Scoots Crowell's football career began outside a restaurant. Ron Rokosz's career began inside one. Tonight their paths will cross for the first -- but not last -- time in the Super 44 high school football all-star game at W.T. Woodson High at 6 p.m.

The game, formerly known as the Chesapeake Classic, pits 44 of the top recently graduated seniors from Maryland and Virginia public and private schools.

Bob Geoghan organized the Super 44 after taking over from Jerry Franks, who organized the event for six years. Franks said the time commitments of being football coach and assistant principal at Calvert High were too great for him to continue with the all-star game.

Geoghan came up with the new name, a new stadium (the game previously was played at Maryland's Byrd Stadium), new uniforms for both teams, a new kickoff time, new Web site and added nine players to each team.

Those extra roster slots likely made the difference for players such as Crowell, a 5-foot-8 quarterback from Sherwood, and Rokosz, a 155-pound defensive end from Hayfield. Although 22 of the players in tonight's game have committed to play for Division I schools, Crowell and Rokosz will play for Division III Western Maryland College.

Crowell's first football experience was impromptu games in a lot behind a pizza restaurant in Silver Spring. His father, Tommy, was an assistant coach at Springbrook under Bob Milloy. The school's coaches and their children would gather at the restaurant for a postgame meal.

After about 20 minutes of eating, the coaches would go over game plans and get ready for the following week's opponent. The children would go to a grassy lot behind the restaurant to play touch football.

Those games gave Crowell his first chance to play with Robbie Milloy, Bob Milloy's youngest son. Tonight likely marks the last time they will play together as Milloy, an offensive lineman, will play for Carnegie Mellon University in the fall.

"I thought Scoots and I played our last game together when we lost in the state playoffs, since I did not know if I would make the [Super 44] team," Robbie Milloy said. "I am so glad to have one more chance to play with him."

Said Crowell: "I was taking snaps the other day in practice and they had Robbie at center. It would be fitting if I were able to take the last snap of my high school career from him."

While Crowell knew he always wanted to play for Bob Milloy, Rokosz only knew he wanted to play -- but that his size would always be a problem, even when he first tried to play as a fourth-grader in Fort Bragg, N.C. He weighed 64 pounds the week before the try-out -- and the minimum weight class for tackle football was 65 pounds.

"So we ate at fast-food restaurants every day so I could gain weight," Rokosz said. "I had a ton of milkshakes the week before tryouts. . . . Finally I got to 65 pounds and they let me play."

Rokosz moved to defensive end last season because Hayfield Coach Dudley Johnson wanted to utilize his speed and work ethic at that position. Rokosz responded with 13 sacks and was named the Virginia AAA Patriot District defensive player of the year by district coaches.

Rokosz now tutors Hayfield's smaller, faster players on how to use speed and intelligence to become effective -- if undersized -- defensive ends.

"I had to work on a lot of moves to get past those 300-pound linemen," Rokosz said. "Now I am teaching those moves to a kid now who will probably start at defensive end this season. He is about an inch shorter than me but he is pretty big -- about 160 pounds."

Rokosz said his size never deterred him from playing football. Coincidentally, a perfect illustration of such determination is Virginia Super 44 assistant coach Virgil Seay. Seay, an assistant at Lee, spent six seasons as a wide receiver in the NFL -- including four seasons with the Redskins -- despite being 5-7 and weighing 175 pounds.

"Ronnie never let his size get in the way of his wanting to be a good football player," said Joe Muskett, Virginia Super 44 coach and the coach at McLean. "He and Virgil are perfect examples that someone with determination -- and without size -- can go a long way."

Super 44

What: Seventh annual high school all-star football game (formerly Chesapeake Classic)

When: Today, 6 p.m.

Where: W.T. Woodson High School, 9525 Main Street, Fairfax

Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for children under 10 and students with proper identification. Gates open at 4 p.m.

