The Chesapeake Bowl showcases high school football players from Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania (North team) and players from Maryland, Virgina, West Virginia and DC (South team) in a game that has been nicknamed The Civil War.
The South team started the game on offense with an impressive drive, which was capped with a short touchdown run. From then on, the North team dominated the game. The North squad went on to win the game by a score of 38-13.
The South team featured some University of Maryland recruits; including defensive tackle Demetri McGill (Ocean Lakes - VA), defensive end Malik Jones (Dunbar - MD), inside linebacker Cavon Walker (Friendship Collegiate - DC), athlete Milan Collins (Bishop McNamara - MD) and offensive tackle Derwin Gray (Friendship Collegiate - DC).
Derwin Gray was one of the lone bright spots on offense for the South team. On their only scoring drive of the game, Gray gave his quarterback plenty of time in the pocket to throw a deep pass down to the goal line. A few plays later, running back Taquan Muzzell (Bayside - VA) followed Gray into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown run. Gray played left tackle and allowed just one sack.
After the first drive, the South team couldn't get anything going on offense. Gray said the team just didn't play well together.
Basically we didn't execute. We had flaws in our offense, said Gray after the game. I mean, it's a team game and we can't win it on our own. We just didn't have everyone come out and contribute. We fell short in the second half and towards halftime.
The South squad chose not to wear pads in the practices, and it showed. Their defense missed tackles all game and didn't play as physical as their North counterpart.
McGill was one of the few players on defense who seemed ready to play. He played with aggression and was able to get great jumps at the snap. His quick jumps lead to the offensive line trying to over-compensate, resulting in multiple false starts.
It was clear that McGill was in the head of the offense when, after blowing a play up at the line-of-scrimmage, an offensive player hit McGill after the play and received a 15-yard personal foul penalty. McGill says getting in the head of his opponent is part of his game.
I really like to get in people's heads, said McGill. I was kind of taking over the line, so I guess they just started getting frustrated.
It was a game that involved plenty of extra curricular activity after the whistle, as the South team tried to come back from a huge deficit.
If there was a player on the South squad who tried to spark his team, it was inside linebacker Cavon Walker. Walker was flying all over the field and showing emotion every time he or his teammates did something well. Walker even had an interception, but it was called back due to a defensive penalty.
They said it was an illegal speed rush by the defensive end, but I don't know about that, said Walker. It was a little chippy out there, but that's just because everyone here loves the game. Everyone here wants to win.
One of the more intriguing players to watch was quarterback/athlete Milan Collins. Collins played safety for the South team in the game. He showed glimpses of his speed and athleticism throughout the game, nearly intercepting a pass. He also showed how raw he is as a safety, allowing two touchdowns in the game.
Defensive end Malik Jones didn't play much in the game, but showed pass-rushing ability when given a chance. His pass rush in the second quarter forced a bad throw from the quarterback, which should have been picked off.
Though the South squad played poorly as a team, Maryland recruits stood out individually. Derwin Gray can be seen playing in the Under Armour All-America Game, which will be played on January 4 on ESPN.