Dorman-led East tops West in Md. all-star football, 48-31

In a game last night featuring the best high school football talent in the state, the referees almost stole the show, calling 22 penalties for 203 yards.

But while yellow flags halted any momentum the Maryland High School All-Star Game had at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium, not even the refs could slow down the East squad, which rolled to a 48-31 win.


Quarterback Harold Dorman (Potomac) led the way for the East in a game featuring recently graduated seniors, throwing for 167 yards and two touchdowns and impressing the crowd while escaping defenders several times.

Early in the second quarter, Dorman hit Courtney Knight (Lackey) on a 29-yard touchdown pass. Later in the quarter, he released the ball as he was about to be sacked, connecting with Jasmond Walker (Poly) for a 62-yard pass that led to a field goal.


The East took its largest lead, at 34-9, after Daniel Singleton of Northwestern-Prince George's scored on a 26-yard run in the third quarter.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Dorman struck again, dropping a 33-yard pass over the shoulder of receiver Richard Abney (Forestville) to put the East comfortably ahead, 41-24.

The West struggled behind quarterback Erin Henderson (Aberdeen), who completed only three of 10 first-half passes. The West trailed 20-9 at halftime.

Henderson made an impact in the second half with his feet, highlighted by a 52-yard scamper late in the third quarter that set up the first of consecutive scoring drives for the West. He finished with 107 rushing yards, but it was the West's other quarterback who had the greatest impact.

Zach Hayes (Linganore), a last-minute addition to the West team, justified his presence.

Added Thursday to the roster after quarterback Pat Barrack (Quince Orchard) was injured in a scrimmage earlier in the week, Hayes proved to be the West's best weapon. Filling in intermittently for Henderson, Hayes led the West on two scoring drives, connecting on touchdown passes of 24 and 19 yards.