Busy week faces county's Cheasapeake Classic trio

July 18, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Kevin Simons wants to play Division I football, and he hopes to catch the eye of at least one college coach next weekend.

Rest assured few could overlook Simons, a 6-foot-8, 275-pound lineman from Aberdeen, even in Saturday's inaugural Chesapeake Classic Football All-Star Game at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium.

The game will pit 35 of Maryland's seniors from last season against the best from Northern Virginia at 7:30 p.m.

However, Simons works hard to draw some attention with more than just his size. An All-Harford County lineman who led the Eagles with 73 tackles last fall, Simons will spend the next couple of years at Potomac State, a junior college in Keyser, W. Va.

"I really didn't excel that much in high school," said Simons. "Going to Potomac State, I'll learn a lot and hopefully get better so I can transfer to a Division I school."

Two other All-Harford County selections will join Simons for the event -- C. Milton Wright stars Brad Fordyce and Chris Gill.

For the county champ Mustangs, Fordyce and Gill combined for 13 touchdowns.

The Baltimore Sun's Harford County Player of the Year last fall, Fordyce led the county in tackles and finished among the leaders in pass receiving. For 10 games, the 6-0, 185-pounder had 203 defensive hits, including 103 solo tackles and caught 16 passes for a county-high 393 yards and four touchdowns.

Tailback Gill, headed for James Madison, ran for more than 1,000 yards, caught 10 passes for 136 yards and scored 13 touchdowns despite an injury-plagued season.

Mustangs' coach Steve Harward also will serve as an assistant to head coach Dave Carruthers of Linganore High in Frederick County.

"Getting three guys out of the county at any one time for something like this is really something significant. We only had a sprinkling of guys through the years of the Big 33," said Harward, referring to the annual high school all-star game with Pennsylvania that was discontinued after last year.

This week, the players will stay with host families in Frederick whilethey attend two-a-day practices through Tuesday. Only one practice is set for each of the next three days leaving time for a full slate of other activities.

The social schedule includes taking in a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards as the Orioles meet the Kansas City Royals. A pool party is planned for Tuesday. Wednesday, the players will ++ visit a handicapped facility and spend some time with the children there.

Of course, the players look forward to Saturday night's game most of all.

"I just think it'll be a great experience," said Fordyce, who is headed for Springfield (Mass.) College. "I get to play with some of the best players from the area. Playing with them will help me prepare for college football."

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