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Annual Chick-Fil-A Game Has Stars on Both Sides of Field

The top high school football players in Prince George’s County dominated the prep stars from the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference (SMAC), 35-6, during the 11th annual Chick-fil-A Challenge at Dr. Henry A. Wise High School in Upper Marlboro this month.

The Dec. 8 game pitted top athletes from Prince George’s against their counterparts from Charles and St. Mary’s counties, all of whom are selected for the game by their respective coaches.

Photo courtesy of Frederick Douglass High School

“This is chance for the kids to come out and showcase themselves,” said Ed Shields, head coach at Suitland High and president of the Prince George’s County Coaches Association.

The game came at critical time for college recruiters locally and nationally who need valuable film to evaluate and recruit talent for next season and beyond.

“They played very well today and this gives colleges another chance to look at them,” Shields said. “It is with another county that is doing the same things with these kids, and —win or lose — you play hard as you can. And all of the kids enjoyed the game.”

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Hamil R. Harris

Hamil Harris is an award-winning journalist who worked at the Washington Post from 1992 to 2016. During his tenure he wrote hundreds of stories about the people, government and faith communities in the Greater Washington Area. Hamil has chronicled the Million Man March, the Clinton White House, the September 11 attack, the sniper attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the campaign of President Barack Obama and many other people and events. Hamil is currently a multi-platform reporter on the Local Desk of the Washington Post where he writes a range of stories, shoots photos and produces videos for the print and online editions of the Post. In addition, he is often called upon to report on crime, natural disasters and other breaking issues. In 2006 Harris was part of a team of reporters that published the series “Being a Black Man.” He was also the reporter on the video project that accompanied the series that won two Emmy Awards, the Casey Medal and the Peabody Award. Hamil has lectured at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, the American University, the University of Maryland and the University of the District of Columbia. He also lectures several times a year to interns during their semester in the District as part of their matriculation at the Consortium of Christian Colleges and Universities.

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