Westminster advances, 21-7

No. 2 Owls oust Linganore in 3A West

No. 5 Patterson loses

Football

High Schools

November 19, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Quarterback Kevin Clancy connected with Ryan Payne on two touchdown passes, including a 10-yarder to the back of the end zone with 3:31 left that sealed host No. 2 Westminster's 21-7 win over Linganore last night in the Class 3A West football semifinals.

The win avenged the Owls' lone loss of the season and gave them their first playoff victory since 1976. Top-seeded Westminster (10-1) will play host to Seneca Valley, a 45-39 winner over Urbana last night, in Friday's regional final.

"We wanted to play Linganore in the first round so we could get our revenge," said Clancy, whose team lost to the Lancers, 22-10, in early October. "We knew we could beat them."

Clancy, who last week became Carroll County's all-time single-season passing leader, finished 11-for-19 for 154 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions, and also scored on a 1-yard plunge late in the first quarter to give his team a 6-0 lead.

Running back Ryan Finch added 130 yards on the ground for the Owls.

Just as effective as Westminster's offense, however, was its defense, which held the Lancers (8-3) to 145 yards of total offense and stifled Linganore running back Jon Sweadner. Sweadner, one of the most prolific rushers in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League, was playing with a concussion.

"The defense stepped up tonight. They played probably their best game of the year," said Westminster coach Brad Wilson.

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No. 14 Perry Hall 29, No. 5 Patterson 6 -- Mike Rogers ran for a touchdown and more than 100 yards, and Jason Mattison added two touchdowns to lead the host Gators (11-0) to the upset of the Clippers (9-2) in a Class 4A North first-round game. "Being that they knocked us out of the playoffs the last two years and beat us pretty bad last year, it helped that we had control of the game from the get-go," Perry Hall coach Nick Arminio said.

No. 6 Dunbar 56, Samuel L. Banks 0 -- Senior Quinton Garrus rushed for 182 yards and three touchdowns as the Poets (9-2) routed the visiting Lions in a Class 1A South semifinal.

No. 9 River Hill 21, Long Reach 13 -- Daniel Hostetler ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as the Hawks (10-1) beat the Lightning (9-2) in Class 3A East. River Hill will play the winner of Severna Park/North Harford next week.

Atholton 24, McDonough 19 -- Patrick Hayden scored a 6-yard touchdown with 7:28 left in the game to lift the Raiders (8-3) over the visiting Rams (7-4) in Class 2A South. McDonogh led 19-17 in the fourth quarter. Atholton will host the winner of today's Glenelg/Potomac game.

Brunswick 68, Pikesville 42 -- The Railroaders put 54 first-half points on the board as they topped the visiting Panthers in an old-fashioned shootout in Class 1A North. The combined 110 points is the most ever scored regional playoff game.

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