Team Maryland holds first practice for Big 33 Classic



Recent Archbishop Spalding grad Evan Fochtman will be one of the quarterbacks for Team Maryland when it faces Pennsylvania in the Big 33 Classic.


The fifth edition of Team Maryland has begun its onfield preparations for the 60th annually Big 33 Classic, where Maryland will challenge Pennsylvania on June 17th at Landis Field in Harrisburg.
Head coach Chuck Markiewicz of Arundel put his team through its first paces Sunday evening at Archbishop Spalding High School as Maryland seeks to claim just its second win since returning to the game in 2013.
“Each year we are gaining more and more interest from the top players in the state, wanting to play in the game and represent Maryland,” said Team Maryland Director Scott Ripley. “We feel like we have a very talented squad with the ability to compete and win.”
The squad is very representative of the state. Nine players come from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, seven from Prince George’s County, five from Baltimore County, four from Anne Arundel County and two each from Howard, Frederick and Montgomery  Counties, as well as two from Baltimore City.
The Army/Navy rivalry will have to wait for Maryland quarterbacks Evan Fochtman and Jabari Laws. Fochtman, a future Naval Academy Midshipman, is one of three players from Archbishop Spalding on the roster, while Laws, on his way to West Point, is one of three members of PG power Wise High School, winners of the last two 4A state championships, on the roster.
St. Frances running back Gary Brightwell, who will play at the University of Arizona, is one of three members of the MIAA A Conference champion Panthers on the team.
Maryland won the 2014 game, 31-24, in double overtime, but lost in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
The team will practice once per week for the next month before heading to PA the week before the contest, where they will practice daily.
Here is the complete 2017 Big 33 Team Maryland Roster.
 

QUARTERBACK (2)
NAME
SCHOOL
 
COLLEGE
Evan Fochtman
Arch. Spalding
Navy
Jabari Laws
Wise
Army West Point
RUNNING BACK (2)
 
Gary Brightwell
St. Frances
University of Arizona
RB/DB
Markus Vinson
Damascus
University of Richmond
SLOT/HALFBACK (3)
 
Tyreek Henderson
Dulaney
 
Tim Cole
Arundel
undecided
 
Chad Gleason
Walkersville
Frostburg State University
TIGHT END (1)
 
Myles Wright
St. Frances
Towson University
SPLIT END (2)
 
TBA
 
Khyree Jackson
Wise
Arizona Western
OFFENSIVE LINE (7)
 
Stefan Touani
Oxon Hill
Morgan State University
 
Mark Shekletski
Urbana
UNC Charlotte
 
Craig Wood
Calvert Hall
Central Connecticut State
 
Chris Darrisaw
Riverdale Baptist
Virginia Tech University
 
Sammy Levy
Glen Burnie
Fairmont State University
 
Andrew Ladd
Archbishop Spalding
University of Maryland
OL/DL
Savion Williams
Wise
Lackawanna
KICKER/PUNTER (1)
 
Hayden August
Quince Orchard
Shepherd University
DEFENSIVE LINE (5)
 
J’Quane Harris
Milford Mill
University of Charleston
 
Vinnie Shaffer
Archbishop Curley
St. Anselms
 
B’Ahmad Miller
St. Frances
University of Maryland
 
Jamal Boadu
Old Mill
undecided
 
Keonte Dorsey
Woodlawn
undecided
LINEBACKER (5)
OLB/DE
Kingsley Jonathan
St. Frances
Syracuse University
 
DeLani Carter
C.H. Flowers
USMA
 
Gregory Benton Jr.
Long Reach
Army West Point
 
Nick Vermillion
Archbishop Spalding
Towson University
 
Dejuan Cooper
Northwest
Monmouth University
CORNERBACK/S (5)
 
Barry Amos
Poly
undecided
 
Bryson Craven
Howard
Clarion University
 
Joshua Turner
Franklin
Sacred Heart University
 
Tyson Queen
Annapolis
Shepherd University
 
Armarni Addison
Mervo
undecided
ATHLETE (1)
 
Andreus Price
Franklin