The first roster selections for the seventh annual Maryland Crab Bowl football all-star game were announced last week with Franklin, St. Frances, McDonogh and Gilman leading the way in initial selections.
Twenty-five seniors were invited to play for the Baltimore team in the Crab Bowl on Dec. 21 at McDaniel College, but the roster will eventually grow to 53.
Baltimore coach Donald Davis, from Calvert Hall, will make sure the selected players can commit to the game and then will fill out his roster. Seniors can play in only two all-star games and some already are committed to a national all-star game.
No. 5 Franklin and No. 7 St. Frances each had four players selected while The Baltimore Sun's No. 1 team McDonogh and No. 3 Gilman had three chosen apiece.
Twins Jordan and Jacquez Adams, Patrick Allen and Juantez McRea were chosen from Franklin and David Phelps, Jahmee Ballard, Channing Hames and Justice Pettus-Dixon from St. Frances.
Wyatt Cook, Connor Young and Ellis McKennie were invited from McDonogh and Jelani Roberts, Robert Branch and Alonzo Mayo from Gilman.
Others chosen for the Baltimore team: Lawrence Cager, Calvert Hall; Nevone McCrimmon, Mount St. Joseph; Julian Meares, John Carroll; Allan Koikoi, St. Paul's; David Robbins, Glenelg; Winston Delattiboudere, Howard; David Pindell, Oakland Mills; Ron'Dell Carter, Long Reach; Omar Walker, C. Milton Wright; Tynard Barfield, Patterson; Evan Rhodes, Catonsville; and Chris Lee, Severna Park.
Two local players -- Broadneck's Alec Ruden and Archbishop Spalding's Jack Shugars -- were selected for the Washington team, which won last season's game, 30-21. Spalding's Kyle Schmitt will coach the Washington team, which leads the all-time series 4-2.