Cosh's huge game not enough

class 4a

November 29, 2008|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to the Baltimore Sun

FREDERICK - Arundel quarterback threw Billy Cosh threw for 475 yards and five touchdowns last night. Wide receiver Alec Lemon caught 16 passes for 277 yards. Those two performances would normally help a team to victory.

But this was not a normal night.

No. 5 Arundel couldn't stop host Linganore, which stayed hot on a cold night. The Lancers gained 639 yards of offense to end the Wildcats' season with a 59-34 victory in the Class 4A state semifinals.

Cosh made spectacular throws, completing 39 of 64. Lemon (two touchdowns) and teammate Ronnie Harris (nine catches, 85 yards, three touchdowns) made big plays. But mistakes cost Arundel (11-2), the 4A runner-up last season, a return to the state title game.

Linganore didn't have any turnovers while the Wildcats had four - three interceptions and a fumble.

"That's the key to the game, turnovers," Cosh said. "We were moving the ball up and down the field, and they did a great job defensively. I take the blame for it."

One interception came at the Linganore 1-yard line, the other two turned into Lancers touchdowns. Arundel's defense stopped the Lancers a few times, usually when it was pinned deep in its own territory.

But Linganore kept finding a way to bust loose with big plays - usually thanks to running backs Pat Balderson and Zach Zwinak.

Balderson had 25 carries for 244 yards and five touchdowns, often ripping off long runs. Zwinak added 12 carries for 159 yards and two scores. He also had a long touchdown run called back in the fourth quarter.

Linganore finished with 454 rushing yards and 185 passing yards, scoring on nine drives as the two teams set a record for most points scored in a Class 4A state playoff game.

"Our kids were just amazing," Linganore coach Rick Conner said.

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