Sunday, December 08, 2013 8:35 PM
Published on: Thursday, January 10, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
Quince Orchard head coach Dave Mencarini has been selected to participate in the Big 33 Football Classic.
Mencarini is among a group of assistants from around the state that have been named to Gilman head coach Biff Poggi’s Big 33 staff.
The game will match a team of Maryland all-stars against a team of top players from Pennsylvania on June 15 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa.
The high school football rivalry between the two states is being renewed after a 21-year hiatus. Pennsylvania and Maryland competed against each other from 1985-1992 before Maryland was replaced by Ohio.
Maryland holds a 2-6 record against their Pennsylvania counterparts.
A five-year agreement was forged between officials from the Maryland Football Coaches Association and the Big 33 Scholarship Foundation, Inc. to continue a game that has been billed as the “Super Bowl of High School Football” in past years.
NCAA rules restrict players to only two all-star games but because the Big 33 Football Classic will take place after graduation that rule will not apply to someone who has already reached the limit. So it’s possible we could see student-athletes who also competed in the Crab Bowl and/or Chesapeake Bowl playing in the Big 33 game.
Damascus senior Zach Bradshaw played in the Crab Bowl and said he would be honored if he were selected to participate in the Big 33.
“That would mean a lot,” said Bradshaw, who has verbally committed to the University of Virginia. “I know that’s a very big game.”
Northwest head coach and Gaithersburg graduate Michael Neubeiser, who competed in the 1990 Big 33 Football Classic, has fond memories from the game.
“It was an awesome experience,” said Neubeiser, who went on to play linebacker and special teams at Wake Forest. Ironically, Neubeiser was also once an assistant at Quince Orchard under Mencarini.