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Previewing the 2012 Maryland Crab Bowl

Westminster quarterback Deryk Kern, left, leads the Baltimore team against the Washington squad in the fifth annual Maryland Crab Bowl.

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Marvin F. Wilson Stadium, Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, Landover


Coaches: Anthony Burgos (Franklin), Baltimore; Lance Clelland (South River), Washington

Last meeting: Washington won, 14-6


Series: Washington leads, 3-1


Baltimore: Deryk Kern, QB, Westminster; Michael Anderson, ATH, Howard; Reggie Ellis, ATH, Franklin; Derrick Kittrell, ATH, New Town; Bradley Metcalf, ATH, Westminster; Keyon Pinnock, ATH, Atholton; Eric Latham, RB, Perry Hall; Isaiah Gillis, WR, Harford Tech; Donnie Knox, C, Century; Brady Orem, C, Franklin; Alec Auwaerter, OG, St. Paul's; Ned Emala, OG, Gilman; Sam Evans, OG, Loyola; Dariz Hill, OG, Dunbar; Moise Larose, OT, Wilde Lake; J.P. McManus, OT, Calvert Hall; Marvin Gross, DE, Dunbar; Nik D'Avanzo, DT, Archbishop Curley; Frank Kozlowski, DT, North Harford; Mike Jones, DB, Milford Mill; Kyle McEachern, DB, Milford Mill; DeAndre' Lane, DB, Catonsville; Wyatt Dickerson, S, Gilman; Kennedy Frazier, S, Calvert Hall; Stephan Osong, S, River Hill; Jay Patti, K, Hereford

Washington: Connor Cox, QB, South River; Jack Gordon, QB, Arundel; Lavon Chaney, ATH, South River; Kevin Johnson, OL, Meade; Fiyin Makinde, OG, St. Vincent Pallotti; Michael Minter, OT, Severna Park; Malik Dorsey, DT, Meade; Mike Williams, DT, Archbishop Spalding; Elvis Dennah, LB, Annapolis Area Christian; Perez Mackell, DB, Annapolis Area Christian; Adam Greene, K, Broadneck; Ben Priddy, K, Severn


The first of the high school senior all-star football games, the Maryland Crab Bowl features a showdown between the top Baltimore-area players and the best from the Washington area. Most of the local stars will play for the Baltimore team, which includes Baltimore City and Baltimore County, as well as Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. Anne Arundel County players are on the Washington roster.

Last season, the Washington team won thanks in large part to Old Mill's Rob Chesson, the state-record holder for rushing touchdowns in a season, who ran for 137 yards on 23 carries, including a 15-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

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Two years ago, the Baltimore stars won for the only time in the rivalry, 21-17, as Glenelg's Colin Osborne caught a pair of touchdown passes — one from North Harford halfback Brandon Bayer.


This year's lineup features three prolific passing quarterbacks.

For Baltimore, Kern, The Baltimore Sun's Offensive Player of the Year who set a state record for most touchdown passes in a season with 63, threw for 3,890 yards in leading the Owls to the Class 4A state semifinals. He will have two familiar targets, Metcalf and Darius Clifton, and many other options, including Brunswick's Blaine Price, who established a state record for most career receptions.

On the Washington side, Cox threw for 3,088 yards and 40 touchdowns, while Gordon passed for 2,274 yards and 39 touchdowns with a state-record 72.1 percent completion rate. Cox also will have a familiar target in Chaney, who caught 17 touchdown passes and also ran for 14 scores while gaining more than 2,300 all-purpose yards.

If they can't get the ball in the end zone, the Washington players have two exceptional kickers in Greene and Priddy. They kicked 30 field goals between them this fall, and both have been successful from more than 50 yards.

The Baltimore team features players from 3A state champion River Hill and 1A champion Dunbar, while the Washington team includes players from 4A champion Henry A. Wise.