UPPER MARLBORO – Chick-Fil-A’s 2015 Prince George’s vs. SMAC Challenge (Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland) took place at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School on Dec. 12. With 64 degree weather beaming down on the field, the Prince George’s County All-Stars and SMAC All-Stars were ready to showcase their talents in a local […]
UPPER MARLBORO – Chick-Fil-A’s 2015 Prince George’s vs. SMAC Challenge (Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland) took place at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School on Dec. 12.
With 64 degree weather beaming down on the field, the Prince George’s County All-Stars and SMAC All-Stars were ready to showcase their talents in a local showdown.
In the end the SMAC All-Stars came away with a nail-biting 23-22 victory.
Prince George’s (PG) received the ball first and started its drive with an impressive run from Suitland’s Marcus Haynes, putting PG in great shape at midfield. Thomas Myers of Douglass then found multiple breaches in SMAC’s defense and he used them to his advantage. Myers set up an option play for a touchdown and gave the PG squad the first scoring drive of the game.
During the second quarter, Wise stud running back CJ Rainey, along with Myers, found little trouble of maneuvering through the SMAC defense. Rainey touchdown run in the second quarter tied the game at 16-16.
“I found good spacing and used it to my advantage,” Rainey said.
Rainey was happy with his play in the All-Star game, and while he has some college and universities on his radar, said the University of Massachusetts would be his number one choice. Rainey helped propel the Pumas to a 2015 State Championship victory over the Howard Lions last week.
Rainey’s teammate, Wise’s Myles Wolfolk, helped pump up the intensity of their defense by laying a hard hit on the SMAC offense that gave the entire place a much needed boost of energy. Positioned to be a wide receiver, the versatility of Wolfolk was essential in the game after he made plays on both ends of the field. Wolfolk is an early commit and will begin his collegiate career at North Carolina University on Jan 11.
Wolfolk had a long punt return in the third quarter that helped set up the PG offense for a touchdown and a 22-16 lead. Bladensburg’s Kavon Wade finished off the drive with a scramble into the endzone.
With PG trailing on its final drive, Bowie senior Jason Epps was ready for his moment to shine. With the clock draining down to 54.2 seconds, he found nobody open for the pass. Instead, Epps called his own number and kept the ball himself, edging the locals 10 yards away from a touchdown.
“We run a no-huddle offense at Bowie, with 80 percent of our offense coming from throws. I found space and took it as far as I could,” Epps said.
Coach Kenneth Amaker, who heads Central High School during the season, knew the clock was an enemy.
“We had no timeouts left and I knew we couldn’t keep running the ball,” Amaker said.
The PGAll-Stars had found little-to-no trouble running the ball early in the game, but the SMAC defense only intensified as the game wore on. That led to an interception, giving SMAC possession of the ball and eventually running down the clock to its denouement.
“We played extremely well. We just weren’t able to execute on a lot of opportunities,” Amaker added.
DuVal’s Demarco Seay, a cornerback-slash-wide receiver who is trying to decide between Duke and Michigan State, said it was a bittersweet ending.
“We played a good one. We just couldn’t finish it off,” Seay said.