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