IMG ACADEMY (FL) 27, NO. 1 ST. FRANCES 16
Top-ranked St. Frances saw its 17-game winning streak snapped at the hands of co-national power IMG Academy (FL), Friday night at the University of Maryland.
St. Frances took an 8-0 lead on a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback John Van Buren to Jae’on Williams, in the opening quarter, but IMG responded with 20 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 20-8 lead at the half.
The Panthers (9-1) got back within four points with a 10-yard touchdown run by Van Buren, early in the fourth quarter, but IMG responded immediately with a touchdown drive to ice the victory, as well as St. Frances’ hopes of winning a national championship.
MIAA A CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
NO. 2 ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 34, NO. 5 CALVERT HALL 10
MIAA B CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
NO. 7 ST. MARY’S 21, NO. 8 CONCORDIA PREP 13
4A STATE QUARTERFINALS
NO. 9 BROADNECK 39, CHURCHILL 7
Ian Mauldin rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns, and Cam Catterton threw for a score as Broadneck (11-1) advanced to the 4A state semifinals for the first time since 2015.
Catterton finished 12 of 22 for 140 yards with a touchdown throw to Eli Harris (five catches, 86 yards). The Bruins have won 11 straight decisions since an opening season loss to MIAA A Conference champion and second-ranked Archbishop Spalding.
The Anne Arundel County co-champ Bruins (with Arundel) will travel to defending state champ and undefeated Quince Orchard Friday for a spot in the state final at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
Quince Orchard, ranked No. 5 in the state media poll, defeated Old Mill, 21-6, Friday evening.
QUINCE ORCHARD 21, OLD MILL 6
For the second straight year, Old Mill’s season concluded in Gaithersburg as the defending Class 4A state champ Quince Orchard extended its winning streak to 26.
Everston Howard and Kendall Johnson each had touchdown runs, and Evan Church connected on field goals of 24 and 31 yards for the Cougars (12-0), who led 14-0 at halftime and 21-0 after three quarters.
Old Mill (8-4) got its only score in the fourth as freshman quarterback Trey Martini threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Simmons. The Patriots lost to Quince Orchard, 41-6, in last year’s state quarterfinal round.
Quince Orchard, ranked No. 5 in the state media poll, will host Broadneck Friday for a spot in the 4A state final at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis.
4A/3A STATE QUARTERFINALS
NO. 13 ARUNDEL 21, SENECA VALLEY 7
TJ Mordecai rushed for two touchdowns and Ahmad Taylor added a 65-yard touchdown as Arundel (9-2) defeated Montgomery County’s Seneca Valley (8-4) in the 4A/3A state quarterfinals for the second straight year.
Mordecai broke a 7-7 tie with a five-yard run with five minutes, 10 seconds left in the third quarter, capping a second half opening nine-play, 55-yard drive.
Mordecai added a 12-yard run for the Wildcats, who didn’t have starting quarterback Gavin Kamachi in the second half. Taylor, whose 65-yard touchdown run opened the scoring, handled the quarterbacking duties.
Arundel will travel to 12th-ranked Dundalk this Friday for a state semifinal matchup. The Owls defeated Montgomery County’s Blake, 37-0, in a quarterfinal contest Friday.
NO. 12 DUNDALK 37, BLAKE 0
Senior running back Jordan Fiorenza rushed for 226 yards and three touchdowns and Desmond Oxendine finished with 101 yards and a score as Dundalk (10-1) advanced to its second straight state semifinal.
Fiorenza had a 18-yard touchdown run to open the scoring, then added a second score in the second quarter along with scoring runs from Ja Bonner and Oxendine, giving the Owls a 28-0 halftime advantage.
Bonner, a junior quarterback, went nine-of-10 for 104 yards. Old Dominion University commit Chidy Onoh had two sacks to help the Owls’ defense record its fourth shutout in its last five decisions.
In a rematch of last year’s state semifinal, Dundalk will host No. 13 Arundel, which defeated Montgomery County’s Seneca Valley, 21-7, in a state quarterfinal Friday evening. The Owls defeated the Wildcats, 40-6, last year.
URBANA 30, PERRY HALL 6
Perry Hall was unable to pull off another upset as Frederick County’s Urbana advanced to the 4A/3A state semifinals.
The Gators (7-4), who knocked off then-defending state champ Mervo in last weekend’s North Region playoffs’ second round, struggled offensively Friday, managing just 115 yards. Jacob Wagner’s one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, set by an interception and return by Daniel Moore to Urbana’s five, was Perry Hall’s lone score early in the third quarter.
Urbana (11-1), ranked 25th in the state media poll, converted two Perry Hall miscues into scores to pull away. The Gators lost the ball on a double reverse run attempt and Jahan Gasemy scooped up the ball at Perry Hall’s 13 and ran it in.
