Four Montgomery College-Rockville coaches wearing maroon and gold striped shirts stood on the Eastern High School sideline during the first half of last night's inaugural Baltimore-Washington Parkway Classic wondering when they were going to see their quarterback of the future, Damien Presley, take the field.
Presley took over for Dunbar All-Met Lee Baker at the start of the second half and promptly threw two touchdown passes, leading Washington to a 31-6 victory over Baltimore in front of 3,124.
"I was just sitting there during the first half waiting for my opportunity," said Presley, who played for Anacostia High School and will attend Montgomery-Rockville in the fall. "But I was just out here having a great time and throwing two touchdown passes made it better."
Washington's offense came alive in the second quarter, driving 83 yards on nine plays, to score on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Baker to Roosevelt's Charles Cobb. There was no defender within 15 yards of Cobb when he caught his second touchdown pass of the night, a 55-yard strike from Presley. Cobb will attend Temple.
The game replaced the DCIAA all-star game in the hopes of "rekindling the rivalry" between Washington and Baltimore public schools, said Frank Parks, the game's organizer. The cities used to play each other regularly. Baltimore avoided a shutout with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Tim Frazier to James Lowe with just over a minute left in the game.
Note: Dunbar beat Wilson, 19-8, in the D.C. passing league championship game.
CAPTION: Baltimore's Tavon Phillips, right, can't stop D.C.'s Charles Cobb, who grabs a 40-yard pass for his first of two touchdowns in the 31-6 win.