Mike Ritter, Andre Jones and Jay Foran provided the beef that powered DeMatha High School to an undefeated football season, the Metro Conference championship and the area's No. 1 ranking last fall.

Saturday night, they will play together for the last time as they try to help Maryland defeat Pennsylvania for the first time in the Big 33 all-star football game in Hershey, Pa.

Two other DeMatha players -- running backs Tyrone Jackson and Jon Jeffries -- were selected for the team, but decided not to play.

For Ritter, a 6-foot-7, 275-pound defensive lineman, this might be the last chance some of his family and friends will have to see him play in person. One week from Friday, he heads for Arizona State.

"It was a great honor to be chosen to play with the best players from Maryland and against Pennsylvania's best, but I came to Hershey to win," said Ritter, who will be joined at Arizona State by Big 33 teammate Tom Green of Oxon Hill High School, a quarterback.

"The Maryland team has come up the last two years and played Pennsylvania very closely, much better than anyone expected, but they lost. I want to help change that. This is my only chance, and maybe the last chance that Maryland will have in this game, so I want to go out a winner."

This is the final year of a contract between Maryland and the Big 33 game sponsors. There is concern Maryland might be dropped in favor of New Jersey or New York.

Jones, a 6-5, 215-pound linebacker, is headed for Notre Dame. He took two classes there this summer.

"I took calculus and sociology, and paid for it myself, so I could get ahead," Jones said. "And that's the way I'm taking this game -- very seriously. I'm here to improve myself, but also to show four of my future teammates {including Ricky Waters, the nation's No. 2 scholastic running back, and Dan Grimm, younger brother of Washington Redskins offensive guard Russ Grimm}, who will be playing for Pennsylvania, how good I am."

Springbrook running back Eric Andrews and Seneca Valley defensive back Jim Signora, originally alternates, will play in the game.