Washington seniors top Baltimore seniors in Maryland Crab Bowl
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
TOWSON, MD. -- As he hustled toward the locker room more than an hour behind schedule, Louis Young smiled. The All-Met defensive back from Good Counsel had left Washington an hour late, then got stuck in traffic. The rest of the players in Monday night's Maryland Crab Bowl were taped and ready, but Young didn't mind being in a rush.
Like everyone else at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Monday night, Young was happy that he no longer was snowbound even if it meant playing a football game before a few hundred fans in snow-packed bleachers.
"I was shoveling pretty much all weekend," Young said.
Young was ready to announce his college choice, Stanford. After the game started, he returned a first-quarter interception 72 yards for the opening score and intercepted another pass in the second quarter as the Washington players took an early lead against their Baltimore counterparts in an all-star game matching many of the state's top seniors.
DeMatha defensive back Lorenzo Waters returned another interception 29 yards and Damascus running back Brian Lucas had a highlight-style, 65-yard touchdown run as the Washington team built a big lead and held on for a 24-21 victory.
All-Met Offensive Player of the Year Billy Cosh of Arundel, a Kansas State recruit who holds 13 Maryland public school passing records, completed 31 of 54 attempts for 299 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions for the Baltimore team.
Cosh drove the Baltimore team from its 22-yard line to the Washington 5. But a fourth-down pass fell incomplete as time expired.
After a blizzard battered the region this weekend, the game, originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, was moved to Monday. Event organizers paid for snow to be removed from the artificial turf and the bleachers cleared, though plenty of snow remained.
During a preliminary eighth-grade all-star game dubbed the Maryland Youth Football Classic, the public address announcer said, "Snow may be fun to play with, but not here at Johnny Unitas Stadium."
"A lot of good prayers came through to get this game in," said Crab Bowl co-founder Sean O'Connor, who expected the second-year game will lose money though not as much as last year when it lost $10,000.
In order to shorten the game, quarters were cut from 15 to 12 minutes and timeouts were scrapped, preventing Young and others from announcing their college choices during the breaks. Instead, those announcements were made as play continued.
In addition to Young, Old Mill All-Met running back Josh Furman announced he had accepted a scholarship offer from Michigan, DeMatha defensive back Michael Coley pledged to California, and Kennedy's Bisi Ezekoye said he would go to Harvard.
Perhaps the game's biggest star, Hargrave Military Academy defensive end J.R. Ferguson -- invited to the game because he lives in Frederick -- watched from the sideline because of a hip injury.
While most of the area's top players have made their college choices known, Ferguson said he will wait until the National Letter-of-Intent signing period begins on Feb. 3 to announce his pick. He already has taken official campus visits to Louisiana State, Notre Dame and California with trips scheduled to Oklahoma and UCLA in January. Maryland also remains in the mix, he said.