Maryland All-Stars fall in end, 11-7 Visitors take quick lead in Mason-Dixon, but win goes to Pennsylvania

July 12, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

CARLISLE, Pa. -- Two weeks ago, Dunbar All-Metros Dahnel Singfield and Kirk Williams helped the Maryland All-Stars beat the Northern Virginia All-Stars in the sixth Chesapeake Football Classic at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium.

And each played a critical role for another group of Maryland All-Stars in its narrow, 11-7 loss to Pennsylvania in last night's inaugural Shriners' Mason-Dixon All-Star Classic at Carlisle High.

Maryland took a 7-0 lead after forcing Pennsylvania to punt for the second time in as many possessions and scoring with 2: 17 left in the first period. At the half, the advantage had been trimmed to 7-2.

Pennsylvania went ahead in the game's final 4: 55 before an estimated crowd of 5,500 on a 6-yard scoring run by MVP Paul Northern and sealed it with Geoff Hyle's 32-yard field goal with 1: 59 to play after a fumble recovery.

But Singfield, a two-time All-Met headed for Buffalo, had two interceptions, one of which he returned 32 yards, seven tackles and broke up several passes to earn Most Valuable Player honors for Maryland.

"Coming into the game, I didn't listen to the hype about us not having a chance. And the difference was that I didn't drop balls," said Singfield, a 6-foot-3, 180-pounder who dropped three passes against Northern Virginia.

"I felt good, and I came out and played a better game."

Williams (6 feet 2, 240), who is not a full qualifier academically, said he is headed for Morgan State, "because Maryland [which offered him a scholarship] would not send me to prep school."

Williams, who won the Sportsmanship Award in the Chesapeake Classic, also had seven tackles, but All-Met Defensive Player of the Year Lou Georgalas (Calvert Hall) led the way for Maryland with three of his six solo tackles in the first half and nine tackles overall.

"Coming in, our coaches told us our defense could win the game on speed and fitness and endurance, and I thought, straight up, we should have won despite their size," said the 6-3, 225-pound, Pennsylvania-bound Georgalas, whose team had four turnovers.

"But the mistakes; we can't keep giving them the ball on our side of the field."

Aberdeen All-Met E.J. Henderson had eight tackles and Oakland Mills' Gregg Kellett had a fumble recovery to go with seven tackles in the game, the first time since the Big 33 ended in 1992 that a team of Maryland's All-Star football players has faced some of Pennsylvania's best players.

"Our own coaches association in Maryland did not support us, and few people gave us a chance," said Randallstown coach Bruce Strunk, an assistant to head coach Ben Wright (Thomas Johnson).

"Pennsylvania averaged about 300 pounds on the line, and came out and wore us out in the third period because we averaged about 230, so under the circumstances, I'm happy about how we played."

In the first quarter, Maryland's Jason Thompson (Damascus) completed a 37-yard scoring pass to Tre Brady (Potomac) and Curt Rubenstein (Bowie) kicked the extra point.

Thompson set up the score with a 14-yard pass to Tanardo Sharps (Meade) on third-and-eight that was good for a first down at the Pennsylvania 42.

The contest was played before an estimated crowd of 5,500.

Pennsylvania 11, Maryland 7

Maryland ... 7 0 0 0 -- 7

Pennsylvania 2 0 0 9 -- 11

M -- Brady 37 pass from Thompson (Rubenstein kick).

P -- Safety.

P -- Northern 6 run (pass failed).

P -- Hyle 32 FG.

Pub Date: 7/12/98

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