BOWIE — — Coach Brian Van Deusen said his Baltimore team wasn't crazy enough to go for a fourth-and-1 from its own 21-yard line with 5:16 remaining in Saturday's Crab Bowl against Washington.
But that's exactly what happened when a miscommunication forced the snap and Loyola quarterback Mike Fafaul was stuffed by a gang of tacklers. Not to be outdone, the Baltimore defense managed a big stop of its own on the ensuing possession on a fourth-and-1 from the 11.
That sequence paved the way for Baltimore's 21-17 victory before an announced 2,658 at Bowie State. It was Baltimore's first victory in the three-year history of the senior all-star game.
"We were not going for it. We were trying to get them to jump offside," said Van Deusen, the head coach at River Hill. "It put our defense in a tough spot. But they came through and made some big plays for us."
Glenelg's Colin Osborne led Baltimore with two touchdown receptions from 43 and 50 yards. Friendly's Sherrod Baltimore led Washington with three interceptions.
"It was a great experience," said Osborne, who will play at James Madison. "The practices were fun. They weren't intense, but not too chilled either."
Midway through the third quarter, Fafaul marched Baltimore 81 yards on nine plays, capped by a 43-yard pass to Osborne for a 14-10 lead with 6:28 left in the quarter. Two plays later, Damascus quarterback Connor Frazier found teammate Brandon Phelps on a 51-yard touchdown pass and Washington led again by three.
Baltimore then used some trickery on the first play of the fourth quarter to take control of the game. North Harford halfback Brandon Bayer took a pitch from Bohemia Manor quarterback Madison Neddo and threw a 50-yard strike to Osborne for a 21-17 lead with 14 minutes left in the game.
After the fourth-down stop, Baltimore closed out the game by gaining three first downs in the final two minutes. Calvert Hall's Daniel Yarborough, The Baltimore Sun's Defensive Player of the Year, said the players took pride representing Baltimore.
"We represent a lot of schools," Yarborough said. "We haven't won it before, so we had to start it off right. We blended so easily. It was like a family."
Washington opened the scoring on its second possession with a 29-yard field goal by DeMatha's Michael Branthover, who is headed to Virginia Tech next season.
The teams' practice schedules were interrupted because of Thursday's snowfall and both teams struggled to get their offense going in the early part of the game.
Calvert Hall's Adrian Amos helped set up Baltimore's first touchdown by streaking down the sideline and hauling in a 31-yard pass from Neddo on the 15. Three plays later, Walkersville's Quentin Ezell scored from the 5 and Baltimore led 7-3 with 7:22 left in the half.
Washington responded with a seven-play, 96-yard drive to regain the lead. Frazier completed all five of his passes for 89 yards on the drive, including an 18-yard touchdown to Milton Williams of Frederick Douglas for a 10-7 lead at the half.
Baltimore – 0 7 7 7 – 21
Washington – 3 7 7 0 – 17
W- Branthover 29 FG B – Ezell 5 run (Rivera kick)
W- Williams 18 yards from Frazier (Branthover kick)
B – Osborne 43 yards from Fafaul (Rivera kick)
W- Phelps 51 pass from Frazier (Branthover kick)
B – Osborne 50 pass from Bayer (Rivera kick)