State football finals

High Schools

December 09, 2005|By LEM SATTERFIELD

Today's game

Class 4A

Who -- Sherwood (12-1) vs. Damascus (13-0)

Where -- M&T Bank Stadium

Time -- 7 p.m.

Outlook -- This matchup of Montgomery County teams pits Damascus' run-oriented offense against Sherwood's pass-oriented one. Al Thomas of two-time 4A state champion Sherwood coached five state title-winning teams at Seneca Valley and two at Damascus. Damascus, winner of five state titles, is coached by Thomas' former assistant, Dan Makosy, who led the Swarmin' Hornets to a state title in 2003 and a runner-up finish last year. Thomas' assistant Terry Changuris coached seven of Seneca Valley's 12 state championship squads. Damascus, ranked No. 1 in The Washington Post, won the regular-season meeting, 25-7, over Sherwood, ranked No. 4 in The Post.

Tomorrow's games

Class 2A

Who -- No. 8 South Carroll (10-3) vs. Potomac (11-2)

Where -- M&T Bank Stadium

Time -- Noon

Outlook -- The Cavaliers of Carroll County are making their first title-game appearance. The defending champion Wolverines of Prince George's County are making their third straight and fourth overall. South Carroll QB-DB Jason Burns (6-2, 185) has passed for 1,302 yards and 12 TDs, and made eight interceptions on defense. The Cavaliers have won four straight games and eight of their past nine, led by RB Ryan Hash (27 rushing TDs), DL Chris Hersche (17 sacks) and an athletic, two-way line whose average size is 6-1, 225 pounds. The Wolverines counter with sizable athletes at nearly every position, starting with RB-LBs Antoinial Coles (6-2, 205) and Adrian McLeod (6-1, 210), QB James Nickens (6-1, 215), WR Bobby Shannon (6-5, 190), and 6-foot, 190-pound twin brother LBs Stephan and Steven Stanbach.

Class 1A

Who -- Snow Hill (12-1) vs. Allegany (12-0)

Where -- M&T Bank Stadium

Time -- 3:30 p.m.

Outlook -- Auburn-bound running back Ben Tate (5-11, 215) of Snow Hill enters the game with 5,758 career rushing yards - 32 shy of the state's career mark established by Georgetown Prep's Marcus Mason in 2002. Tate and the Eagles enter the program's fifth state title game, but their first since 1982 when Snow Hill won its second state crown. The Eagles, coming off last weekend's 20-18 win over last year's champion, Dunbar, meet a program that is after its eighth state title in its 10th championship game berth. Allegany RB Jeff Link leads the Campers.

Class 3A

Who -- No. 2 Westminster (12-1) vs. Gwynn Park (13-0)

Where -- M&T Bank Stadium

Time -- 7 p.m.

Outlook -- The Owls of Carroll County earned their first playoff berth in 24 years, and their first state title-game appearance since 1976. They are led by QB Kevin Clancy (county-record 3,144 passing yards, 38 TDs), all-purpose back Ryan Finch (1,237 yards rushing 14 TDs, 797 receiving, 10 TDs), WR Ryan Payne (15 receiving TDs) and WR Chris Maienshein (six receiving TDs). Gwynn Park is in its seventh state playoff appearance and its second state title game. The Yellow Jackets are led by RB-DB William Little (5-10, 210), whose two fourth-quarter scores sparked last weekend's 30-21 win over River Hill after trailing 21-9.

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