Evans will be back at Byrd Stadium tonight at 7: 30, where he'll be among six of The Sun's All-Metro selections playing for Team Maryland against Northern Virginia's All-Stars in the sixth annual Chesapeake Football Classic.
Also participating for Maryland, which trails the series 3-2: two-time All-Metro wide receiver Dahnel Singfield of Dunbar; All-Metro linebacker Kirk Williams of Dunbar; The Sun's All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year, quarterback Brant Hall of Loyola; All-Metro wide receiver Tavon Mason of Woodlawn; wide receiver Shaz Brown (Mount St. Joseph's); linebacker Al Jordan (Edgewood).
Maryland also boasts Washington Post All-Metro running back Walter Cross (Oxon Hill) and 6-foot-2, 220-pound fullback Josh Page, who led Fort Hill to last fall's 2A state title over Dunbar.
Last year's game, won by Maryland, 31-18, drew a series record 9,100 fans.
At Hereford, Evans set a single-season state record for extra points by making 75 of 84. He's 109-for-124 in his career and ranks third in Maryland history in all-time kicking points with 112. Over 13 games, Evans averaged a public school-best 48.9 yards per punt and allowed only one punt to be fielded.
Evans ranked third in tackles on a team that amassed nine shutouts and featured four first-team All-Metro picks and three second-teamers. Hereford was ranked No. 3 by The Sun.
"Coming from a small school like ours, this validates Roger Evans' dedication as a player," said Hereford coach Steve Turnbaugh.
Evans, who will attend Lackawanna (Pa.) Junior College, impressed scouts with his average hang time on punts of 4.8 seconds (with a best of 5.1), and was consistent on field goals inside 45 yards. "People knew about my stats, but they were waiting to see if I stacked up," he said.
Stacking up as perhaps Maryland's best quarterback tandem in the game is Hall and Seneca Valley's Brian Fleury.
Hall (6-0, 195) rushed for 497 yards and seven touchdowns and passed for 1,169 yards and 10 more scores to lead Loyola to a No. 1 area ranking and its third straight MIAA A Conference crown. Fleury (6-5, 210) earned Washington Post All-Metro honors with 2,025 passing yards and 26 touchdowns for the 4A state champs.
Game rules call for defenses to play a 4-3, with the secondaries going man-to-man against an offense that must pass 40 percent of the time with only one man in the backfield.
Said Singfield: "We're going to be hard to stop."
Maryland roster: Ryan Anselmo, DeMatha, OL; Bruce Banks, Northwestern, OL; Marvin Brown, DeMatha, RB; Shaz Brown, Mount St. Joseph, WR; Jason Caeser, McDonough, KR; Ben Caffee, Sherwood, OL; Erroll Chedwick, DeMatha, OL; Walter Cross, Oxon Hill, RB; John Day, DeMatha, TE; Brent Dial, Roosevelt, DB; Roger Evans, Hereford, PK/P; Brian Fleury, Seneca Valley, QB; Frank Gaither, Suitland, DB; Brant Hall, Loyola, QB; Cornell Hawkins, Gaithersburg, DB; Charles Hill, Roosevelt, DL; James Johnson, McNamara, WR; Jason Johnson, Seneca Valley, DL; Al Jordan, Edgewood, LB; Dwayne Lewis, Roosevelt, DB; Eric Steiner, McNamara, DL; Tavon Mason, Woodlawn, WR; Duricque Taylor, Seneca Valley, DB; Jason Neal, Seneca Valley, WR; George Selby, Gaithersburg, DL; Josh Page, Fort Hill, RB; Mike Page, Fort Hill, DB; Jason Scott, Gaithersburg, OL; Maurice Shaw, Suitland, WR; Dahnel Singfield, Dunbar, WR; Ryan Suter, Boonsboro, OL; Ben Thomas DeMatha, LB; David Upchurch, Roosevelt, DL; Artie Webb, Elkton, DL; Kirk Williams, Dunbar, LB.
Head coach: Terry Changuris, Seneca Valley. Assistants: Mitch Babishan, Seneca Valley; Nick Lynch, Suitland; Larry Raum, Seneca Valley; Bill Russell, Elkton; Steve Turnbaugh, Hereford.
Chesapeake Football Classic
What: Maryland seniors vs. Northern Virginia seniors in sixth annual all-star game.
Where: Byrd Stadium, College Park
When: Tonight, 7: 30
Tickets: $5 general, $8 reserved, $10 mezzanine. Available at gate.
TV: HTS, tape, Monday and next Friday, times TBA.
Series: Virginia leads 3-2.
Pub Date: 6/27/98