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Published on: Thursday, June 13, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

Team Maryland began preparation this week for Saturday’s Big 33 Football Classic in Hershey, Pa.

The 56th annual game at Hersheypark Stadium will match Pennsylvania’s top graduating seniors against their Maryland counterparts and will be broadcast live on the NFL Network.

Both teams opened practice Monday at Lower Dauphin High School in Pennsylvania.

All-Sentinel performers such as Tyler Ambush (Northwest), Andrew Ankrah (Quince Orchard), Rashard Budd (Damascus), Andrew Nickell (Damascus), Rachid Ibrahim (Avalon) and Jacquille Veii (Avalon) are among the players who have been selected to participate for the Maryland squad.

“It’s great because you’re playing with people that you know so it should be a good experience,” said Ambush.

Quince Orchard head coach Dave Mencarini, the All-Sentinel Coach of the Year last season, will lead the Maryland contingent against Pennsylvania’s top talent.

In past years, the Big 33 Football Classic has been a launching pad for a who’s who of football royalty amongst the competing states. Game alumni include Joe Namath, Tony Dorsett, Ben Roethlisberger, Richie Anderson and LaVar Arrington among others.

“It’s a great honor to represent my school and my family,” said Veii.

Meanwhile, Team Pennsylvania will boast Michigan State recruits Damion Terry and Delton Williams who were high school teammates at Cathedral Prep in Erie, Pa. The host team also features student-athletes who have signed to play at Pitt, Rutgers, Penn State and Temple.

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