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Three from county named to Maryland Big 33 team

Three from county named to Maryland Big 33 team
Offensive lineman Darius Wilson walks off the field for a water break during football practice at Meade High School on August 17, 2018. (Jen Rynda / Capital Gazette)

OWINGS MILLS — Meade’s Darius Wilson watched two teammates get selected to represent Maryland in the Big 33 in recent years. This year, Wilson will get his chance to play in the game.

Wilson was one of several football players from the Baltimore area who were selected to play in the 62nd Big 33 High School Football Classic against a team from Pennsylvania. The players selected for the game were announced at a press conference at the Under Armour Performance Center on Saturday morning.

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Wilson joins Broadneck’s Caelan Shepard and Archbishop Spalding’s Logic Hudgens as players who were selected from Anne Arundel County schools.

“It’s a true honor and a blessing that I will be going to college to continue my football career. Finishing off in this game, it’s really an honor,” said Wilson, who will play at Bowie State. “When I found out I was really shocked. I knew it solidified that I was one of the best players in Maryland.”

Caelan Shepard, Broadneck
Caelan Shepard, Broadneck (Courtesy Photo / HANDOUT)

Not all players who were selected for the game were on hand on Saturday, but most of the offensive linemen were. Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley was a special guest, and as the linemen joined him at the podium, he spoke of the importance of high school football.

“High school football to me was definitely the most fun I had playing the sport,” Stanley said. “My friends from my high school football team are still among my closest friends.”

Howard County had five players selected for the game, including record-setting running back Wande Owens from Glenelg, who will play at Yale. Joining Owens from Howard County are Devin Dawkins (WR, Howard), Osita Smith (WR, Wilde Lake), Sam Alsheimer (LB, Glenelg) and Christian Lesane (DB, Wilde Lake).

Logic Hudgens, Archbishop Spalding
Logic Hudgens, Archbishop Spalding (Courtesy Photo / HANDOUT)

Jabriel Johnson (RB, McDonogh), Adam Will (OL, Loyola), Paul Mouring (long snapper, Calvert Hall) and Ben Blessing (OL, John Carroll) join Hudgens to give the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association five players in the game.

“I’m thoroughly excited,” Loyola’s Will said. “I can’t wait. It’s going to be awesome.”

This year’s game was moved up to Memorial Day in an effort to attract more of the top talent before players are forced to report to their respective colleges. Pennsylvania’s roster was announced a few weeks ago.

“It’s an honor. I’ve been thinking about this since my sophomore year,” said Dulaney defensive back Jeremiah Wynn, who will play at Towson. “When I found out I was selected, I called my head coach and he said he wasn’t surprised and said he saw it in me ever since my sophomore year.”

St. Paul’s head coach Scott Ripley was selected as the head coach and will try to lead Maryland to a second straight victory following last year’s 9-6 Maryland win.

“I’m excited about it and it’s a great honor,” said Ripley, who’s also the Team Maryland Director. “I’m excited about coaching different kids other than the kids at my school.”

After orchestrating a defense that held the Pennsylvania team to just six points last year, South River defensive coordinator Steve Erxleben will coach Maryland’s defense once again this year.

“It’s an honor to represent the state and Anne Arundel County,” Erxleben said. “I told the kids last year that I was going to coach them like they’ll get coached in college, we’re not going to coach like this is the Pro Bowl. It’s just an awesome experience.”

Maryland Roster

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Collin Schlee, QB, Oakdale (Kent State)

Ryan Leyh, QB, Linganore (Shippensburg)

TD Ayo-Durojaiye, RB, Damascus (Villanova)

Jabriel Johnson, RB, McDonogh (Morgan State)

Desmond Shell, WR, Milford Mill (Bowie State)

Devin Dawkins, WR, Howard (ASA Brooklyn)

Jawan Rabb, WR, Woodlawn (Frostburg)

Isaiah Hazel, WR, Wise (Maryland)

Osita Smith, WR, Wilde Lake (West Virginia)

Jean Germain, OL, Paint Branch (Towson)

Caelan Shepard, OL, Broadneck (Buffalo)

Darius Wilson, OL, Meade (Bowie State)

Adam Will, OL, Loyola (Dartmouth)

Tre Briscoe, OL, Linganore (Shepherd)

Robert Horsey, OL, Mervo (Frostburg)

Ben Blessing, OL, John Carroll (Holy Cross)

Greg Gaines, OL, South Hagerstown (Frostburg)

Justin Ritter, K, Oakdale (uncommitted)

Leighton Bechdel, K, Towson (West Virginia)

Paul Mouring, long snapper, Calvert Hall (Maryland)

Wande Owens, RB, Glenelg (Yale)

Oly Okombi, DL, Montgomery Blair (Kent State)

Darius Woods, DL, Milford Mill (Morgan State)

Khalil Gary, DL, Wise (Towson)

Robert Garrett, DL, Franklin (Fullerton Junior College)

Dayvion Johnson, DL, Edgewood (Monmouth)

Joe Parry, DL, Westminster (Shepherd)

Elijah Solomon, LB, Franklin (Villanova)

Jackson Ambush, LB, Linganore (Albany)

Jay Thompson, LB/TE, Franklin (Merrimack)

Maurio Goings, LB, Oakdale (Delaware State)

Sam Alsheimer, LB, Glenelg (Towson)

Logic Hudgens, DB, Archbishop Spalding (Buffalo)

Jeremiah Wynn, DB, Dulaney (Towson)

AJ Woods, DB, Northwest (Pittsburgh)

Deonte Banks, DB, Edgewood (Maryland)

Terry Jones, DB, Mergenthaler VT (Old Dominion)

Christian Lesane, DB, Wilde Lake (Shepherd)

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