Baltimore All-Stars fall to Washington in Crab Bowl

Five turnovers, including four interceptions of Cosh, lead to 24-21 loss

  • Baltimore All-Star quarterback Josh Bordner (Century), left, is wrapped up for no gain by Washington All-Star Raymond Vernt in the second quarter.
Baltimore All-Star quarterback Josh Bordner (Century), left,… (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene…)
December 22, 2009|By Todd Karpovich | Special to The Baltimore Sun

In a senior All-Star football game that was supposed to be a showcase for Baltimore-area quarterbacks, it was Washington's defense that stole the show.

The Washington team forced five turnovers, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns, and raced to a 24-21 victory in Monday night's second annual Crab Bowl at Towson University's snow-filled Johnny Unitas Stadium. Washington sealed the game when it stopped Baltimore on fourth-and-5 from the 10-yard line with four seconds remaining.

"It was fun and a good experience with all of the talent here," said Arundel quarterback Billy Cosh, The Baltimore Sun's co-Offensive Player of the Year, who will play at Kansas State next season. "All the guys did well. We did the best we could. I'm ready for Kansas State. I'm excited."

It was the second victory for Washington, which won, 38-21, last year.

Five of the six quarterbacks on the rosters were from Baltimore-area schools. Rudy Johnson of McDonogh and Edmondson's Jerry Lovelocke each played for Washington because the local talent pool was so deep. Century's Josh Bordner, Loyola's Connor Bruns and Cosh took snaps for Baltimore.

Old Mill's Josh Furman, who shared The Sun's co-Offensive Player of the Year honors with Cosh, did not play in the game because of an injury.

Cosh, who owns 13 state passing records, completed 29 of 52 passes for 277 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions.

Washington opened the scoring just three minutes into the game when Good Counsel's Louis Young intercepted Cosh and raced 75 yards with 9:43 left in the first quarter. Washington increased the lead to 14-0 when DeMatha's Lorenzo Waters intercepted Bordner and ran 27 yards down the sideline.

A 65-yard run by Brian Lucas of Damascus through the right side of the line increased the lead to 21-0. Cosh then got Baltimore back into the game with touchdown passes to Atholton's Matt Robinson and Linganore's Ryan Dixon of 32 and 5 yards, respectively, and Baltimore trailed 24-14 at the half.

As the temperature dipped below 30 degrees in the third quarter, Cosh pulled Baltimore to within seven with a 23-yard pass to fellow Wildcat R.J. Harris with two minutes left in the third quarter. Dunbar's Josh Alaeze forced a fumble with 4:17 left to give Baltimore the ball on Washington's 20, but the drive ended when Cosh was intercepted by Good Counsel's A.J. Bowman with three minutes remaining.

Baltimore got the ball on its own 37 with two minutes left, and Cosh got the team down to Washington's 10 but could not convert.

"It was a lot of very good talent," said Meade receiver Teldrick Morgan, who caught two passes for 27 yards and has not decided on a school. "It's great to play with the best. We just tried to keep things simple." Wash. 6 18 0 0 - 24Balt. 0 14 7 0 - 21W-Young 75 interception (kick failed)

W-Waters 27 interception (Johnson pass to Shepherd)

W-Lucas 65 run (Carpenter kick)

B-Cosh 32 pass to Robinson (Johns kick)

B-Cosh 5 pass to Dixon (Johns kick)

W-Carpenter 42 FG

B-Cosh 23 pass to Harris (Johns kick)

Old Mill's Furman picks Michigan
Old Mill senior running back Josh Furman, The Baltimore Sun's co-Offensive Player of the Year, announced Monday night that he will play football at Michigan.

Furman, who also was considering Virginia Tech, made the announcement during the Crab Bowl All-Star game at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium. Furman did not play in the game because of a knee injury.

Furman, 6 feet 3 and 200 pounds, helped top-ranked Old Mill win the Class 4A state championship this month, finishing the season with 2,285 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns.

In the two games leading up to the state final - in which he was sidelined after six carries - he ran for 615 yards and scored eight touchdowns, including 414 yards and six touchdowns in a 58-55 double-overtime win over then-No. 1 Arundel in the regional final.

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