The Gators fumbled in the waning seconds, and Karron Watties returned iit 16 yards for the game’s final score. Urbana, which will play Southern Maryland’s North Point in the semifinals Friday, also recorded seven sacks.
3A STATE QUARTERFINALS
DAMASCUS 47, LONG REACH 12
Long Reach’s hopes of a first state semifinal berth since 2017 came to a crashing halt in Montgomery County as Damascus (10-1) routed the Lightning (9-3).Dillan Dunathan rushed for 273 yards and four touchdowns for the Hornets, who finished with 478 yards on the ground. Mike Panamero added three rushing touchdowns.
Damascus, ranked 14th in the state media poll, jumped out to an early 13-0 advantage before Long Reach got on the scoreboard on Brice Koontz’s 60-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Ribalta. The Hornets scored 34 unanswered points to acquire a 47-6 lead in the fourth quarter.
Koontz connected with Jaylen Etheridge for a 10-yard score for Long Reach. Damascus will play at River Hill in the state semifinals Friday evening.
MIDDLETOWN 21, NO. 14 HEREFORD 0
Hereford’s postseason run ended quietly as Frederick County’s Middletown advanced to the Class 2A state semifinals. Carson Smith scored all three touchdowns for the Knights (9-3).
Smith scored on a 19-yard run in the second quarter, giving the Knights a 7-0 lead. Hereford appeared ready to pull even on Chris Makowy’s 53-yard touchdown run, but a holding penalty wiped out the play.
The Bulls (10-2) reached Middletown’s seven-yard line in the final seconds of the first half, but were stopped on fourth-and-one. The empty drive proved double costly as Hereford lost starting quarterback Grayson Aryes for the rest of the game to an injury which resulted with him being carted off and taken to a local hospital.
Hereford managed just 81 yards rushing against Middletown, which posted a third postseason shutout. The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak for the Bulls, whose prior loss was to undefeated and third-ranked Milford Mill in week 2.
OAKDALE 33, NO. 11 WESTMINSTER 14
The Owls’ hopes of a first state semifinal berth since 2012 came apart in the second half Friday as Frederick County’s Oakdale ended their season in the Class 3A state quarterfinals.
Senior Rory Blanchard rushed for 129 yards and scored two touchdowns for Oakdale (10-2), and quarterback Evan Austin accounted for three scores. Junior quarterback Kyrece Walker scored twice for Westminster, which trailed 12-7 at halftime.
The Owls (10-2) weren’t able to stop Oakdale, which scored on three straight second half possessions. Austin tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Dominic Nichols and scored on a four-yard run, advancing the Bears’ advantage to 26-7 entering the fourth.
Walker’s second touchdown, a 24-yard scamper, brought Westminster, the Carroll County Athletic League tri-champs, to 26-14 early in the fourth. Austin went untouched down the middle for a 44-yard touchdown.
Oakdale, ranked 20th in the state media poll, will host Southern Maryland’s St. Charles Friday for a trip to the 3A state final at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
RIVER HILL 7, NO. 15 FRANKLIN 0
ST. CHARLES 22, NO. 10 ATHOLTON 6
2A STATE QUARTERFINALS
NO. 3 MILFORD MILL 20, WALKERSVILLE 7
Trailing at halftime for the first time this season, Milford Mill responded as it grinded past Frederick County’s Walkersville for a return trip to the Class 2A state semifinals.
Sean Williams rushed for 218 yards and scored a pair of second half touchdowns for the undefeated Millers (12-0). Junior quarterback Deshawn Purdie threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to senior Colby Jones.
With Milford down 7-6, Williams broke free for a 30-yard touchdown run, giving the Baltimore County school the lead with 8:15 left in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Millers defense, led by senior Emmanuel Gee, denied Walkersville on fourth-and-goal at the one-yard line. Milford Mill went 99 yards as Williams scored his second touchdown from two yards with 1:28 left in regulation.
Milford Mill hosts Worcheter County’s Stephen Decatur, Friday evening at 7 for a spot in the state final at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
2A/1A STATE QUARTERFINALS
NO. 4 DUNBAR 64, ELKTON 0
Devin Roche accounted for three touchdowns and Tristan Kenan contributed two rushing scores as Dunbar (11-0) continued its march towards a second straight Class 2A/1A state title with a rout of Elkton (6-6).
Roche, who’s committed to Old Dominion University, had two rushing touchdowns and threw a scoring pass to Antonio Lyde. Dashawn Parks added a rushing touchdown.
Kaden Owens had a blocked punt and recovery for a score and Elon commit Tony Hart added an interception return touchdown for the Poets’ defense which hasn’t allowed a point in two postseason games.
