Evans hopes Byrd history repeats itself Hereford two-way player leads Maryland all-stars


Hereford's 27-0 state title game rout of Beall at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium last December still ranks as Roger Evans' finest hour.

In helping the Bulls to their first state title, Evans nailed a 50-yard punt that landed on the 1-yard line. As a linebacker, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound All-Metro pick deflected a pass and had one of his several tackles go for a loss.

Evans will be back at Byrd Stadium tonight at 7: 30, where he'll be among six of The Sun's All-Metro selections playing for Team Maryland against Northern Virginia's All-Stars in the sixth annual Chesapeake Football Classic.

Also participating for Maryland, which trails the series 3-2: two-time All-Metro wide receiver Dahnel Singfield of Dunbar; All-Metro linebacker Kirk Williams of Dunbar; The Sun's All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year, quarterback Brant Hall of Loyola; All-Metro wide receiver Tavon Mason of Woodlawn; wide receiver Shaz Brown (Mount St. Joseph's); linebacker Al Jordan (Edgewood).

Maryland also boasts Washington Post All-Metro running back Walter Cross (Oxon Hill) and 6-foot-2, 220-pound fullback Josh Page, who led Fort Hill to last fall's 2A state title over Dunbar.

Last year's game, won by Maryland, 31-18, drew a series record 9,100 fans.

At Hereford, Evans set a single-season state record for extra points by making 75 of 84. He's 109-for-124 in his career and ranks third in Maryland history in all-time kicking points with 112. Over 13 games, Evans averaged a public school-best 48.9 yards per punt and allowed only one punt to be fielded.

Evans ranked third in tackles on a team that amassed nine shutouts and featured four first-team All-Metro picks and three second-teamers. Hereford was ranked No. 3 by The Sun.

"Coming from a small school like ours, this validates Roger Evans' dedication as a player," said Hereford coach Steve Turnbaugh.

Evans, who will attend Lackawanna (Pa.) Junior College, impressed scouts with his average hang time on punts of 4.8 seconds (with a best of 5.1), and was consistent on field goals inside 45 yards. "People knew about my stats, but they were waiting to see if I stacked up," he said.

Stacking up as perhaps Maryland's best quarterback tandem in the game is Hall and Seneca Valley's Brian Fleury.

Hall (6-0, 195) rushed for 497 yards and seven touchdowns and passed for 1,169 yards and 10 more scores to lead Loyola to a No. 1 area ranking and its third straight MIAA A Conference crown. Fleury (6-5, 210) earned Washington Post All-Metro honors with 2,025 passing yards and 26 touchdowns for the 4A state champs.

Game rules call for defenses to play a 4-3, with the secondaries going man-to-man against an offense that must pass 40 percent of the time with only one man in the backfield.

Said Singfield: "We're going to be hard to stop."

Maryland roster: Ryan Anselmo, DeMatha, OL; Bruce Banks, Northwestern, OL; Marvin Brown, DeMatha, RB; Shaz Brown, Mount St. Joseph, WR; Jason Caeser, McDonough, KR; Ben Caffee, Sherwood, OL; Erroll Chedwick, DeMatha, OL; Walter Cross, Oxon Hill, RB; John Day, DeMatha, TE; Brent Dial, Roosevelt, DB; Roger Evans, Hereford, PK/P; Brian Fleury, Seneca Valley, QB; Frank Gaither, Suitland, DB; Brant Hall, Loyola, QB; Cornell Hawkins, Gaithersburg, DB; Charles Hill, Roosevelt, DL; James Johnson, McNamara, WR; Jason Johnson, Seneca Valley, DL; Al Jordan, Edgewood, LB; Dwayne Lewis, Roosevelt, DB; Eric Steiner, McNamara, DL; Tavon Mason, Woodlawn, WR; Duricque Taylor, Seneca Valley, DB; Jason Neal, Seneca Valley, WR; George Selby, Gaithersburg, DL; Josh Page, Fort Hill, RB; Mike Page, Fort Hill, DB; Jason Scott, Gaithersburg, OL; Maurice Shaw, Suitland, WR; Dahnel Singfield, Dunbar, WR; Ryan Suter, Boonsboro, OL; Ben Thomas DeMatha, LB; David Upchurch, Roosevelt, DL; Artie Webb, Elkton, DL; Kirk Williams, Dunbar, LB.

Head coach: Terry Changuris, Seneca Valley. Assistants: Mitch Babishan, Seneca Valley; Nick Lynch, Suitland; Larry Raum, Seneca Valley; Bill Russell, Elkton; Steve Turnbaugh, Hereford.

Chesapeake Football Classic

What: Maryland seniors vs. Northern Virginia seniors in sixth annual all-star game.

Where: Byrd Stadium, College Park

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Tickets: $5 general, $8 reserved, $10 mezzanine. Available at gate.

TV: HTS, tape, Monday and next Friday, times TBA.

Series: Virginia leads 3-2.

Pub Date: 6/27/98

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