Public School Football State Finals at M&T Bank Stadium

December 09, 2006|By Lem Satterfield

Class 1A

No. 10 Dunbar (10-3) vs. Fort Hill (12-1)

When -- Today, noon

Outlook -- This is the third state final matchup between the teams, with Dunbar winning in 1994 and Fort Hill winning in 1997. The high-scoring Sentinels of Allegany County use a power-oriented running game behind an offensive line of Josh Absher, Justin Hardinger, Jon Heavner, Anthony Weisenmiller, David White, Jesse Robinson and Zach Stevens. RBs Scott Rice and Drew Yurko have scored 20 and 17 TDs, and Fort Hill rushed for 323 yards in its sixth straight win last week over No. 15 Havre de Grace, 57-14. Dunbar RBs Tavon Austin (29 TDs) and Maurice Portee (14 TDs) often follow the lead of offensive linemen James Coppage (6 feet 3, 307 pounds) and Brandon Brown (6-3, 330). Fort Hill is in its seventh title game overall, having also won a title in 1975. Dunbar is in its fifth title game, having also won it all in 1995 and 2004.

Class 2A

McDonough (12-1) vs. No. 3 Edmondson (12-1)

When -- Today, 3:30 p.m.

Outlook -- The Rams of Waldorf are after their fourth state title in their fifth title game appearance - their first since 1991. McDonough is the most balanced and talented opponent Edmondson has faced. The Rams' Maryland-bound 6-5 WR Derrek Drummond (22 receptions, 368 yards, 11 TDs) and WR Mike Briscoe (18, 324, 5) could present matchup problems for Red Storm DBs Sterling Jones, Jamell Mason (nine interceptions) and Markkeder McCall (six INTs). McDonough QB Christian Ward (1,004 yards, 21 TDs) and RBs Nate Hoyte (1,120 yards rushing, 11 TDs) and Lucky Flammer (973, eight TDs) will test Edmondson LB Kyle Jackson (eight sacks), LB Ben Akalefu (eight sacks) and DE Alge Berry (15 sacks). McDonough's D'Antray Dyson (15 sacks) and Todd Lee (10 sacks) will try to pressure Edmondson QB Carroll Washington (10 rushing TDs, six passing). A winner of 10 straight games, Edmondson appeared in its only other title game in 1999, when it was a 2A runner-up to Urbana.

Class 3A

Friendly (13-0) vs. No. 1 River Hill (13-0)

When -- Tonight, 7

Outlook -- Friendly, from Prince George's County, will be making its seventh championship game appearance and is seeking its fifth title. This is the first title game berth for River Hill, which is having its best season. Friendly is led by Florida-bound QB-DB Joe Haden, who has 2,626 yards passing and 36 TDs, 825 yards rushing with 11 TDs, two kickoff returns for TDs and two interceptions returned for TDs. Haden's favorite target is WR Vincent Hill (64 receptions, 1,337 yards, 21 TDs). River Hill will counter with QB-DB Daniel Hostetler and RB-DBs Zach Martin (25 TDs scored) and Michael Campanaro (18 TDs). Hostetler has 1,102 yards and 16 TDs passing, 359 yards and 10 TDs rushing and nine interceptions as a DB.

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