Wise’s Maryland 4A football title team honored in Annapolis

The Wise football team celebrated its first Maryland 4A title after beating Quince Orchard, 12-7, in the state final on Nov. 30. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The Maryland 4A champion Wise football team paid a visit to Annapolis on Wednesday to be formally honored for its undefeated run to the state title.

The Pumas met with Governor Martin O’Malley and Lt. Governor Anthony Brown as well as a host of state-level Prince George’s County politicians. That group included former Howard University and NFL quarterback Jay Walker, now a Democrat in the state House of Delegates representing District 26.

“It was a nice experience,” said Coach DaLawn Parrish, who was named All-Met Coach of the Year in the fall. “I think the young men will remember that forever. I know I will.”

The General Assembly and state Senate also passed formal resolutions to recognize the team, which required a vote with the Upper Marlboro school’s players, coaches and administrators present.

“It was unanimous,” Parrish said with a laugh. “I was looking for a nay.”

Check out some images below via the school’s official athletic department Twitter feed.

Here are the Pumas, all dressed up for the occasion, with Lt. Governor Anthony Brown:

Also a distance shot of the players after the vote in the House of Delegates to formally honor the team:

Then there’s All-Met lineman Antonio Harris just chilling with second-team All-Met linebacker Frank Porter at the state capitol:

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Eric Detweiler · March 28, 2013

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