Thursday, December 12, 2013 4:26 PM
Published on: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
Tyler Boyd dazzled fans from the onset, returning the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown to lead Pennsylvania to a 58-27 victory over Maryland on June 15 in the 56th annual Big 33 Football Classic before 6,000 spectators at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa.
Boyd, a Clairton, Pa., product and University of Pittsburgh recruit, had a hand in five Pennsylvania touchdowns and also caught, ran and threw a touchdown pass in the game. He was named Pennsylvania’s team MVP for his efforts.
Meanwhile, University of Maryland recruit and former Gilman quarterback Shane Cockerille was named Maryland’s team MVP.
Cockerille, who began his high school career at DeMatha before transferring to Gilman, completed 13 passes for 247 yards including two touchdowns. He also ran for a one-yard score in the second quarter.
The game marked a reunion for Team Maryland after a 21-year hiatus.
Prince George’s County was represented by Northwestern’s John Johnson (Boston College) and Darius Victor (Towson) along with student-athletes from Wise, Bishop McNamara and Suitland.
“It means a lot because not everybody gets to do it and to be chosen amongst 33, that’s a big honor,” said Johnson.
Maryland recruit Milan Collins was McNamara’s lone representative while St. Augustine recruit Breontae Matthews represented Suitland.
Meanwhile, Wise had several student-athletes participating in the game including Miles Humphrey (Shepherd), D’Angelo Niler (ASA), Jai Franklin (Old Dominion) and Antonio Harris (Towson).
“It feels great because Wise is only a seventh year program so that makes me and my other teammates the first Wise players to ever participate in the Big 33,” said Humphrey. “It was a great experience and my host family really made it one of the best experiences in my life.”
Humphrey was also joined on the Big 33 roster by Wise head coach DaLawn Parrish who was a Maryland assistant during the game.
“What I’ll remember about this whole experience is playing on NFL Network,” added Humphrey. “God gave me the opportunity to shine and I took advantage of the opportunity.”