Written by: Big 33 Staff on July 27, 1991.
Maryland proved it only needed one quarterback to beat Pennsylvania 17-9 in the 34th Big 33 Classic.
Maryland wondered if Matt Byrne could go all the way at quarterback. As it happened, he managed to lead his team to their second victory in this high school version of the Super Bowl. After a scoreless first half, both teams made a couple of changes with Maryland able to break the scoreless deadlock with a 27-yard field goal by David Dearmas.
Pennsylvania finally got on the scoreboard with a 38-yard field goal by Jeff Sauve. The ensuing kickoff gave the PA team a break when Tyler Young recovered a fumble at the Maryland 17-yard line. Coach Tarquinio called for a quick sideline pass, but Maryland’s Russell Thomas was prepared for it and was able to catch the pass and race 85 yards for the clinching touchdown.
Pennsylvania got a closing touchdown on a 35-yard pass from Marchese to Deitrich Jells with just 47 seconds left on the clock. PA tailbacks Mike Archie and Curtis Martin lived up to expectations. Archie gained 69 yards on 12 carries and Martin, who would play as a freshman at Pitt, got 63 yards on 13 carries.