Gilman senior Darius Jennings
compiled 150 all-purpose yards to lead the South to a 30-27 come-from-behind win over the North in the inaugural Chesapeake Bowl, held Thursday night on the Towson University campus.
The North scored on its first two possessions at Johnny Unitas Stadium before the highly recruited Jennings, who has reportedly narrowed his choices to Ohio State, Virginia and Wake Forest, scored the South's first touchdown on a 10-yard run with 14:08 left in the second quarter.
The North scored again before left-handed quarterback Zach Dancel
(Our Lady of Good Counsel) connected with Cincinnati-bound Malcolm Crockett
(Friendship Collegiate) for a 34-yard touchdown to pull the South within seven, 21-14, just prior to halftime.
The South came out of the locker room with the same momentum that it went in with and quickly got on the scoreboard when Matt Zanellato
(Lake Braddock) caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Percee Goings
The South struck again when a 49-yard halfback pass from Jennings to Friendship wide receiverJordan Katrell
set up a 20-yard field goalby DeMatha's Michael Branthover
to give the South its first lead, 23-21.
A 52-yard touchdown run by Dancel late in the fourth quarter would prove to be the game-winner because, trailing by nine, the North scored another touchdown on its next and final possession.
The South squad featured players from schools in Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia and West Virginia, while the North brought players from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
"It was a great week," South coach Biff Poggi (Gilman) said in an e-mail the day after the game. "I've coached in a bunch of all-star games, and this was the best experience I've had. It was a great bunch of kids and coaches."