Tonight's Class 3a State Final

December 06, 2007|By PAT O'MALLEY

Matchup -- No. 5 Hereford (13-0) vs. Damascus (12-1)

Site -- M&T Bank Stadium

Time -- 7:30

How they got here -- Damascus: def. Kennedy, 49-0; def. Seneca Valley, 48-26; def. Wilde Lake, 35-6. Hereford: def. Mervo, 63-0; def. Catonsville, 49-3; def. Lackey, 35-20.

State titles -- Hereford 3 (1997, 2001, 2002), Damascus 6 (1981, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2003, 2005)

Hereford offense vs. Damascus defense -- The Swarmin' Hornets' 3-4 defense has given up 123 points, an average of 9.5 per game. Take away the team's only loss, 35-0 to 4A finalist Quince Orchard early in the season, and Damascus has surrendered 7.3 points a game. Hereford will counter with its wing T that has scored 590 points, an average of 45.4 points per game The Bulls are 12 points short of their state record of 602 in 1997.

Damascus offense vs. Hereford defense -- The Bulls' 5-2 defense goes against the Swarmin' Hornets well-balanced (2,800 rushing yards and more than 1,500 passing yards) I-formation offense that includes various sets. It is run by an outstanding QB in senior Kyle Frazier. The Bulls do not match up well size-wise in the trenches, and Damascus' blend of running and passing could be a big problem. The Hornets have scored 480 points; the Bulls have given up 158.

Special teams -- Hereford has the edge with kicker Adam Yates, who has made six field goals (his longest being 39 yards) and a state record 76 extra-point kicks.

The Sun's pick -- Damascus, 28-7

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