The locals help Washington top Baltimore in the Maryland Crab Bowl

The 7th annual Maryland Crab Bowl kicked off at McDaniel College where Washington and Maryland all-stars battled on Sunday afternoon. The Maryland Crab Bowl showcases the best of high school football players in the Washington D.C. schools area (Washington) and the Baltimore schools area (Baltimore).

This is not only an opportunity for these high-schoolers to put their pads on one last time before the end of the season, but it is also a way for these athletes to be watched by college scouts. It is a tremendous honor to be selected to play in this annual game in that these players are the best at what they do.

This year, several Eastern Shore players were selected to play for Washington in the Maryland Crab Bowl. There were eight players on Washington from the Bayside League: (1) Nelson Brown – Wicomico, (2) Tavon Thomas – Kent County, (3) Shawn’ye Jones – Parkside, (4) Leon Flournoy – Easton, (5), James Smith – Cambridge S.D., (6) Michael McCaslin – Kent Island, (7) Andrew Houch – Wicomico, and (8) Terry Wilson (Cambridge S.D.).

Washington took the lead within the first few plays in the game and they did not give up the lead for the rest of the game. Nelson Brown had a run up the sidelines before he was pushed out of bounds and helped set up one of three touchdowns scored by Devonte Williams. The biggest lead of the game came in the second quarter at 21-7; however, Baltimore was not ready to go down easily. With three minutes left in the game, Washington led 24-21, but Baltimore could not get past the Washington defense. With just over a minute left in the game, Williams struck again and put the game away with another touchdown to make it a two-score game – Washington held on to win the game 31-21.

After the game, Nelson Brown from WiHi told me he was very excited about the win because he knew everything thought Baltimore was going to win. Brown won the leadership award for the Washington team and he mentioned how proud he was to be able to bring home the win and the award back to Salisbury.

Easton’s Leon Flournoy became the first player at his high school to be selected for the Maryland Crab Bowl and talked about what an honor it was to be apart of this game. He mentioned it was a great way to get recognized by college coaches and also have the opportunity to play with some of the best players in the area.

Over at Parkside, Shawn’ye Jones’ reaction to the game was that he was excited about the win and that it was great to be able to play with guys he has been playing against for years. It is a great way to meet new people and play with the best in the area.

The local players left their mark at the Maryland Crab Bowl and the people of Eastern Shore should be proud.

Categories: High School, Sports