Last night, Dundalk capped a record-setting season by playing host to its first-ever state football playoff game. Unfortunately for the Owls, it wasn't the game they wanted to play.
Linganore's Jon Moravec accounted for 112 all-purpose yards, and Zack Hayes threw for three touchdowns as the Lancers (9-2) defeated the Owls, 52-14, in a Class 3A state quarterfinal at CCBC-Dundalk.
Linganore running back Matt Castor also had 78 yards on 11 carries for the Lancers.
Jaried Rose had 91 yards rushing on 14 carries and scored a touchdown to lead Dundalk (9-2).
"They seemed to know all of our weaknesses," Rose said. "We played some good teams this year, but we've never played a team like that."
The Lancers now advance to next week's state Class 3A semifinals at Northwest, a 19-7 winner over Wilde Lake last night.
Last night's game appeared to start well for the Owls. Dundalk held Linganore on the Lancers' first possession, then picked up a first down after two plays. Then things went bad.
On second-and-7 from his 44, Dundalk quarterback Reggie Frazier's pass was knocked into the air by Linganore defensive end Scott Kent and landed in the arms of the Lancers' Jason Fraley. He returned the ball to the Dundalk 8-yard line, and the Lancers scored on the next play on an Eric Yeroshefsky pass to take a 7-0 lead.
"I thought [the interception] was the biggest play of the game," Dundalk coach David Eubank said. "We had just stopped them on three plays, and then that happens. Give them credit; they're a great team, and [Kent] made a great play."
On the next play from scrimmage, the Owls turned the ball over again when a mishandled exchange was fallen on by Linganore's Jeff Rollins at the Dundalk 11. Four plays later, Bobby Santos' 25-yard field goal gave Linganore a 10-0 lead.
Near halftime, Moravec put the game away when he cut down the sideline and returned the kickoff 94 yards for a 31-6 lead. Dundalk trailed 38-6 at the half.
"Being here in the game was fun for us, even though the score wasn't," Eubank said. "We set a single season school record for wins this year, and I was proud of our effort."