WALDORF – A touchdown run scored late in the fourth quarter was enough to give the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference (SMAC) All-Star team a 12-7 victory over the Prince George’s County football All-Stars in this year’s edition of the 12th edition of the Chick-fil-A Challenge football game on Dec. 14 at North Point High School.
The Prince George’s squad featured senior student-athletes from this year’s football season, featuring 46 players representing 17 different high schools.
The school with the most players invited to the event was Charles H. Flowers with seven selected while Dr. Henry A. Wise, Suitland and Fairmont Heights tied with the second-most with five athletes apiece.
The SMAC All-Stars scored first after a quarterback sneak to give the home team a six-point advantage early in the second quarter. Defenses dominated the game as Prince George’s remained shutout heading to halftime and SMAC was silenced until the fourth quarter.
It took three quarters before the Prince George’s All-Stars scored as Suitland High School running back Latrell McCants ran 19 yards to the end zone. Following the converted extra point, the visitors took over the lead with over 13 minutes remaining in the game.
However, with less than two minutes remaining, Patuxent High School running back Dajore Brooks ran through for a 5-yard touchdown to give SMAC a 12-7 lead.
With nine seconds remaining, the Prince George’s All-Stars had one more chance to win the game. Surrattsville High School quarterback Ryan Otey stepped back to launch a heave down to the end zone to any open receiver.
However, the pass was knocked down by two SMAC defenders as time expired. As soon as the ball hit the ground, the SMAC All-Stars ran into the field to celebrate.
With the victory, the SMAC earn their fifth win in the annual event. Prince George’s still leads the series with seven wins.