Hawks sprint back into final

class 2a

November 29, 2008|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

Malek Redd ran for 278 yards and two touchdowns and running mate Michael Campanaro rolled up 144 yards and three touchdowns to lead host River Hill back to the Class 2A state final with a 48-14 victory over previously undefeated Century last night.

The No. 1 Hawks are the defending 2A champs, with a 27-0 record over the past two seasons, and in the second half of this game they looked every bit a champion.

"They had too much speed for us," said Century coach Tony Shermeyer, who led the Knights to their first winning season in the program's seven-season history. "But I'm really proud of our kids. They never gave up tonight, and we've had a great season. To finish the way we did, 12-1, I would never have thought we would have done that when the season started."

River Hill, on the other hand, has expected everything it has achieved. Last night, after the impressive win, the Hawks (13-0) gathered in a huddle in the middle of the field and listened intensely to their coach, Brian Van Deusen.

"One more game. One more win," Van Deusen said. "That's what we've been waiting for all year."

River Hill will play for the championship at 3:30 p.m. next Saturday against Eastern Tech in a rematch of last year's title game. The Hawks one that one, 14-7.

Last night, No. 10 Century appeared to have River Hill scrambling in the first half.

Though the Hawks got on the scoreboard first, on a 10-yard run by Campanaro three plays into the game, the Knights forced River Hill into a rare punt (the 11th of the season) and picked off a pass to keep the Hawks from padding the lead. Then Century made a series of big third-down plays of its own 65-yard drive for a tying score at 9:13 of the second quarter on a 2-yard run by Cory Anderlik.

A touchdown run by quarterback Josh Bordner with about five minutes left in the half appeared to give Century the lead, but the play was called back for holding.

River Hill's Eric Kohr sacked Bordner for a 17-yard loss on the next play and forced a punt that set up Redd's 71-yard touchdown run with 3:07 left in the first half. That put River Hill up 14-7, and the Hawks never looked back.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.