Washington D.C. Game Thoughts

The Washington D.C. all stars went into Saturday's first annual Crab Bowl with a lot of swagger and expectations of winning and they did not disappoint. Using a solid rushing attack and a consistent passing attack they controlled the tempo of the game on offense all day. On defense, they relied upon an unblockable defensive line and a group of swarming linebackers.

Going into the game we expected to see a solid offensive attack featuring Maryland commitment, running back Caleb Porzel. Porzel accepted the role of workhorse and proceeded full steam ahead. Porzel carried the ball fourteen times for 40 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Caleb also led the team in receptions with five for 28 yards. Porzel is only 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, however he runs like a guy who is 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds. He exploded through the hole on dives and counter plays and was the teams go-to guy on the goal line. Caleb has a wide array of jukes and moves, and he was nearly impossible to tackle with just one defender.

Porzel's Good Counsel teammate, quarterback Tyler Campbell did not start the game, however he took advantage of his opportunity to play when he did get in. Campbell completed ten of his fourteen passes for 110 yards, which led the team. He showed good zip on his ball and led his receivers nicely, giving them some space to work with after they caught the ball. Campbell is currently being recruited by Brown, Dayton, Army, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Quarterback Tom Chroniger, a lefty, started the game for the D.C. all stars and showed good versatility. Chroniger completed five of his seven attempts for fifty yards. He was also called upon to run the ball seven times, which the Baltimore team did not seem to be expecting. Chroniger picked up a couple of first downs with his legs, one of which on a third and short on a pretty looking quarterback draw. Chroniger recently withdrew his verbal commitment to Eastern Michigan, and with his strong performance in the Crab Bowl, he should be getting plenty of offers from Division one schools in the very near future.

The versatile Devon Smith, a Penn State commit, did not have as much success on the offensive side of the ball as many had anticipated. Smith carried the ball only two times for seven yards, but caught the ball nicely with three receptions for twenty-one yards. Smith did have a huge impact on the game however. After the Baltimore squad rallied at the end of the first half to make the score 16-14 in favor of the D.C. team, it looked like the momentum might be starting to shift. However on the opening kickoff of the second half, Devon Smith shifted the momentum back to his team. Smith bobbled the ball initially and it was on the turf for a few seconds, causing the Baltimore team to break down and not stay in their lanes. Smith made them pay for that mistake. He used his blazing speed to take the kickoff 98 yards to the house, and in a flash the Washington team was back up 23-14.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Washington D.C. defensive line was seemingly unblockable, tallying five sacks and holding the Baltimore squad to only fifteen rushing yards on eighteen attempts. Middle linebacker really stood out amongst a group of ‘backers who were much more highly touted coming into the Crab Bowl. Darr led his team in tackles with seven and a half, including five assisted tackles, a sack and one and half tackles for loss. Darr flew to the ball all game, and while Maryland, James Madison, and the University of New Hampshire are the only schools showing interest right now, he does not currently have offers from any schools. If Crab Bowl founders Sean O'Connor and Chuck Harmon get their wish, that should all change.

Another linebacker who shined was Maryland commit Lorne Goree. Goree totaled three solo tackles and four assisted tackles. Goree reads plays nicely and flows to the ball. Once he arrives at the ballcarrier he packs a punch and does not miss many tackles. Goree has good size and 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, and has plenty of room to add bulk once he gets started on a solid weight lifting program in college.

The Washington defensive line set the tempo all game and totally dominated the Baltimore offensive line. Defensive lineman Drew Cheripko, from Northwest high school, has a motor that never stops running and stood out amongst a group of more highly recognized defensive linemen. Cheripko registered two tackles, two tackles for loss, along with two sacks. Cheripko is currently being recruited by Eastern Michigan , Old Dominion, and Towson University, however with his strong performance in the Crab Bowl and his 6-foot-5 , 245 pound frame, Cheripko should be attracting more attention as we get closer to signing day.

Stanford commit Terrence Stephens looked unstoppable from his defensive tackle position. Stephens, 6-foot-1, 290 pounds, was always in the backfield and consistently drove back whichever offensive lineman was trying to block him. Stephens is not only a great football player but also a terrific young man. He is very well spoken, and obviously very intelligent as he is heading to Stanford. Not only does Terrence enjoy attacking quarterbacks and blowing up running backs, he also enjoys a good game of chess.

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