Wearing a uniform similar to the one he will don next season for the University of Maryland, running back Caleb Porzel stood near midfield after yesterday's inaugural Maryland Crab Bowl all-star game and began to reel off the names of several of his future teammates standing nearby.
"We're all playing as a family," said Porzel, a senior, who had just played with and against eight future Terrapins. "It's a great way to end up a high school career."
Porzel, 5 feet 8, 180 pounds, scored three touchdowns, helping the Washington-area team break open a close game in the third quarter of a 32-21 win over the Baltimore-area squad before an announced 3,316 at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Baltimore was led by Dunbar running back Tavon Austin, who scored on an 84-yard kickoff return and an 81-yard pass from Arundel wide receiver Alec Lemon off a reverse. The senior, who said he's leaning toward West Virginia as his college choice, accounted for nearly half of his team's offense.
Early on, Washington seemed primed for a blowout, opening with the game's first 16 points, including rushing touchdowns of 3 and 9 yards by Porzel.
Down 16-0 early in the second quarter, however, Baltimore got back into the game when Austin fielded a kickoff at the 16-yard line, found a seam and took off for an 84-yard touchdown.
Late in the half, Milford Mill quarterback Kevin Fulton led his team on a 74-yard drive, finding Lemon and Dunbar's Sean Farr on long completions before taking off on a 20-yard run to the 4. Two plays later, he rolled right and found Perry Hall tight end Dave Stinebaugh, another Maryland commitment, for a 2-yard touchdown.
Washington, however, then took command with a 98-yard kickoff return by Westlake's Devon Smith, followed by Porzel's third touchdown, a 2-yard run.
Despite the loss, Stinebaugh put the game into perspective.
"The talent on the field was a great thing to be around," the tight end said. "Like one of our coaches said, 'It's your last high school game and also your first college game.' "