Big 33 Classic – Maryland beats PA in double-overtime

by Jeff Fisher

America’s premiere high school football all-star game, the Big 33 Classic, needed two overtimes before a winner was decided in Hershey, Pennsylvania Saturday.

Reggie White, Jr. of Milford Mill High School caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Antwaine Carter of Westlake High on the first play of the second overtime to lead the Maryland All-Stars to a 31-24 victory over the Pennsylvania All-Stars at Hershey Park Stadium.  It was the first time in the 57 year history of the Big 33 Classic that a game needed overtime.

Maryland raced-out to a 24-0 halftime lead, but Pennsylvania’s defense pitched a shutout in the second half, while the offense put 24 points on the board.  Neither team was able to score in the first overtime.

After White’s overtime TD grab, Rasheed Gillis of Northwest High School came-up with an interception to seal the victory, which was Maryland’s third in ten games and its first since 1991 against Pennsylvania. It was the second straight year that Pennsylvania squared-off with Maryland in Hershey.

After a two decade hiatus, the Pennsylvania versus Maryland format returned with the Keystone State dominating Maryland in a 58-27 victory .  The Big 33 Classic is best known as the only high school football all-star game that has had an alum play in every Super Bowl.

Maryland-bound Josh Woods, who had two interceptions in the game, was the Maryland MVP, while Fordham-bound Chase Edmonds of Central Dauphin East was named Pennsylvania’s MVP.

Maryland 31, Pennsylvania 24

Maryland 10 14 0 0 0 7 — 31

Pennsylvania 0 7 7 10 0 0 — 24

SCORING

Md. — Marquel Dickerson 72 run (Alex Potocko kick)

Md. — Alex Potocko 39 kick

Md. — Kevin Joppy 14 pass from Jalen Jones

Md. — Josh Woods 60 interception (Alex Potocko kick)

Pa. — Chase Edmonds 28 run (Joe Julius kick)

Pa. — Terry Swanson 5 run (Joe Julius kick)

Pa. — Mark Pyles 21 run (Joe Julius kick)

Pa. — Joe Julius 29 kick

Md. — Reggie White Jr. 25 pass from Antwaine Carter (Alex Potocko kick)

RUSHING

Maryland — Marquel Dickerson 6-73, Jalen Jones 7-14, Solomon Vault 2-5, Dalonte Waters 2-5, Kevin Joppy 1-(-5), Josh Gills 2-(-11), Antwaine Carter 3-(-15),.

Pennsylvania — Chase Edmonds 9-73, Terry Swanson 13-39, Mark Pyles 5-21, Lenny Williams 5-4.

PASSING

Maryland — Antwaine Carter 6-12-128, Jalen Jones 3-10-62-1.

Pennsylvania — Lenny Williams 9-22-99-0, Mark Pyles 6-14-60-3, Rasaan Stewart 0-1-0-1.

RECEIVING

Maryland — Reggie White Jr. 3-96, Solomon Vault 2-48, Micah Till 1-26, Kevin Joppy 1-14

Marquel Dickerson 1-3, Josh Gills 1-3

Pennsylvania — Delane Hart 1-48, Thaddius Smith 6-33, Chase Edmonds 3-29, De’Quan Ware 2-22, Alec Bloom 2-19, Mallory Claybourne 1-10.

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.