River Hill gets lift in run to 3A East championship

Blocking sets pace for Martin, Campanaro

River Hill 48 Severna Park 10

November 25, 2006|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Special to The Sun

River Hill fans call the backfield duo of Zach Martin and Michael Campanaro "thunder and lightning." Last night, it was the storm clouds that carried the day.

The Hawks used the blocking of offensive linemen Zach Robinson, Ryan Bounds, Matt Jaso, Jeff Wallin and Chris Rhodes to open holes and lead No. 1 River Hill (11-0) to a 48-10 victory over visiting and No. 15 Severna Park (9-3) in the Class 3A East championship.

Martin rushed for 113 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns, while Campanaro rushed for 98 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown. He also scored on a second-half interception return.

The Hawks advanced to next weekend's state semifinals against an opponent to be determined.

"The press likes to write about the running backs - and they do a great job for us - but it's the guys in the trenches that got it done for us tonight," Hawks coach Brian Van Deusen said. "They deserve the credit."

After River Hill rushed for 262 yards, it was difficult to disagree.

"Our goal tonight was to play mistake-free football, and we tried to pound it," Martin said. "Severna Park looks a lot like us in the way they play, and getting the early lead really helped us."

After Severna Park capped its first drive with a 28-yard field goal by Pat Bateman, the Hawks used touchdown runs by Martin of 9 yards, 19 yards and 2 yards to take a 21-3 lead after the first half.

River Hill extended the lead on its first drive of the second half, when quarterback Daniel Hostetler found receiver Mike Carnock from 6 yards to make it 28-3 with 9:30 left in the third quarter.

The Falcons got their only touchdown later in the quarter, when quarterback Pat Morrison found Pat Mercer alone in the back of the end zone from 6 yards to make the score 28-10.

Campanaro says that rather than have a rivalry with Martin, the two work together well.

"My style of rushing is a complement to his," Campanaro said. "He pounded them in the middle, and that opened things up for me on the outside."

Last year, the Hawks advanced to the state semifinals before losing to Gwynn Park. Martin says that loss drives River Hill this year.

"That motivates us big-time," Martin said. "We know how it felt [to lose] last year, and we don't want to feel that again. We'll just work hard this week, and take it one game at a time."

Severna Park 3 0 7 0 - 10

River Hill 7 14 7 20 - 48

SP-FG 28 Bateman RH-Martin 9 run (Trench kick) RH-Martin 19 run (Trench kick) RH-Martin 2 run (Trench kick) RH-Carnock 21 pass from Hostetler (Trench kick) SP-Mercer 6 pass from Morrison (Bateman kick) RH-Hostetler 1 run (Trench kick) RH-Campanaro 41 interception return (kick failed) RH-Campanaro 10 run (Trench kick)

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