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Marvin Burroughs Named MVP of the Adam Taliaferro Football Classic

Friday, June 28, 2002

By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer

When the Blue team lined up on the football field against the White team in the Adam Taliaferro Football Classic game Friday evening, quarterback Marvin Burroughs from Atlantic City High School felt very comfortable in the pocket for the Blue team throwing four touchdown passes in the first half of this game. The all-star offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage giving Burroughs time to find the open receivers. The White team could not get anything going in this game as the Blue team dominated both offensively and defensively. The White team eluded the shutout by scoring a fourth quarter touchdown, but losing this game 45-7.

High school football was still alive at Rowan University participating in the Adam Taliaferro Football Classic Game. The South Jersey Football Coaches Association as well as the Adam Taliaferro Foundation had to be excited about the proceeds generated. The importance of this game was well received as the stands and media coverage were in attendance. People were taking the time out to watch these football players battle it out on the gridiron for four quarters. Mr. Taliaferro himself was in attendance watching the game from the sidelines.

The White team consisted of players from the Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties. The coaches were Dennis Scuderi (Head Coach), Jim Boyd, Tom Cohen, Tom Garczynski, Mike McBride, Bernie O'Connor and Dennis Scuderi Jr. The Blue team was players from the Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May and Cumberland counties. The coaches were Ty Belford (Head Coach), Nelson Hayspell, Matt Baldwin, P.J. Mehigan, Doug Volovar, Tom Ostroski and Keith Hoover.

This game started with the Blue team scoring on their first series from scrimmage. Burroughs tossed a pass to Pemberton's Tyrone Gould who got loose down the left sideline for a 65-yard score. St. Augustine Prep's Pat Lombardi drilled the point after to give the Blue team a quick, 7-0 lead. The defense held the White team in check as they gave their offense another shot at scoring. That's when coach Belford used a little trickery with a flea flicker back to Burroughs, whose 23-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Parrish Miller from Cinnaminson just standing alone in the endzone.

It seemed as if the Blue team came ready to play as they totally dominated the first half. Bridgeton's Anthony Witter rushed for a 29-yard touchdown, his first of two rushing scores on the day, put the Blue team up 21-0. Burlington Citys Marcus Baker was on the receiving of a 75-yard touchdown reception. Burroughs added his fourth touchdown pass of the day to Willingboro's A.J. McQuillar gave the Blue team more than enough points to win this game. Pennsvilles Ralph Fisher scored the only touchdown for the White team.

Photos by Art Redd

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