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Classic's Marsh, Plitt share honor, but are playing for different stakes

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Roy Marsh and Charles Plitt are glad to be playing in the Greater Baltimore Football Classic tomorrow at Poly at 2 p.m. Both consider it an honor to be chosen and represent their respective leagues. But the similarities end there.

Marsh, a three-sport athlete who is being recruited highly, will start at tailback for the Baltimore County All-Stars and use the game to show college recruiters that he belongs with the best. Plitt, a center for Boys' Latin and the Maryland Scholastic Association All-Stars, will use it to prove that he belongs.

"It's been a personal goal of mine to prove I could play college football," said the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Plitt. "I went to camps at the University of Maryland, the Naval Academy and the University of Delaware to get better. If I get to play in college, it will be a dream come true."

Roger Wrenn, MSA head coach, said: "We were real surprised with him. He didn't get a lot of publicity during the season, but he's a fine football player and a gentleman."

Plitt has begun to receive attention from colleges, with William & Mary, Bucknell and Catawba College in North Carolina showing the most interest.

Marsh's story is different. A 5-foot-8, 165-pound speedster, he rushed for 1,385 yards this season while leading Perry Hall to a 7-3 record. Last season, Marsh led the Gators to the Class 4A state title in baseball, homering in the state championship game.

The MSA All-Stars will be looking for their fourth consecutive win in the nine-year series, which they lead, 5-3. The game has included six future National Football League players -- Carlton Bailey, 1982, Woodlawn, Buffalo Bills; Vernon Joines, 1983, Southwestern, Cleveland Browns; Warren Powers, 1983, Edmondson, Denver Broncos; Calvin Williams, 1984, Dunbar, Philadelphia Eagles; Brian Jordan, 1984, Milford Mill, Atlanta Falcons; and Mike Brennan, 1984, Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati Bengals -- and almost 50 percent of its graduates have gone on to play in college.

Greater Baltimore Football Classic rosters

BALTIMORE COUNTY ALL-STARS Joe Speed (Dundalk); Mike Hege (Patapsco); Donnie Burks Perry Hall); John Swigart (Overlea); Robert Davis (Milford Mill); Tim Whitehead (Franklin); Alex Galiani (Towson); Bryant Lee ( Milford Mill); Ron Martin (Hereford); Charles Davis (Eastern Vo-Tech); David Brewer (Towson); Brian Volk (Loch Raven); Mike Sowers (Dundalk); Larry Washington (Randallstown); Chris McFadden (Patapsco) Marcus Gray (Owings Mills); Scott Boze (Owings Mills); Roy Marsh (Perry Hall); Joe Watkins (Parkville); Mike Stolle (Perry Hall); Steve Clay (Kenwood); Rick Price (Chesapeake); George Gillem (Woodlawn); Mike Blackmon (Dundalk); Pat McDaniel (Parkville); Brad Topchik (Randallstown); Derek Ruby (Chesapeake); Michael Rathmell (Loch Raven); Willie Hicks (Woodlawn); Jeff Mattes (Franklin); John Walk (Sparrows Point); Ian Rehmert (Catonsville); Wallace Baker (Randallstown); Keith Thornton (Lansdowne); Shannon Wooden (Overlea); Grant Yoder (Dulaney); Chad Freitag (Parkville); Ferron Carter (Woodlawn); Tim Hughes (Owings Mills); Brandon Lobb (Dulaney); Corey Johnson (Loch Raven); Mike Ward (Chesapeake); Phil Efron (Pikesville).

Head coach: John Buchheister (Randallstown). Assistan coaches: George Goudy (Woodlawn); Steve Turnbaugh (Towson); Ray Groszkowski (Owings Mills); Phil Donlin (Parkville); Rick Zentz (Dundalk).

MSA ALL-STARS

Dewayne Washington (Lake Clifton); Mike Branch (Patterson); DeBrandon Jews (City); Damon Bond (Walbrook); Diarra Davis (Southwestern); Keith Kormanik (Gilman); Obie Barnes (Forest Park); Timothy White (Northwestern); Lamar James (Northern); Monte Bowens (Northwestern); Jermaine Johnson (McDonogh); Edward Trusty (Gilman); Antoine Burrell (Forest Park); Joseph Mondshour (Southern); Frank Tamburello (Archbishop Curley); Charles Bell (Dunbar); Jamal Cox (Gilman); David Harris (Cardinal Gibbons); Chris Robertson (Poly); Shawn Mahoney (St. Paul's); Charles Plitt (Boys' Latin); Ron Strauss (Loyola); Chris Smith (St. Mary's); Jim Lewis (McDonogh); Floyd Matthews (Lake Clifton); Matt Cremen (Archbishop Spalding); Joe Holland (City); Larry Smith (Douglass); Andy Plummer (Severn); Brian Collins (Mervo); Garfield Griffin (Edmondson); Josh Austin (Forest Park); Anthony Hall (Mount St. Joseph); Adam Funk (St. Mary's); Chris Blythe (Cardinal Gibbons); Ernest Rhoney (City); Pete Tapley (John Carroll); Sam James (Lake Clifton); Charles Anderson (Patterson); Kenneth Clark (Patterson); Jelani Rucker (Poly); Reggie Thornton (Loyola); Brian Yates (Calvert Hall); Antwain Smith (Poly), John Tyler (Gilman), Kevin Washington (Dunbar).

Head coach: Roger Wrenn (Patterson); assistant coaches: Obie Barnes (Forest Park); Brad Best (St. Mary's); Jack Nehmmsman (Southern); Bucky Kimmett (Poly); Lynn Badham (Northwestern); Fred Kaiss (Southwestern).

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