Maryland seniors again get shot against Pennsylvania Shrine classic renews rivalry of Big 33 game

High Schools

July 11, 1998|By Ryan Basen | Ryan Basen,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

For the first time since 1992, high school football stars from Maryland will line up against their counterparts from the north.

In the new Mason-Dixon Shrine game, 34 of the best high school football players from Maryland, all seniors last season, will take on some of Pennsylvania's best players.

The game will be played at 7 p.m. tonight at Ken Millen Field in Carlisle, Pa., former site of the Washington Redskins' training camp.

The two states played eight all-star games from 1985 to 1992 in the Big 33 classic. Pennsylvania won six.

Maryland's team features eight Sun All-Metro first-team picks, including Loui Georgalas, a lineman from Calvert Hall, who was the Defensive Player of the Year.

Other All-Metro first-teamers are: Dahnel Singfield (Dunbar), 0` Warren Smith (City), Tanardo Sharps (Meade), Darnell Pearsall (Lake Clifton), E.J. Henderson (Aberdeen), Kirk Williams (Dunbar) and Jason Shupert (Hereford).

Brian Bandurchin (Hereford), Gregg Kellet (Oakland Mills), Reggie Leak (Walbrook) and Durrand Roundtree (Lansdowne) are the other Baltimore-area players on the roster.

Roundtree is listed at running back, but will start at defensive end, a position he may play in the fall at Maryland.

"He will be rushing the passer and should make a lot of plays," said Maryland all-star coach Ben Wright (Thomas Johnson). "He has lots of potential. He's big, strong and fast."

Look for City's Smith to play a lot of wide receiver, even though he'll start at defensive back. According to Wright, Smith, at 6 feet 4, matches up well against Pennsylvania's starting receivers, both listed at 6-4. Singfield will also start at defensive back.

Dunbar's Williams, an All-Metro linebacker, will line up at tight end for the first time.

"He's very athletic and has good hands for a tight end," said Wright.

On the offensive and defensive lines, the team is undersized.

"We're a little more hampered in terms of linemen," Wright said. "We'll be going up against guys who weigh 350, even 380 pounds."

Georgalas, who will start, weighs 225 pounds.

Wright said that's a problem he can work around. "We're quicker [than Pennsylvania] and speed will beat size any time," he said. "We can't run them over, obviously."

Coaches selected the players for the Maryland team after they were nominated by the media. "We picked kids for this game that can play both ways, to give us more depth," Wright said. "Almost every kid on the roster can play both ways."

This game is the brainchild of Jim Stephenson, the Mason-Dixon Classic managing director. He is a retiree from California who worked with Shriners Hospitals for Children. When he moved from California to Waynesboro, Pa., last year, he said, he was surprised that no game existed between the two states.

"I saw a lot of talent left on the board," Stephenson said. "There was so much talent not playing in all-star games."

This will be the second all-star game for Maryland this summer. Last month, Maryland defeated Northern Virginia in the Chesapeake Classic, 29-20. Maryland has participated in the Chesapeake Classic since 1993.

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Maryland Mason-Dixon Shrine roster

Name, Position, School, College

Jason Thompson, QB, Damascus, James Madison

Cornell Hawkins, QB, Gaithersburg, Montgomery College

Curt Rubinstein, P/K/QB, Bowi,e Fordham

Reggie Leak, DB/WR, Walbrook, undecided

Dahnel Singfield, DB/WR, Dunbar, Buffalo

Tre Brady, DB/WR, Potomac, Massachusetts

Marlon Moore, DB/WR, Potomac, Maryland

J.J. Jafari, DB/WR, Calvert, Towson

Warren Smith, DB/WR, City, Maryland

Tanardo Sharps, RB/DB, Meade, Fork Union Academy

Andrew Wimsatt, TE, Damascus, Northwestern

Zach Hilton, TE, G. Counsel, North Carolina

Durrand Roundtree, RB, Lansdowne, Maryland

Darnell Pearsall, RB, Lake Clifton, undecided

Kenny Watkins Jr., RB/LB, Allegany, Shepherd

E.J. Henderson, RB/LB, Aberdeen, Maryland

Gregg Kellett, RB/LB, Oakland Mills, Marshall

Kirk Williams, LB/RB, Dunbar, Maryland

Vaughn McAfee, LB, Riverdale Baptist, Norfolk State

Corey Smith, LB, McNamara, Maryland

Branson Wray, C, Calvert, Salisbury State

Jim Casey, L, Damascus, Lehigh

Tim Falls, L, Damascus, Penn State

Retesh Seegopaul, L, Laurel, Fort Valley State

Brian Bandurchin, L, Hereford, Towson

Hans Harris, L, Einstein, undecided

Joe Eader, L, Damascus, Evangel

Jason Shupert, L, Hereford, Towson

Loui Georgalas, L, Calvert Hall, Pennsylvania

Rashad Harris, L, Friendly, undecided

Kareem Licorish, L, Bullis Prep, Northwestern

Mike Seton, L, Wheaton, Towson

James Johnson, L, Magruder, Bowie State

Sedric Scott, L, Riverdale Baptist, undecided

Head Coach: Ben Wright (Thomas Johnson). Assistants: Eric Knight (Potomac), Ed Ashwell (Albert Einstein), Bruce Strunk (Randallstown). Trainer: Jim Abbott (Walkersville).

Fact box

What: Inaugural Shriners' Mason-Dixon All-Star Classic

Who: High school football all-stars from Maryland and Pennsylvania who were seniors last season

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.

Where: Ken Millen Field, Carlisle, Pa.

Tickets: $12 reserved; $8 general admission

Pub Date: 7/11/98

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