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state title games

December 06, 2008|By Sandra McKee

today's football state title games

MATCHUP: Fort Hill vs. No. 3 Dunbar

WHAT: Class 1A state championship

WHEN: Noon

WHERE: M&T Bank Stadium

OUTLOOK: Fort Hill's playoff history is longer, but Dunbar is the team looking to make history by adding a third consecutive championship to the record books. The Poets (12-1) would be only the second metro-area team to do it, joining Wilde Lake (1990-1992), and only the seventh in the state. The Sentinels (11-1) are led on offense by RB Marcus Lashley's 1,130 yards and 14 touchdowns, and by QB Eric Howser, who has passed for 802 yards and eight TDs. Defensively, LB Garrett Dolly, a sophomore, leads the effort with 95 tackles. Dunbar's Tavon Austin (2,276 yards, 28 TDs) has been unstoppable running the ball, and the Poets' defense has continued to get stronger thanks to Horace Miller (28 sacks). Gary Onuekwusi (130 tackles) and Courtney Bridget (10 interceptions) lead the way. Going for the threepeat, the Poets will be highly charged.

THE BALTIMORE SUN'S PICK: Dunbar

MATCHUP: No.4 Eastern Tech

vs. No.1 River Hill

WHAT: Class 2A state championship

WHEN: 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: M&T Bank Stadium

OUTLOOK: River Hill star RB Michael Campanaro tested his strained hamstring, and his status is unsettled. His father, assistant coach Attilio Campanaro, said Campanaro would play but "we're just not sure how well or how much." With or without the senior, count on River Hill to attempt to run its outside sweeps for big gains, and count on Eastern Tech to use its improved outside defensive speed to try to stop it. The Mavericks also offer a defensive challenge for the Hawks, because they feature six backs who each have more than 260 rushing yards and QB Joe Jones, who has thrown for 1,030 yards and 11 touchdowns, while hitting on 67 percent of his passes. Both teams are 13-0. Eastern is better than last season, and River Hill is more battle-tested.

THE BALTIMORE SUN'S PICK: River Hill, the champ until someone else proves otherwise.

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