Data: The Super 44 pits the top 44 graduated seniors from Maryland and Virginia public and private schools. This is the first year that the event has been held in Virginia or at a high school stadium. Previously, the all-star game had been played at Maryland's Byrd Stadium. Steve Harward of C.M. Wright will coach the Maryland team. Joe Muskett, recently hired to coach at McLean this season, will direct the Virginia squad. Muskett coached last season at Lee. He coached in the first Chesapeake Classic. There will be family events, including contests, interactive games and a food court.

Super 44 Roster

Virginia Team

Player Pos. High School

Devon Adams RB West Potomac

Derald Bryant Jr. DB Mount Vernon

Brandon Buchanan WR Jefferson

Brian Carter WR Mount Vernon

Tony Clay LB Hylton

Tim Clemmons DB Mount Vernon

Dan Evans WR Paul VI

Matt Findley OL Hylton

Ryan Fleck QB West Springfield

Todd Garland DL South Lakes

Ray Glover WR-DB T.C. Williams

Jordan Grantham DB Potomac Falls

Terrence Harris LB Robinson

Charles Hattan OL Robinson

Ray Hicks DL Hylton

Joey Hildbold K Robinson

James Johnson RB Marshall

Montez Johnson DL Mount Vernon

Josh Johnston OL Culpeper

Jones Johnnyson III DEWest Potomac

Paul Knisely LB Yorktown

Donnie Lindsey DE Lake Braddock

Drew Manning LB Centreville

Jim Mayberry OL Potomac

Carl Morris DB Episcopal

Boyd Ouden WR Hylton

Ray Pettis WR Gar-Field

Omar Philmore RB-KR Lee

Will Pulman OL West Springfield

Austin Ragans LB Lee

Eddie Rivers DB Hylton

Ron Rokosz DE Hayfield

Dave Sharret DE Oakton

Ed Simms WR-DB Potomac

Bryson Spinner QB Episcopal

Kenzie Stancil WR-DB T.C. Williams

Steven Stanley LB Brooke Point

David Stevenson OL Hylton

Buddy Teschner QB Oakton

Brad Thomas DL Fairfax

Eric Wade DB Fairfax

Bryant White RB Centreville

Brian Wood OL Herndon

Reza Zeinalian DT Langley

Maryland Team

Player Pos. High School

Antoine Basden OL Douglass

James Belk LB McNamara

Germaine Bennett RB Suitland

Lamar Bryant OL Crossland

Kevin Burkey K-P Urbana

Grant Burrough QB C.M. Wright

Drew Caylor OL Bethesda-Chevy Chase

Ikey Chuku QB Largo

Atcheson Conway DB Paint Branch

Kurt Coy LB Northwestern

Michael Crawford LB Patterson

Scoots Crowell QB Sherwood

Joe Davis RB Largo

Fred Del Villar WR Seneca Valley

Gerald Dixon DB Paint Branch

Darnell Dockett DL Paint Branch

Lehrman Dotson WR Broadneck

Brandon Haw DB Fairmont Heights

Brian Hill WR Sherwood

Sammie Jenkins LB Suitland

Jamal Jones WR DeMatha

John Kelley DL Seneca Valley

Brian King DB Damascus

Matt Kluk OL Quince Orchard

Donte Lewis DL Eleanor Roosevelt

Mike McIntosh LB Edgewood

Mark McKie DLPaint Branch

Maurice McKinney DL Suitland

Savon McLemore DL Suitland

Hardy McSpadden WR C.M. Wright

Tremayne Mercurius WR Northwestern

Rob Milloy OL Sherwood

Scooter Monroe WR Carroll

Chris Mstowski OL Seneca Valley

Rashard Raigns LB Bethesda-Chevy Chase

Brach Roache TE Largo

John Rydzewski OL Gaithersburg

Ricardo Scott LB Suitland

Andrew Smith DB Meade

Paul Staub OL Poolesville

B.J. Thomas OL Randallstown

Stephon Watson DB Aberdeen

Jeremiah Watts DL Roosevelt

Hunter Young DB Walter Johnson