The Big 33 Scholarship Foundation announced Wednesday the signing of a five-year agreement to pit Pennsylvania’s best high school football players against the best from Maryland.
Beginning with the 57th Big 33 Classic on Saturday, June 15, 2013, Pennsylvania and Maryland will renew a rivalry that was last played in 1992.
“The Big 33 is happy to welcome Maryland to the PNC Big 33 Football Classic,” Executive Director Dave Timbur said in a news release. “The competition, as well as the proximity to Hershey, will allow this to continue to be the premier high school football all-star game in America.”
The Maryland team replaces Ohio, which Pennsylvania played annually 1993-2012. The last meeting between Pennsylvania and Maryland came in 1992, a 38-0 win for the Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has not won the Big 33 Classic since 2008, losing 24-21 in overtime last year.
Pennsylvania and Maryland met in the Big 33 Football Classic eight times from 1985-92, with Pennsylvania holding a 6-2 edge. Maryland had a record 76 Division I scholarship players in 2012.
The change marks the ninth in the history of the Big 33, which has included national all-star teams, an all-Pennsylvania East-West format, and all-star teams from Texas, Ohio and Maryland.