

With the MSA team composed of players from A, B and C conference schools, individuals from each conference will be trying to earn respect from their peers, who they can now call teammates.

Players' motives for success may differ, but Severn School and MSA coach Jim Doyle says their intentions will only make for more excitement come game time.

"The county hasn't won in a while, so they want some respect, but my players are looking forward to the challenge," said Doyle, who served as an assistant with the team in 1989 and 1990. "It's that MSA pride. I don't want to be the coach that loses and breaks the streak and they don't want to be the players who lose it."

Patterson's John Sauer will start at fullback in the MSA backfield with City quarterback Terrence Suber, The Baltimore Sun's Offensive Player of the Year. Suber, who rushed for 652 yards and seven touchdowns during the Knights' undefeated, championship season, is a double threat any time he gets the ball, having passed for an additional 944 yards and seven touchdowns.

"Everybody has been taking this game very seriously," said Suber. "We're talented in all positions, and we want to prove again that the MSA is stronger than the county."

Sauer, too, would like to win, but he's thrilled just to be playingand is ready to show what players from the B Conference are made of.

"It's an honor playing with guys who are the best players in thleague," said Sauer, 6 feet 1, 205 pounds. "Playing in the B Conference, you hear about how good the A Conference players are, and they are bigger, but I've seen guys on our team from C Conference schools who are just as good."

Perry Hall's Charles "House" Adams has seen enough of the Baltimore County team to convince him that the streak will come to an end.

"I think we're going to take it this year," said Adams, 6-5, 295, a big reason the Gators finished 9-2. "We're bigger than them, we got speed in the backfield [with Overlea's Tyrese Barmer] and we have the defense."

Most of the same high school rules apply, but additional regulations have been added to prevent injuries and promote more offense. The two biggest changes are that each player is guaranteed to play at least one quarter, and stunting or blitzing by the defenses is prohibited.

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