Last week, Owings Mills coach Ray Groszkowski referred to Kent as a "big team with strong backs."
And last night, he found out just how big and strong Kent is.
Kent (8-4), the defending Class 1A state champion, gained 253 yards rushing en route to a 33-13 win over Owings Mills (9-3) in a semifinal at Catonsville Community College.
Kent will meet the winner of today's 1 p.m. Smithsburg-Rising Sun game in the championship game next Saturday at a site to be named.
Junior Sean Freeman led the Trojans, gaining 114 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Junior Wayne Lee added 56 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
"They were just bigger than us," Groszkowski said. "We figured they would grind the ball out behind their offensive line, but sooner or later, we just got tired."
Owings Mills started quickly, however, taking a 7-0 lead on a 9-yard touchdown run by Marlin Matthews (17 carries for 117 yards, two touchdowns). It took the Eagles just 1 minutes, 51 seconds to score, moving 57 yards on four plays. Matthews carried three times for 56 yards on the drive.
Kent answered with a 14-play, 71-yard drive, capped by Freeman's 2-yard touchdown run. The Trojans took the lead for good, 8-7, on Freeman's two-point conversion run.
On its next possession, Kent drove 76 yards in five plays, taking a 14-7 lead on Lee's 42-yard run with 10:47 remaining in the first half.
The Eagles pulled within, 14-13 on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Eric Rumenap to Matthews 1:23 later.
That was to be Owings Mills' last score of the day. Kent, however, was just getting started.
It took just two plays for Kent to score again, taking a 20-13 lead on a 58-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Newman by Marone Brown with 8:00 left.
Kent had time for another touchdown before the end of the first half. After Chris Mason recovered a fumble by Rumenap for the Trojans at Owings Mills' 28-yard line, Kent needed five plays, the last a 15-yard touchdown run by Ronnie Turner, to take a 26-13 lead with 4:30 left.
Kent's final drive of the first half was stalled at the Eagles' 25 when time expired.
Owings Mills finally managed to stop Kent on offense on the Trojan' opening possession of the third quarter. But on the Eagles' first play on offense in second half, James Robinson intercepted Rumenap's pitch behind the line, giving Kent possession at Owings Mills' 15. Four plays later, Freeman scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to make it 33-13.