Wilde Lake's Damon Hamlin is no stranger to championships.
As a backup running back last season, he watched as teammate Raphael Wall ran the Wildecats to the Class 2A state title. After inheriting those big shoes, Hamlin began this year with high expectations. A sprained right ankle, however, kept him from having that one big-yardage game.
Yesterday, he got it.
Hamlin gained 146 yards on 24 carries and scored four touchdowns to help host and No. 3 Wilde Lake (8-0, 5-0) clinch the state Class 1A, Region II championship with a 34-13 win over Atholton (5-3, 3-2).
The Wildecats, winners of their last 21 games, took advantage of five Raiders turnovers, including two Hamlin interceptions.
"It's the best game he's played," said Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall. "He's still only about 85 percent, but today we saw the real Damon Hamlin."
"The blocking was there, and the holes were just wide open all day," said Hamlin.
C.M. Wright 49, John Carroll 22
C.M. Wright (8-0, 7-0) clinched at least a tie for first place in the Harford County League, as Chris Gill ran for two touchdowns and caught one of two scoring passes from quarterback Jeff Hawk en route to a victory over host John Carroll (4-4, 3-3).
Oak. Mills 35, Mount Hebron 13
Coupled with Atholton's loss at Wilde Lake yesterday, Oakland Mills (5-3, 4-1) moved into second place in Howard County with a victory over visiting Mount Hebron (1-7, 0-5), as Monte Spencer scored three first-quarter touchdowns. Antwan Baker passed and ran for a score.
Mt. St. Joe 31, McDonogh 10
Brett Campbell passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead Mount St. Joe (2-5, 2-6) over visiting McDonogh (1-6, 1-7) in a MSA A Conference game.
Southwestern 28, Curley 0
Marcus Nickens passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns, as Southwestern (4-3, 3-3) defeated host Curley (0-8, 0-6) in a MSA C Conference game.
Centennial 30, Glenelg 15
Brian Kujawa ran for 176 yards and a touchdown and Shawn West ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns to lead visiting Centennial (4-4, 2-3) past Glenelg (1-7, 1-4) in a Howard County
Douglass 28, Spalding 7
Jerome Anderson returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown and Sam Womack and Robert Williams each returned interceptions for scores, as visiting Douglass (2-5, 2-4) upended Spalding (1-7, 1-5) in a MSA C Conference contest.