St. Paul’s head coach seeks to lead Maryland to its first back-to-back wins in the Big 33 Classic


The Maryland High School Coaches Association and the Baltimore Touchdown Club have announced that Scott Ripley, Director of Team Maryland and the Head Football Coach at St. Paul’s School, has been selected to serve as head coach of Team Maryland in the 2019 Big 33 Classic against Pennsylvania.

Team Maryland is coming off a 9-6 win over PA, in the 2018 game which took place in June in Harrisburg, PA.
Ripley currently holds the title of Vice President of the MFCA and the BTC and serves on the Baltimore Ravens RISE committee and most recently attended the USA Football High School Football Alliance Conference in Orlando, Florida.

In the fall, he will enter his second season as the head coach at St. Paul’s. Previously, Ripley served as head coach at Cardinal Gibbons School and has been an assistant at Gilman School, Loyola Blakefield and St. Paul’s. He was on the staff at St. Paul’s for all three of their MIAA B Conference titles and also was part of three MIAA A Conference titles at Loyola.

He is also currently the Baltimore Touchdown Club All-Star Game Director; and has served as Team Maryland’s Director for the past six years. River Hill’s Brian Van Deusen will assume the role as the 2019 Team Director, with Ripley on the sidelines. In 2009, Coach Ripley served as Head Coach of the BTC Baltimore Team All-Stars and his team won the President’s Cup at McDaniel College.

A long standing tradition in Pennsylvania, the Big 33 Classic is entering its 62nd Year. Famous Alumni of the game include Joe Nanath, Tony Dorsett, Joe Montana, Jim Kelly, Dan Mariono, Marvin Harrison, Ben Roethlisberger and LaVar Arrington, just to name a few. Big 33 organizers are considering moving the 2019 contest to Memorial Day (Monday, May 27th). Since the United States Marine Corp is a huge cooperate sponsor; both Maryland and Pennsylvania officials are leaning towards moving the game to this patriotic weekend. The game will be televised once again and kick off is scheduled for 7:00 PM. The 62nd Game will return to the Upper Dauphin area of Pennsylvania. The Location is yet to be determined.

Coach Ripley and his staff, have some big shoes to fill, after Milford Mill’s Reggie White directed Team Maryland to their second victory in six years. Coach White’s team dominated on the defensive side of the ball escaping with the 9-6 victory. Maryland is 2-4 in the series. The other victory was recorded in year two of this rival game when River Hill’s Van Deusen directed the Maryland team to a thrilling 31-24 double overtime victory.

“I am excited for the opportunity to coach in this great game, but more excited to coach some fine young men and represent our beautiful state,” said Ripley. “With the help of the coaching community, I hope to bring back the first back-to-back wins for Maryland.”

Additional information about the Big 33 can be found on www.big33.org.