Most of the fans -- and college recruiters -- at yesterday's inaugural Baltimore-Metro All-Star football game were focused on Baltimore's halfback duo of Ali Culpepper and Aaron Thompson.
Enter Sam Scott. The defensive back from Edmondson High stole the show, sparking his team to a 20-6 win at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.
"I'm just out here trying to win a scholarship," said Scott. "I felt really fast on this turf today, and I was able to read the plays quickly."
Scott recorded 12 tackles and intercepted a pass, with another interception being negated by a penalty. With his performance came respect from the opposition.
"I think he was the best defensive player out there today," Metro coach Joe Russo said. "He was everywhere."
The contest pitted players from Baltimore City and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association against a team from Anne Arundel and Howard counties.
Baltimore's offensive line seemed to get stronger as the game progressed, and it wore down Metro. Baltimore racked up 220 yards on the ground.
The duel between Thompson, the state's Offensive Player of the Year from Mt. St. Joseph, and Culpepper, a first-team selection from Dunbar, ended in a draw. Both ran for 82 yards and one touchdown.
Baltimore Stars 0 12 8 0 -- 20
Metro Stars ....0 6 0 0 -- 6
B -- Hailey 32 catch from Jones (pass failed)
M -- Jackson 6 catch from D'Ambrosio (kick failed)
B -- Culpepper 16 run (kick failed)
B -- Thompson 4 run (Merrill catch from Phillips)
Pub Date: 12/09/96