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FOOTBALLSTATE CLASS 1A SEMIFINALSMILFORD MILL (8-3)

November 21, 1991|By Sam Davis

FOOTBALL

STATE CLASS 1A SEMIFINALS

MILFORD MILL (8-3) at NO. 2 WILDE LAKE (11-0)

* Time: Saturday, 1 p.m.

* Outlook: Wilde Lake, which has won 24 straight, is one victory away from its second straight appearance in the state finals and two victories away from becoming only the sixth team to repeat as a state champion. Wilde Lake, which took the state 2A championship last year, is making its sixth playoff appearance and also won a title in 1985. The Wildecats have outscored their opponents 354-47, including a 43-7 victory over Easton in last week's quarterfinals. RB Damon Hamlin has 1,130 yards and 21 TDs. QB Phil White has thrown for more than 1,000 yards and 11 TDs. LB Brent Guyton leads the defense. Milford Mill won its seventh straight with an 8-7 win over Perryville in the quarterfinals last week. QB Jerome Dennis keys the run-and-shoot offense. He has thrown for 1,720 yards and 16 TDs. SEs Dennis Badham and Donald Covington are the Millers' top receivers. The Millers have allowed just 42 points during their seven-game win streak. Milford Mill, which won a state title in 1987, is also making its sixth playoff appearance.

NO. 15 JOPPATOWNE (8-3) at SMITHSBURG (10-1)

* Time: Saturday, 1 p.m.

* Outlook: Joppatowne made three straight trips to the finals between 1974-76 and won a state title in 1975. The Mariners are making their sixth state playoff appearance and third straight. Defense has been the key for Joppatowne, which has ranked among the area leaders in average points allowed (7.7) all season. Last week the Mariners forced five fumbles and had two interceptions en route to a 24-12 quarterfinal victory over Cambridge. The defensive leaders are DT Bill Hadrys, LB Chris Weber and DBs Damon Davies, Vernon Wingfield and Dan Thomas. Davies, who is also the QB, had both interceptions last week and threw for 111 yards. Smithsburg has been in the state finals seven times and has won four titles, most recently in 1988. Smithsburg lost to Kent in last year's 1A final, 8-7. This season Smithsburg has been led by TB Colby Bachtell (1,191 yards, 10 TDs) and FB/LB Tolby Williams, who has run for nearly 1,000 yards and made more than 100 tackles.

STATE CLASS 2A SEMIFINALS

MIDDLETOWN (10-1) vs. NO. 3 OVERLEA (11-0)

* Site: Dundalk Community College

* Time: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

* Outlook: A win would put Overlea in the state championship game for the first time since 1988. Overlea, which is making an area-best sixth straight state playoff appearance, beat Edgewood 24-20 in last week's quarterfinals. The Falcons average 33.2 points. RB Tyrese Barmer, who led the area with 1,501 yards during the regular season, added 118 yards and a TD in last week's win. QB Bernard Fitchette ran for 104 yards and two TDs. Middletown hasn't been to the finals since 1981 but is in the playoffs for the sixth time since 1981. Last week Middletown beat Chopticon 33-28 in the quarterfinals. Middletown hasn't lost since its season-opening 3-0 defeat vs. Thomas Johnson. RB/LB Mike Pilch leads the Knights. He ran for nearly 700 yards and 14 TDs during the regular season and also ran for four TDs last week.

WICOMICO (11-0) at ALLEGANY (9-1)

* Time: Saturday, 1 p.m.

* Outlook: Allegany's Wing-T attack features RBs Steve Milburn (1,149 yards, 12 TDs) and Jeremy Hedrick (750 yards, 11 TDs). RB Scott McGann scored twice in the 21-7 quarterfinal defeat of Oakland Mills. Wicomico, which beat Chesapeake-BC 28-8 in last week's quarterfinals, is led by RBs C.J. McKenzie, Sean Johnson and Kenny Warrington; each has run for more than 500 yards. Wicomico is making its first playoff appearance, while Allegany is making its 10th. Allegany has been to the finals seven times and won five titles, the last in 1989.

STATE CLASS 3A SEMIFINALS

DOUGLASS-PG (10-1) at LINGANORE (10-1)

* Time: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

* Outlook: Douglass (Prince George's) edged C.M. Wright 28-27 in the quarterfinals, while Linganore beat Watkins Mill 15-8. RB Greg Lawrence, who caught the winning two-point conversion vs. C.M. Wright, has run for more than 1,000 yards. Douglass has allowed 51 points in its last seven games. Linganore has been to the state finals twice and won a state title in 1989. RB John Seymour has 1,521 yards and 19 TDs, scoring both TDs in last week's win.

SENECA VALLEY (10-1) at MCDONOUGH-CHARLES (11-0)

* Time: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

* Outlook: Seneca Valley, which has outscored its opponents 380-101, rolled to a 41-7 victory in last week's quarterfinals against a South River defense that had surrendered only 79 points all season. QB Matt Romans has thrown for 1,277 yards and 19 TDs, and RB Bryan Blessing has 1,039 yards and 24 TDs. McDonough RB Sherron Gudger has 1,907 yards rushing and 24 TDs, but the Rams also have a strong defense led by DTs Dave Krebeck and Tony Mitchell.

STATE CLASS 4A SEMIFINALS OXON HILL (9-2) at QUINCE ORCHARD (10-1)

* Time: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

* Outlook: Oxon Hill, making its eighth straight playoff appearance, routed North County, 39-0, in the quarterfinals. RB Jason Buchanan ran for one TD and scored another on an interception. He now has 1,098 yards rushing, 365 receiving, and 14 TDs. Quince Orchard, which edged Paint Branch 13-12 in the quarterfinals, counters with RBs Ray Gray and Jacob Ritchie, who have combined for 1,678 and 15 TDs. QB Larry Hurd has thrown for 979 yards and eight TDs.

LARGO (9-2) at HIGH POINT (9-2)

* Time: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

* Outlook: Largo LB Adrian Calame heads a defense that shut down Old Mill in the Lions' 14-3 quarterfinal win. RB Eric Cariaga has 1,624 yards, and he scored both TDs vs. Old Mill. High Point RB Rhad Miles has 1,573 yards and 20 TDs. The Eagles, whose two losses were each by one point, have allowed only 79 points all year.

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