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Seven local players to represent Maryland in revived rivalry

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Published on: Friday, April 05, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

Maryland native DaLawn Parrish led the Wise High School football team to a state title in December. This summer, Parrish will try to help lead Team Maryland to a win in the Big 33 Football Classic.

The all-star game — scheduled for June 15 at Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark Stadium — features a team of elite players from Maryland against top players from Pennsylvania.

Biff Poggi — the head coach at Baltimore’s Gilman School — has been named as the Maryland head coach, and Parrish along with former DeMatha head coach Bill McGregor and former Stags’ offensive coordinator Chris Baucia are among seven assistants selected to coach in the game. McGregor and Baucia are both currently on Poggi’s coaching staff at Gilman.

The Maryland team will boast seven Prince George’s County products including Wise standouts Antonio Harris (Towson), Jai Franklin (Old Dominion) and Myles Humphrey (Shepherd) along with Northwestern’s Darius Victor (Towson) and John Johnson (Boston College). Suitland offensive lineman Breontae Matthews (undecided) and Bishop McNamara defensive back Milan Collins (Maryland) have also been selected to play in the game.

“It’s a great honor to represent Maryland,” Harris said. “This is one of the biggest games for high school football. I’m excited I get to play with my teammates one last time and soon to be teammates.”

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.

“I get to have one more game with Coach Parrish,” added Harris, “and that’s something I look forward to. Time to beat up on Pennsylvania and show them who the best state is.”

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