Commentary

News and notes from the Crab Bowl

Updated: December 21, 2009, 10:13 PM ET
By Mike Loveday | ESPN RISE

BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Washington All-Stars used three interceptions, two by Louis Young, to defeat the Baltimore All-Stars 24-21 in the 2nd Annual Maryland Crab Bowl at Johnny Unitas Stadium on the Towson University campus Monday night.

Zach Zwinak was named the MVP for the Baltimore team while Louis Young took home the honor for Washington. Good Counsel's A.J. Bowman and Dunbar's Joshua Alaeze took home the co-linemen of the game honors.

Young got the Washington squad on the board with a 72-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter. DeMatha's Lorenzo Waters returned another interception 29 yards for the second Washington score.

Damascus' Brian Lucas had a 65-yard touchdown run and John Carpenter had a 42-yard field goal to cap the scoring for Washington.

For Baltimore, Cosh threw three touchdowns to three different receivers. Matt Robinson had a 32-yard touchdown catch, Ryan Dixon hauled in a 5-yard pass and Ronnie Harris had a 23-yard scoring reception.

Arundel's Billy Cosh completed 31-of-54 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns in his final high school football game.

News and notes from the Crab Bowl

Decisions, decisions: With the All-State teams scheduled for release on Tuesday and the Consensus All-State team released on Wednesday, the Crab Bowl proved to be the final time voters can see any of the players in action.

And the game could be the deciding factor in at least one of the honors - Defensive Player of the Year.

The two leading vote getters, Louis Young and Nick Forbes, both played on Monday with Young making two interceptions and one touchdown. Forbes was in on several plays, making several tackles in the game.

No fear of commitment: Four players committed to colleges during the Crab Bowl: Michael Coley, Bisi Ezekoye, Josh Furman and Louis Young.

Each player committed during one of the four quarters with Ezekoye choosing Harvard, Coley picking California, Young heading to Stanford and Furman to Michigan.

Flash from the past: Staring at the sidelines of the 2nd annual Maryland Crab Bowl there was a sense of déjà-vu.

Coaching the Baltimore team was Linganore's Rick Conner and on the other sideline was former Sherwood head coach Al Thomas and Huntingtown's Jerry Franks.

Thomas and Conner met last year in the Class 4A state championship game with Sherwood coming out on top, 21-3.

Conner got his state championship this year, leading Linganore to a 31-14 over Frank's Huntingtown squad.

Leaving on a jet plane: Conner is not done with his season yet. The latest state champion coach will be an assistant coach in the upcoming Army All-American game in San Antonio (Texas) on Saturday, Jan. 9. Conner will leave for the game on Jan. 2.

Conner will have company in Texas, with four Maryland athletes playing in the game.

Nick Forbes, Ego Ferguson, Arie Kouandjio and Zach Zwinak are all scheduled to play in the game which will be televised on NBC at Noon.

Schools out for Winter: With a majority of schools closed on Tuesday what started out as a school night for many of the Crab Bowl participants ended up being an early start to their Winter breaks.

Teammates reunited: Ego Ferguson and Forrest Mason were teammates at St. John's Catholic Prep six months ago, but both transferred before the start of the 2009 season - Ferguson to Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) and Mason to Frederick.

Both have kept in touch and were on the same sideline during the game.

"We're going out for dinner after the game," Ferguson said.

"Yeah and then we're going to go home and I'm going to beat him in some NCAA (Football)," Mason added jokingly.

GAME LEADERS

BALTIMORE

Passing: Billy Cosh (Arundel) - 299 yards, 3 TD
Rushing: Zach Zwinak (Linganore) 45 yards
Receiving: Matt Robinson (Atholton), 5/95, 1 TD

WASHINGTON

Passing: Jerry Lovelocke (Edmondson), 32 yards
Rushing: Brian Lucas (Damascus), 7/74, 1 TD
Receiving: Mitchell Pollard (Springbrook), 3/30