Varsity Football

State Finals

December 04, 2009|By Katherine Dunn

(All games at M&T Bank Stadium)

Class 4A:

No. 1 Old Mill (11-2) vs. Wise (12-1)

When: Tonight, 7:30

Outlook: The Patriots have pulled out a couple of last-minute wins in their past two playoff games. They edged defending champion Sherwood, 20-13, by driving 82 yards in 94 seconds and scoring on RB Josh Furman's 6-yard run. In the regional final, the Patriots nipped then-No. 1 Arundel, 58-55, in double overtime. Furman (2,272 yards, 31 touchdowns) scored eight touchdowns and ran for more than 600 yards in those two games. Each team is looking for its first state title, with Wise of Prince George's County in the state tournament for the second time in its four-year history. The Pumas, who beat Thomas Johnson, 24-8, in their semifinal, are best known for a defense that has shut out 10 opponents.

Class 1A:

No. 5 Joppatowne (13-0) vs. Catoctin (13-0)

When: Saturday, noon

Outlook: The Mariners are looking for their third state title and their first since 2003, while Catoctin of Frederick County has never won a state championship. In the semifinals, TB Epe Henriques' 15-yard touchdown run made the difference in Joppatowne's 20-13 win over Allegany. The Mariners boast a stellar defense, led by LB Jake McGinnis and S Dominic Harper, which holds opponents to 8.4 points per game. The Cougars, who edged three-time defending champion Dunbar, 13-12, in the semifinals, are led by QB Dylan May, who threw for a touchdown and ran for another against the No. 8 Poets.

Class 2A:

No. 11 Eastern Tech (12-1) vs. Queen Anne's (13-0)

When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: After losing in the state title game the past two years, the Mavericks are eager to take the crown. They have never won a state championship, but neither had any of the teams that made the 2A state semifinals. Queen Anne's is making its first appearance in the title game. Both teams have balanced offenses and strong contributors on defense. The Mavericks are led by Emmanuel Gbor and the Lions by Jake Haley - both of whom do a little bit of everything for their teams.

Class 3A:

Linganore (13-0) vs. Huntingtown (13-0)

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Linganore, the runner-up last season in Class 4A, pounded No. 7 Hereford, 41-9, in its state semifinal, while Huntingtown slipped by No. 1 River Hill, 10-7. Calvert County's Huntingtown, led by RB Greg Goodwin, the state's leading rusher with more than 2,500 yards this season, is aiming for its first state title. The Lancers of Frederick County have won four state crowns. They have a running game to match the Hurricanes' with a couple of 1,200-yard-plus rushers in RBs Zach Zwinak and Kevin Myers.

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