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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,Staff writer | March 3, 1992
First impressions do mean a lot, and anyone who has ever seen North County's Anthony Walker play football is not likely to forget him.And the state's football coaches haven't.Walker, the Anne Arundel County Sun Football Player of the Year, has become the first county player named to the Big 33 high school football all-star game in two years.Football coaches around Maryland, including Jerry Franks of Northern High in Calvert County, remembered the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder very well."I remember him as a sophomore at Brooklyn Park High.
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Archbishop Curley football coach Sean Murphy jokes that he would rather coach Team Maryland in the Big 33 All-Star Classic two or three years from now. That way Murphy, named Maryland's head coach for the 58th Annual Big 33 Classic on June 13 at Hersheypark Stadium, wouldn't have so much to live up to. This summer, Maryland upset Pennsylvania, 31-24, in double overtime with River Hill coach Brian Van Deusen leading the state to only its third...
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By Tara Finnegan | July 29, 1991
There were 34 of the best high-school football players in the state chosen for the Maryland Big 33 team.Most of them were playing together for the first time. But in a week's time, teamwork would prevail and Maryland would defeat Pennsylvania, 17-9, for the first time since 1987.Each of them carried away more than just the victory; he carried away a special friendship."They learned to appreciate people from different areas of the state and different walks of life to a certain extent," Doug DuVall, Maryland Big 33 coach and Wilde Lake High School football coach, said.
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By Paul Pierre-Louis, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
HERSHEY, PA -- Maryland first played in the Big 33 Football Classic in 1985, but as players stood alongside the 45-yard line at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday evening for the starting lineups, the scene was relatively new. Though Maryland was dominated last year during its first appearance in the high school all-star game since 1992, it looked to finally prove that it could compete in an environment where it has historically struggled. Maryland beat Pennsylvania only twice during the last Big 33 series, which lasted eight years.
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By Tara Finnegan | July 26, 1991
This week, the players on the Maryland Big 33 team, in Hershey, Pa., for the annual all-star football game against Pennsylvania's top players, have been practicing more than tackles; they have been working on hugs.Each player has been paired for the week with a "special buddy," a United Cerebral Palsy child. Most of these physically or mentally handicapped children attend a UCP camp in nearby Camp Hill, Pa."They really enjoy the kids," said Doug DuVall, Maryland's Big 33 coach."When they're together as a group, they're tough on each other," said DuVall, Wilde Lake High School's football coach.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer | July 25, 1992
Andre Martin remembers watching the Big 33 Football Classic last summer on television, and wondering if he would earn a chance to play in such a high-profile game.After playing a critical role as a defensive back/running back during Wilde Lake's drive to its third state high school championship last fall, Martin got his wish.Tonight at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa., Martin and three other Wilde Lake stars -- linebacker Brent Guyton, offensive lineman James Easterly and quarterback Phil White -- will represent the state in the final game between the top 33 graduating seniors from Maryland and Pennsylvania.
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By Dave Glassman and Dave Glassman,Special to The Evening Sun | July 24, 1991
HERSHEY, Pa. -- In the land of Three Mile Island and Hershey chocolate, the word "melt" must be used, uh, judiciously. No sense in alarming the natives.So, let the players on Maryland's Big 33 football team -- practicing twice a day at a high school on a hilltop overlooking Hersheypark Stadium -- tactfully describe the experience."We're taking a lot of water breaks," said Forest Park's Josh Austin. "The last couple of days it's been 102.""On the mountain we get a little breeze," said Randallstown running back Larry Washington, The Evening Sun's Athlete of the Year.
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March 6, 1991
The state Big 33 football roster boasts eight area players, including The Evening Sun Player of the Year, Randallstown's Larry Washington. He will attend the University of Maryland next fall, as will Big 33 teammate Raphael Wall of Wilde Lake. Both are running backs.Also on the state squad that will face the Pennsylvania senior all-stars at HersheyPark stadium on July 27 are Gilman's Jamal Cox and Keith Kormanik, Poly's Lenard Marcus, Wilde Lake's Ricky Rowe, C. Milton Wright's Daryl Smith and Aberdeen's Byron Turner.
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By Tara Finnegan | July 27, 1991
The phone rings Wednesday night in Doug Duvall's hotel room in Harrisburg, Pa.On the first ring, he answers, "Big 33, this is the winning side."Duvall, head coach of Maryland's Big 33 football team, which will face Pennsylvania's all-stars tonight at 7 at Hersheypark Stadium, said he and the team say this year is Maryland's turn to win."The kids have great attitudes. We think we are going to win," DuVall said. "They are the magic guys."Even the players, selected from among the best of the 1991 class, apparently feel a touch of the supernatural.
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By Tara Finnegan and Tara Finnegan,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 28, 1991
HERSHEY, Pa. -- The magic came alive before 18,552 fans at Hersheypark Stadium last night.Maryland's Big 33 football team, which coach Doug DuVall (Wilde Lake) dubbed "the magic team," defeated Pennsylvania, 17-9, in the 34th Big 33 Football Classic."It was something magic," DuVall said. "They have set a high mark for Maryland high school football."It [the win] makes Maryland football legitimate."This was the first time Maryland had won a Big 33 game since 1987, when it defeated Pennsylvania, 26-22.
