Six members of the Hylton High School football team that won the Virginia AAA Division 6 state championship last season and three other area players will represent Virginia in the Super 44 all-star game against Maryland next month.
Super 44 is the new name for the Chesapeake Classic game that has taken place between graduated seniors from Northern Virginia and Maryland the past six summers.
The Hylton representatives on the Super 44 team are linebacker Tony Clay, center Matt Findley, defensive lineman Ray Hicks, wide receiver Boyd Ouden, defensive back Eddie Rivers and offensive lineman David Stevenson.
Gar-Field wide receiver Ray Pettis, Potomac wide receiver/defensive back Ed Simms and Brooke Point linebacker Steven Stanley were the other area players chosen from all-star tryouts.
Findley, Clay and Hicks are among Super 44 players still looking for colleges. Stevenson is going to North Carolina; Ouden heads to Richmond; and Rivers will attend Concord College in West Virginia.
The Super 44 game will take place at 6 p.m. July 24 at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax. The Chesapeake Classic was played at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium. Sparse attendance at the 48,000-seat facility prompted Super 44 organizers to move the game to a high school stadium.
The Super 44 game will alternate between Virginia and Maryland sites. Maryland won the all-star game last season to knot the series at 3-3.
Defending Division 6 state champion Hylton and defending Division 5 state champion Hampton will square off Aug. 21 in a scrimmage at Hylton.
The schools will face each other for a half, and each team will face Lake Braddock for a half. Lake Braddock, which went 9-2 last season, and Hampton have scrimmaged each other for the past several years.
"The fact that we both won state championships I think it will be very interesting for a lot of people who follow high school football," Hylton Coach Bill Brown said. "A lot of people in this area would like to see what Hampton's all about. We thought this would be a good situation for everybody."
Despite heavy losses from graduation, both Hylton and Hampton return a wealth of talent next season. Among the returners from the unbeaten Hylton team are four first-team all-Cardinal District picks -- quarterback Kenny Irby, tackles John Brower and Billy Reyers and place kicker Andy Wilfong. Linebacker Gary Lewis and defensive backs Chris Fields and D.J. Walton are returning second-team all-district players.
Hampton Coach Mike Smith, whose team has won four consecutive Division 5 state titles, said he will return five starters on offense and six on defense. The scrimmage will be the first of the season for Hampton and the second for Hylton.
The stiff preseason opponent dovetails with Hylton's challenging regular season nondistrict schedule. The Bulldogs will play Petersburg (7-4), Maryland 3A state champion Friendly (13-0), D.C. school Dunbar (11-2) and Oakton (10-2).
CAPTION: Hylton's Tony Clay (32), Ray Hicks (56) and David Stevenson, all of whom will play in the Super 44 all-star game against Maryland, surround Brian Daley in a game last season. Three other Hylton players were also selected.