The Mid Atlantic Football Foundation has finalized most of the matchups for the second annual Patriot Classic, a three-day high school football showcase that is scheduled for Sept. 6-8 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Two Montgomery County teams and one Prince George's team have been invited to participate.
DeMatha Catholic High School faces Calvert Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 7, the second game of a Friday evening doubleheader that starts with Red Lion Christian (Del.) vs. Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) at 5 p.m.
On Sept. 8, Landon School meets Annapolis Area Christian at 1:30 p.m., followed by Our Lady of Good Counsel against St. Joseph Regional (N.J.) at 4:30. Additional games on Saturday include St. Peter's Prep (N.J.) against Baltimore's McDonogh School at 10:30 a.m. and Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) against Baltimore's Gilman School at 7:30 p.m.
Don Bosco is a national powerhouse, having lost just two games in the past seven seasons.
A Sept. 6 doubleheader opens with Archbishop Spalding against St. Mary's-Annapolis at 5 p.m. The matchup for the second game tentatively is Meade against Annapolis.
“We want to have the best matchups we can, and we're happy to have three teams from New Jersey,” said Tony Kennedy, the director of football operations for the Mid Atlantic Football Foundation, a non-profit organization which also runs the state-wide Crab Bowl all-star game and the six-state Chesapeake Bowl all-star game.
Kennedy said the third annual Chesapeake Bowl is planned for either Dec. 22 or 23 at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, marking the first time the game will be played in The Gazette's coverage area.
The Crab Bowl, which added Baltimore sports apparel maker Under Armor as a sponsor last year, is also scheduled for December, either at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium or at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Plans are still being finalized, Kennedy said.
The Mid Atlantic Football Foundation plans to stage a football showcase for high school players in the classes of 2013, 2014 and 2015 on May 20 at the Sports and Learning Complex. The event is being held in conjunction with Rivals.com, a website that evaluates and ranks high school football players.
“We want to do the best job we can to get exposure for kids who might not get that chance otherwise,” Kennedy said. “Over two years that we've done the Chesapeake Bowl, we've had about 15 kids get scholarships as a result of the exposure they got there.”
Visit www.midatlanticfootballfoundation.org for more information.