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By Aaron Dodson, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
Former McDonogh star safety Josh Woods had to do his research. When the Maryland commit received an email in early January saying he'd been selected to represent his home state in the Big 33 Football Classic - an annual interstate all-star game for top high school football players - he had no clue what it meant. Woods had never heard of the 57-year-old game, which is known for its Super Bowl streak - there has not been a Super Bowl that didn't include a Big 33 alumnus. He was unaware that notable NFL players such as Dan Marino, Joe Namath and Joe Montana had played in the game.
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Maryland's roster will include eleven local players for the 57th Annual Big 33 High School Football All-Star Classic showdown with Pennsylvania June 14 at  Hersheypark  Stadium. Four of the players selected by coach Brian Van Deusen (River Hill) and his staff hail from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference while seven come from public school teams. Most of the local players are offensive players with five lineman expected to help bolster an area the Maryland team struggled with in last year's 58-37 loss.
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2014
The Maryland roster for the Big 33 Football Classic will be announced in early March, but the names of a few local players have already been released. McDonogh's Josh Woods, Meade's Jake Hawk, Fallston's Alex Helm and Archbishop Spalding's Zach Abey will play in the all-star game, which pits Maryland's best high school football players against Pennsylvania's. River Hill coach Brian Van Deusen is the head coach for the Maryland team that will try to avenge last season's 58-27 loss to Pennsylvania when it heads to Hersheypark Stadium for the June 14 classic.
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By Ryan Hood, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2013
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Many high school graduates spend their final night before college with family and friends. The five Terrapins-to-be on the Maryland team in Saturday night's Big 33 Classic spent theirs where they'll be for much of the next 4 to 5 years: on a football field. The Maryland team's 58-27 loss to Pennsylvania in the annual high school all-star game marked the end of a life chapter for Shane Cockerille (Gilman), Milan Collins (Bishop McNamara), Elvis Dennah (Annapolis Area Christian)
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By Seth Boster, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2013
HERSHEY, Pa. -- If its first few minutes returning to the Big 33 Classic were any indicator, Maryland didn't belong. Returning as Pennsylvania's opponent in the annual high school football all-star game for the first time in 21 years, Maryland opened the game at Hersheypark Stadium by allowing Tyler Boyd to take back the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. The hosts scored the first 28 points in a 58-27 victory, as Maryland used the rest of the night finding its footing in the territory it had left in 1992.
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June 14, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Barker and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. What do you make of former Terps quarterback Danny O'Brien leaving Wisconsin and looking for a new school? Jeff Barker: First, a global comment. The NCAA rule allowing many graduate students to play immediately after transferring has had a noteworthy effect on the game. It has generated a class of college “free agents,” of which former Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson is perhaps the best known.
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By Chuck Acquisto and Chuck Acquisto,Contributing Writer | March 25, 1993
The first Chesapeake Football Classic all-star game, betwee Maryland high school seniors against Northern Virginia's top players, became official yesterday.The Chesapeake Classic, to be played July 24 at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium at 7:30 p.m., is the result of six months of negotiations between the Maryland Scholastic Football Coaches Association and the Northern Virginia Football Coaches Association."The exposure our high school players and programs received through our involvement with the Big 33 game with Pennsylvania during the last eight years was tremendous, and many kids were rewarded with college scholarship opportunities," said Jerry Franks, Chesapeake Classic director and former Northern football coach.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer | July 26, 1992
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Judging by last night's results, the end of Maryland's eight-year high school football rivalry with Pennsylvania has come at the right time.Pennsylvania wasted little time turning the Big 33 Football Classic into a mismatch, scoring touchdowns on its first three possessions to set the tone for a 38-0 romp before 17,114 at Hersheypark Stadium. It was the largest margin of victory in the history of the series, which Pennsylvania won, 6-2Pennsylvania had only nine first downs, but averaged 8.9 yards a play to out-gain Maryland 399-40.
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By Seth Boster, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
Gilman's Biff Poggi was looking forward to one final chance to coach his son, Henry Poggi, the Greyhounds standout and Michigan-bound defensive lineman. "I sure would've liked to coach him one more time," said Biff Poggi, the original coach of the Maryland team in Saturday's Big 33 Football Classic at Hersheypark Stadium who stepped down from the position last week for reasons he discussed in a phone call Friday afternoon. "It's a different schedule than I thought it was going to be," said Biff Poggi, who coached in this year's Under Armour All-America Game and was previously on staff in the 2011 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and Chesapeake Bowl.
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By Ryan Hood, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
One of Randy Edsall's goals in his final year at Susquehannock High School in Glen Rock, Pa., was to be named to the Pennsylvania roster for the Big 33 Football Classic. Although he wasn't selected for the 1976 game despite being an all-state quarterback, the Maryland football coach was ecstatic last October when he learned the state of Maryland would return to the high school football all-star game this year. The Maryland Football Coaches Association signed a five-year agreement with the Big 33 Scholarship Foundation, Inc., last fall to renew the state's participation in the game after a 21-year hiatus.
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