The 57th annual Big 33 Football Classic is scheduled to take place this weekend at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa.
The annual event features top student-athletes from Maryland going head to head against Pennsylvania’s finest.
“At first I didn’t know it was such a big deal,” said former Northwest standout Josh Gills, The Sentinel Player of the Year last season. “My high school coach [Michael Neubeiser] played in it and told me it was a neat and fun experience, and something enjoyable before college.”
The multi-faceted player accounted for more than 1,800 yards and 25 touchdowns in helping lead the Jaguars to the 4A state title last season.
Gills, who played various positions in high school including quarterback and wide receiver, has signed with Duquesne.
“I was looking for an inner city school,” said Gills. “I went on my visit, and everything just got rolling from there.”
Gills along with former Northwest teammates Rasheed Gillis and Samer Manna make up one-third of the Montgomery County contingent competing in Saturday’s all-star game. Former Seneca Valley defensive lineman Daniel Appouh, The Sentinel’s Defensive Player of the Year, has also been selected to participate.
Javon Curry (Paint Branch), Stephon Jacob (Damascus), Kevin Joppy (Quince Orchard) and Gaithersburg’s Avery Taylor and Solomon Vault round out the Montgomery County delegation.
Vault, who missed much of last season due to injury, will more than likely be anxious to get back on the field. He described his biggest accomplishment in football as “getting a scholarship to play at Northwestern. I get to play for the next four to five years and make my family proud.”