Maryland Crab Bowl to be played at McDaniel’s Gill Stadium
Maryland’s top 100 football players from 65 high schools across the state will showcase their talents during the 6th annual Maryland Army National Guard Crab Bowl Powered by Under Armour on Dec. 21 – held this year for the first time at McDaniel College.
Gridiron fans will find an entire day centered on football. The sixth- and seventh- grade Maryland all-stars play at 9 and 10:30 a.m. respectively. The high school players take to the field for a 1:30 p.m. kick off. The eighth-graders play at 6 p.m.
Lights, artificial turf and the college’s new Kenneth R. Gill Stadium made McDaniel the top choice for Mid Atlantic Football Foundation event founder and organizer, Sean O’Connor.
“We were one of the few states that didn’t have an all-star game, so this was a chance to create and do something unique,” says O’Connor, a 1999 alumnus of McDaniel (then Western Maryland) who coaches baseball at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. “It gives these players exposure – another vehicle to be seen by college coaches.”
About 400 former Crab Bowl participants are currently playing football – and five are on NFL team rosters, including Tavon Austin on the St. Louis Rams, Alec Lemon on the Houston Texans, Jelani Jenkins on the Miami Dolphins, Terrence Garvin on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Brandan Coleman on the Baltimore Ravens Practice Squad.
DeMatha Catholic High School head coach Elijah Brooks and Archbishop Curley High School head coach Sean Murphy will coach the two Maryland all-star teams. O’Connor expects about 300 families to attend the game.
"We are extremely excited to have this event move to our campus," said Paul Moyer, director of athletics at McDaniel. "We believe our stadium is second to none and the perfect venue for an all-star game of this caliber, giving these young student-athletes the first-class experience that our own student-athletes have on a daily basis every fall."
The event is open to the public and tickets are on sale in advance for $15 or at the gate for $20. For more information, go to marylandcrabbowl.com.