It's showdown time for Maryland, Virginia Unexpected awaits in first Classic HIGH SCHOOLS

July 24, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

The Maryland and Virginia squads playing in the inaugural Chesapeake Football Classic tonight at Byrd Stadium don't know a lot about each other, but they know enough to be impressed.

"Both squads think the other one looks great," said the game's director, Jerry Franks, a vice principal and former coach at Calvert County's Northern High. "It seems that there's apprehension on the part of both teams as to what the other team's going to end up being like."

The game, which replaces the 8-year-old Pennsylvania/Maryland Big 33 game, matches all-star teams of graduated seniors from Maryland and Virginia.

Team Maryland's coaching staff, headed by Dave Caruthers, whose Linganore Lancers were state 3A runners-up last fall after winning the title in 1989 and '91, and Virginia's are operating under limitations they are unaccustomed to in high school.

On defense, each team must play from a 4-3 formation with no stunting. Also, the secondary is confined to man-to-man coverage, and linemen must go nose-to-nose with offensive players.

Offensively, there can be no shifting and no unbalanced lines, with at least one set-back, and teams must run passing plays at least 40 percent of the time.

Four Baltimore Sun first-team All-Metro players are on the Maryland squad: Mount St. Joseph defensive lineman Dave Sunderland, C. Milton Wright linebacker Brad Fordyce, North County receiver Mike Quarles and Severna Park offensive lineman Chad DuBeau.

Sunderland, who is headed for Lehigh, had 87 tackles -- including 48 solos -- and 10 sacks for Mount St. Joseph. Fordyce, who will attend Springfield, had 203 tackles, 103 solo. He also caught 16 passes for a Harford County-high 393 yards and four touchdowns.

In Quarles, Montgomery College-Rockville is getting Anne Arundel County's 1992 Player of the Year. Quarles completed his fourth starting season with 1,399 all-purpose yards and a metro record 67 pass receptions for 901 yards and nine touchdowns.

Gaithersburg defensive lineman Ronnie Lewis, who is headed for Towson State, was a Washington Post All-Metro pick after collecting 120 tackles and 17 sacks. He also forced seven fumbles and recovered five fumbles to help the state 4A $H champion Trojans.

Team Maryland also features former Pallotti quarterback and Columbia University-bound Jason Boseck, who passed for 2,460 yards and 28 touchdowns last fall.

Leading the way for Virginia should be six Post All-Metro players: running back Torry Scales, linebacker Mike Hertz, punter/defensive back Brian Holtorf, defensive lineman Kyle Ganley, defensive back Robb Harris and defensive end Jason Giska.

"There are a lot of explosive players, so I look for it to be a high-scoring game," said Franks.

FACTS AND FIGURES

What: Inaugural Chesapeake Football Classic

When: Tonight, 7:30

Where: Byrd Stadium, College Park

Who: Maryland All-Stars vs. Virginia All-Stars (1992-93 high school seniors)

Tickets: $5 (available at the gate)

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM), WAMD (970 AM)

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