State football semifinals

November 30, 2005|By PAT O'MALLEY AND LEM SATTERFIELD

Class 4A

Friday

Old Mill (10-2) @Damascus (12-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: No. 12 Old Mill is in the state semifinals for the first time in school history. Five-time state champion Damascus is making its 11th appearance in the final four. The host Swarmin' Hornets, ranked No. 1 by The Washington Post, last won a state title in 2003, defeating Broadneck, and last year finished as runner-up to Suitland. Under coach Dan Makosy, Damascus likes to run the ball behind a veteran offensive line with 1,000-yard rusher Kyle Hogan and Steve Anderson. Anderson ran 17 times for 73 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner, in a 21-14 victory over Quince Orchard in Friday's 4A West regional final. Old Mill counters with Ryan Callahan, the state's most prolific runner over the past three seasons with 5,000 career rushing yards and 85 touchdowns, one short of the state career record. This season, he has scored 32 touchdowns (29 rushing), including two in Friday's 19-7 win over Arundel in the East final, and gained 1,800 yards rushing. The elusive 5-foot-7, 150-pound Callahan has scored at least one touchdown and run for at least 100 yards in 23 consecutive games. On Friday, he will run against one of the best defenses he has ever faced. Old Mill also can throw if it has to with strong-armed junior quarterback Kelian Stevens. Stevens has completed 61 of 94 passes (64.9 percent) for 1,097 yards, nine touchdowns and only two interceptions. Steve Holmes gives the Patriots a kicking edge, averaging 42.0 yards a punt.

Class 3A

Saturday

River Hill (11-1) @Gwynn Park (12-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Making their first appearance in the state semifinals, the No. 7 Hawks have a history with the Yellow Jackets, who are ranked No. 4 by The Washington Post. River Hill was eliminated by Gwynn Park two years ago in the playoffs, losing big in the second half after a 14-14 first-half tie. Hawks coach Brian Van Deusen is concerned about the Yellow Jackets' team speed and size and is hoping that his team's strength can counteract it. River Hill will try to control the clock and keep the Yellow Jackets' offensive speed off the field. The Hawks are led by two-way lineman B.J. Benning, who had three of his school-record 10 sacks in River Hill's 34-28 victory over then-No. 6 Severna Park in the 3A East final, and running back Nick Campanaro, who ran for 167 yards and three touchdowns. Campanaro has run for 1,421 yards and 18 touchdowns, and quarterback Dan Hostetler has thrown for 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns and run for eight more. Gwynn Park quarterback Andrew Banks has thrown for more than 1,400 yards and 21 touchdowns, with Quintin McCree (30 catches, 11 touchdowns) his primary receiver. William Little has run for 15 touchdowns and nearly 700 yards. Gwynn Park, which has never won a state football title but was a 2000 finalist, prevented Lackey from winning its third straight 3A South title by defeating the Chargers, 26-6, on Saturday behind its outstanding defense. In the past five games, the Gwynn Park defense has scored seven touchdowns, including a blocked punt for six points against Lackey.

Class 3A

Friday

City (11-1) @Westminster (11-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The No. 9 Knights' aggressive defense has three shutouts and allowed an average of 6.5 points in 10 straight wins. The defense is led by defensive backs Sheldon Bell (six interceptions), Josh Rushing (nine interceptions) and Mark Williams (four interceptions); linemen Jonathan McDew (10 sacks), William Mackell (seven sacks) and Chris Hale (six sacks); and linebackers Kyle Brooks (five sacks) and Dominick Roseborough (five sacks). But the No. 2 Owls have been flying high behind quarterback Kevin Clancy (3,044 passing yards, 35 touchdown passes), running back-receiver-returner Ryan Finch (22 touchdowns, nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards), and receivers Ryan Payne (47 receptions, 945 yards, 13 touchdowns) and Chris Maienshein (32, 567, six). Last week, City edged Catonsville, 12-7, surviving a 231-yard effort by the state's No. 1 rusher. Westminster is coming off last week's 38-20 rout of 12-time state champion Seneca Valley.

Class 2A

Friday

Potomac (10-2) @Joppatowne (10-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

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