WESTMINSTER -- Host Westminster (6-3, 4-1) extended a 12-7 halftime lead to 25-7, then held on to defeat visiting Linganore (6-3, 4-2), 25-19, in a key Central Maryland Conference game.
If the Owls beat South Carroll on Friday, they would clinch a share of their second straight conference title with the winner of the Frederick-Thomas Johnson game next week. Both those teams also are 4-1 in the conference. The victory eliminated Linganore, co-conference champion last season with Westminster.
"We were really up for this game," said the Owls' Mike Rodgers, who rushed for 76 yards on 17 carries. "We knew this was the key to the CMC championship, and we played our hearts out."