Suitland topples Damascus to capture state title, 14-7

Class 4A football

December 03, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Marte Harley scored on a 1-yard run with 3:29 left, ending a 14-play, 66-yard drive that consumed over seven minutes, as Suitland of Prince George's County dethroned Damascus of Montgomery County, 14-7, in last night's Class 4A state final at M&T Bank Stadium.

Navorro Bowman (19 carries, 148 yards) rushed nine times for 37 yards in the drive, which ended a nine-game winning streak for the defending champion Swarmin' Hornets' (12-2), along with their quest for their sixth overall crown.

"[Bowman] is a tough kid. They came back well after our touchdown," Damascus coach Dan Makosy said. "We did everything we could to stop them. They were a little bit better than us tonight."

The Rams (13-1) won their first state title in three championship appearances. Suitland lost in consecutive title games to Seneca Valley in 1997 and '98.

Damascus running back Matt Reidy entered the game with 1,731 yards and 17 touchdowns, but was held to 135 yards on 31 carries (nine for 16 in the second half). But with 374 carries, Reidy eclipsed the state single-season record (360).

Suitland 7 0 0 7 - 14

Damascus 0 0 0 7 - 7

S-Howard 39 run (Hernandez kick) D-Cosgrove 18 pass from Sprankle (Martinez kick) S-Harley 1 run (Hernandez kick)

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