Anderson, Damascus run to 4A state title

His 250 yards, 3 TDs top Sherwood, 21-6


High Schools


Damascus' 5-foot-11, 215-pound Steven Anderson powered his way to 250 yards on 34 carries, two 1-yard touchdowns and another from 42 yards in lifting the Swarmin' Hornets to a 21-6 victory over Montgomery County rival Sherwood last night in the Class 4A football state title game at M&T Bank Stadium.

Nick Sefcik grabbed his seventh, eighth and ninth interceptions of the year, Jimmy Shay had another, and Marc Magas converted all three extra points to secure the second win of the year over the Warriors (12-2) for the Swarmin' Hornets (14-0), who completed their first unbeaten season and captured their sixth state title in their ninth championship game berth.

Anderson, who finished with 22 touchdowns, gave Damascus a 7-0 lead with 5:52 left in the first period after his 1-yard run completed a 13-play, 77-yard drive. Sherwood was within 7-6 at 3:36 of the first quarter after Deontay Twyman found Ben Everett on the end of a 19-yard pass that finished off a six-play, 65-yard march.

Sherwood, an earlier 25-7 loser to Damascus, committed six turnovers, fumbling twice. Swarmin' Hornets coach Dan Makosy, whose team was champion in 2003 and runner-up to Suitland of Prince George's County last year, also scored another win over Sherwood's Al Thomas, to whom Makosy was an assistant when Thomas coached consecutive title-winning teams in 1992 and 1993.

Thomas won five more state titles at Seneca Valley, and his assistant at Sherwood, Terry Changuris, coached seven of Seneca Valley's 12 state title winners. Sherwood was making its sixth title game appearance and was in search of its third title.

Sherwood 6 0 0 0 - 6

Damascus 7 0 7 7 - 21

D-Anderson 1 run (Magas kick) S-Everett 19 pass from Twayman (kick failed) D-Anderson 1 run (Magas kick) D-Anderson 42 run (Magas kick)

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