Top High School Football Players to Square Off in Maryland Crab Bowl XII

Annual Showcase of High School Seniors comes to Salisbury this weekend

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(Salisbury, MD)  —  For high school seniors across the state of Maryland, playing football in December means you’re at the top of your game. Only the best-of-the-best play in December; whether that means battling it out for a state or conference championship or being one of the select few who get to showcase their talents in the Maryland Crab Bowl High School All-Star Football Game.

“This game is just a great way for seniors to end their careers by being recognized as one of the best in their state,” said Tony Kennedy, President of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Foundation Inc., which manages this and several other events that provide opportunities to student-athletes who aspire to play football at the collegiate level. 

(Left) Adrian Amos; (Right) Marquel Lee. Photo Courtesy of NFL.com

The Maryland Crab Bowl, held annually in December, is the only recognized football All Star game in the state of Maryland. Kennedy takes great pride in the fact that several alumni from past Maryland Crab Bowl games are currently playing football in the NCAA and NFL. Among those are Calvert Hall High School (Baltimore) alumni and current Green Bay Packers defensive back Adrian Amos, and Westlake High School (Waldorf) graduate and current Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquel Lee

For the 12th Annual Maryland Crab Bowl, Kennedy announced earlier this year that the game will be played on the Eastern Shore for the first time ever, at Sea Gull Stadium on the campus of Salisbury University. Kennedy stressed the importance of expanding the game beyond its traditional location from the Baltimore-Washington Metro area, “Salisbury has been wonderful and we felt that by bringing game to the Eastern Shore that it would bring much needed exposure to all of our kids, not just the kids around our Beltways.” Kennedy said that the players are looking forward to all of the activities that have been planned across the Lower Eastern Shore as part of the All-Star Weekend festivities.

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In addition to the game, players and their families are invited to attend the banquet Friday evening in Ocean City at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. There is also a planned visit to the Harriet Tubman Underground RailRoad and State Park and Museum in Dorchester County. Game day kicks off at 9:30 Saturday morning, starting with the 7th and 8 Grade Crab Bowl Youth All Star Games, as the Eastern Shore will take on Virginia Beach in two separate contests. The 12th Annual Maryland Crab Bowl High School Seniors All-Star Game will begin at 1:30 p.m., as the top players from Maryland public and private high schools and the District of Columbia face-off. 

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“The opportunity afforded to these players, to showcase their abilities against their peers, while also representing their schools and their hometowns is something truly special for any student-athlete,” said Maryland Sport Executive Terry Hasseltine, who will serve as the keynote speaker at Friday evening’s banquet. “This is also a huge win for Salisbury University and the Lower Eastern Shore community which, in recent years, has become a premier destination for sport tourism events from all over the country,” Hasseltine added.

Cole Lacey, Sports Marketing Representative for Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism, called the game, “A fantastic opportunity for some of the most elite football players in the state to come to our area, as well as, showcase the great facilities that Salisbury University has to offer.” Lacey says there is a lot of excitement around the fact that the Eastern Shore will be the home of the Crab Bowl this year.

For more information, including a complete listing of games and times, visit: https://www.midatlanticsports.org/.

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Maryland Crab Bowl XII

When: Saturday, December 21st

Where: Sea Gull Stadium; Salisbury University

Game Times: 

9:30 a.m. Game 1: 7th grade Crab Bowl Youth Stars (Eastern Shore vs. Virginia Beach)

11:30 a.m. Game 2: 8th grade Crab Bowl Youth Stars (Eastern Shore vs. Virginia Beach)

1:30 p.m. Game 3: The Maryland Crab Bowl XII: High School Senior All-Stars

More information: https://www.midatlanticsports.org/

About the Mid-Atlantic Sports Foundation:

Mid-Atlantic Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization aimed to support all student-athletes who desire to pursue affordable college opportunities through encouragement, education, and premier experiences, enabling them to showcase their passion and talent. 

About Maryland Sports:

The mission of Maryland’s Sports Commission is to enhance Maryland’s economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion, retention and development of regional, national and international sporting events.