The Maryland Scholastic Football Coaches Association has reached a tentative agreement with the Northern Virginia high school coaches association to hold a summer senior all-star game, to be called the Chesapeake Classic, at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium on July 24 or July 31.
"There's still a few logistical problems, but we should be able to iron those details out," Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall said. "I think with our experience in the Big 33 the past eight years, we have a strong toehold on how to successfully run such an event."
According to former Northern High School football coach Jerry Franks, the MSFCA spokesman and organizer for the game, everything should be finalized by Monday.
"We have a state coaches meeting that day, and I hope to be able to walk in and make a presentation of the game to the coaches," said Franks, who coached Maryland's Big 33 all-star team against Pennsylvania last year. Maryland's head coach for the Chesapeake Classic and four assistant coaches are expected to be elected at Monday's meeting.
The MSFCA had been searching for an opponent for a summer all-star game since Pennsylvania dropped Maryland from the annual Big 33 series after July's contest in Hershey, Pa. Pennsylvania, with a 6-2 edge in the series, dropped Maryland in favor of a three-year contract with Ohio.
"From what I know from having talked to Jerry [Franks], the contracts are in the mail," said Francis Dall, the Lake Braddock (Va.) High football coach and Northern Virginia game spokesman. "I think Jerry and I have a mutual trust and friendship that we can get this game off the ground. Let's just say I would be shocked if we didn't get a game."