What: The Second Annual Chesapeake Bowl
When: Friday, December 30th @ 7:30 p.m.
Where: South River High School, Edgewater, MD.
History: South won the inaugural contest in 2010 30-27. Zach Dancel (127 combined yards, 2 td’s) and Darius Jennings (75 yds rushing and a td) led the way. Matt Johnson threw 3 td passes for the North squad.
The Chesapeake Bowl, known as “The Civil War,” was formed by the Mid Atlantic Football Foundation in 2010 and pits high school football stars from the Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia and West Virginia area against those from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Deleware. Last year’s contest was played at Towson University, while this year’s matchup will be played at the newly renovated South River High School.
The 2011 version will have some special meaning, as they will honor Archbishop Spalding coach Mike Whittles, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the start of the year. For every program purchased at this year’s event the MAFF will donate $1 to the Whittles Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer.
As for the players in this year’s game, there are plenty of good ones.
“We are excited to announce that many of our players have received local, statewide, regional and national honors,” said Sean O’Connor, MAFF’s Director of Business Operations, “but that speaks to the hard work and dedication exhibited by the coaches and the players both on and off the field.”
On the national level there are some major recruits taking part.
Eddie Goldman (Friendship Collegiate Academy) 6’4″ 307 is the #2 ranked player in the country and the top ranked defensive tackle. He will also be playing in the Under Armour All American game in January, and has narrowed his college choices to Miami, Florida St., Alabama, Auburn and Maryland.
Stefon Diggs (Good Counsel) 6’0″ 185 is ranked #10 overall and #2 at the athlete position. Diggs will be playing in the U.S. Army All American Bowl in January and has a long list of colleges after his services, with Cal, Florida and UVA being the front runners. He played WR and CB and finished the year with 1,443 all-purpose yards, 13 td’s, 32 tackles and 4 int’s. Diggs was recently named SI.COM’S high school player of the week.
Ronald Darby (Potomac) 5’11” 180 is ranked # 69 overall and is regarded as one of the fastest players in the country. He could be a CB or RB, and has already committed to Notre Dame. Darby will also be playing in the Under Armour game.
Wes Brown (Good Counsel) 6’0″ 200 is a highly regarded RB who is being looked at by Colorado, Vanderbilt and Miami. He will also be competing in the Under Armour contest.
From the local end of things there is a lot to look forward too as well.
Kenneth Goins (Gilman) 5’9″ 215 is a RB/DE who was named the All Metro defensive player of the year. He will be attending Maryland in the fall where coach Randy Edsall has said he will play running back.
Deontay McManus (Dunbar) 6’2″ 210 was another dual threat for the defending 1A State Champ Poets, who starred at both CB and WR. He has orally committed to West Virginia but is still visiting other schools.
Greg Pyke (Boy’s Latin) 6’6″ 310 is a monster offensive tackle who will be starting for the Georgia Bulldogs sometime in the near future.
Devon Porchia (Gilman) 6’2″ 203 was a standout LB for the area’s #1 ranked Greyhounds and will be headed off to the University of Pittsburgh in the fall.
Roman Braglio (McDonogh) 6’4″ 240 was a force on the defensive line for the Eagles this past year, and a stand out wrestler. He will also be playing for coach Edsall at the University of Maryland.
Donovan Riley (Poly) 6’0″ 190 was one of the area’s best defensive backs and has already committed to Virginia Tech.
Sunny Odogwu (St. Frances) 6’9″ 270 is flat out a raw talent who has a huge upside, with huge being the key to that statement. He has not played organized football for a long time, but he sure is built to play this game. Sunny has two early offers from Miami and West Virginia.
Five other locals playing are Steven Manders from Archbishop Spalding, C.J. Williams of Calvert Hall, Justin Lee of Reservoir, A.J. Koikoi of St. Paul’s and Juleon Kilkelly-Lee of Woodlawn.
Gilman’s Cyrus Jones, the top ranked player in the Baltimore area, was selected for the game but pulled out from the competition this afternoon.
Before the main game there will be a statewide youth game of some of the area’s finest 8th graders that starts at 5 p.m.
Come out and see some of the top players nationwide in what will be the final high school football game in our area!
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