Dunbar hosts Calvert County’s Calvert Saturday at Sugar Cain Field in a state semifinal.
HARFORD TECH 14, SOUTH CARROLL 7
Using a couple of big offensive plays and a dogged defensive effort, Harford Tech (8-4) avenged last year’s playoff exit in Carroll County. Karon Evans caught a touchdown pass for the Cobras, and Troy Wallace added a 13-yard touchdown late in regulation.
Evans, a sophomore, came free out of the backfield to catch quarterback Thomas Smith’s pass. Evans streaked down the sidelines for a 43-yard touchdown, giving the Harford County squad a 7-0 advantage with one minute, 35 seconds left in the first quarter.
The score remained 7-0 until late in the fourth when Wallace went 49 yards on third down to South Carroll’s 13. He covered the remaining distance on the next play, giving Harford Tech a 14-0 lead with 1:54 left in regulation.
The Cavaliers (9-2), who were last shutout in week seven of the 2019 campaign (41-0 loss to Liberty), got a 25-yard touchdown pass from Carter Mazalewski to Drake Hebron with 31 seconds remaining to make it a one-score game.
After falling on South Carroll’s onsides kick, Harford Tech ran out the remaining time, atoning for last year’s 14-13 loss to the Cavaliers, and advance to its third time state semifinals since 2017.
The Cobras will play at Calvert County’s Patuxent Friday evening for a spot in the 2A/1A state final at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
1A STATE QUARTERFINALS
BRUNSWICK 17, FOREST PARK 8
Ethan Houck ran for a touchdown and passed for another, and Sam Verosto converted a late field goal as Brunswick (9-3) ended Forest Park’s season in the Class 1A state quarterfinals.
Houck threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Issac Herbert, giving the Railroaders a 7-0 lead in the opening quarter. The Washington County school blocked a Forester punt, and Houck got into the end zone from a yard, extending the lead to 14-0 at halftime.
Forest Park (7-4), which won the Baltimore City Division II title, got a touchdown from Nikolas Reid and two-point conversion run from Tyjuan Reed to close within 14-8 with 7:28 left in regulation. The Railroaders took the ensuing possession to Forest Park’s five-yard line, and Verosto hit a 23-yard field goal with 2:18 left for the final margin.
Brunswick will play at undefeated Mountain Ridge in a state semifinal Friday evening.
FORT HILL 49, PERRYVILLE 7
Perryville’s first visit to Cumberland in a decade was short lived as defending state champ Fort Hill posted a running clock decision for a return trip to the Class 1A state semifinals.
Sophomore running back Jabril Daniels rushed 165 yards and four touchdowns, and Mikey Allen added a rushing touchdown and interception return for another score for Fort Hill (11-1). Zack Ayers’ 95-yard kickoff return in the first half accounted for Perryville’s lone score.
The Panthers (7-5) managed just 63 yards and five first downs. In 2011, the Cecil County school surprised Fort Hill with a 20-14 victory in the 1A state semifinals.
Fort Hill, ranked No. 19 in the state media poll, hosts Joppatowne in a state semifinal next weekend.
JOPPATOWNE 38, LAKE CLIFTON 30
Senior quarterback AJ Wilson accounted for four touchdowns, including a 23-yard scoring pass to Zachariah Horton with three minutes, 48 seconds left in regulation as Joppatowne (11-1) held off the Lakers for its first state semifinal berth since 2009.
Wilson rushed for two scores, including a 23-yarder left in the first half, giving the Mariners a 30-12 lead. Lake Clifton (7-4) rallied in the second half, tying the game at 30 in the fourth quarter on Joshua Ross’ 70-yard touchdown run.
Wilson, who helped pick up the offensive slack after leading rusher Alan Robinson was ejected in the first half, directed Joppatowne down the field as he connected with Horton for the second time in the game.
The Mariners will travel to Cumberland next weekend for a state semifinal matchup with defending state champ Fort Hill. The Sentinels eliminated Perryville, 49-7, in another 1A quarterfinal Friday evening.
MOUNTAIN RIDGE 57, BOHEMIA MANOR 0
Bohemia Manor’s first trip to the state round of eight since 2017 was forgettable as Mountain Ridge put up 36 points in the first quarter in snowy Cumberland. Jaden Lee scored four first half touchdowns for the Miners, including reception scores of 77, 70 and 23 yards.
The undefeated Miners (12-0), ranked 18th in the state media poll, scored all their points in the first half. Quarterback Uma Pua’auli accounted for eight touchdowns - six passing and two rushing.
Bohemia Manor finished the season 7-5. The Cecil County school lost its final three regular season games before defeating Prince George’s County’s Surrattsville and Caroline County’s Colonel Richardson in the East Region playoffs.
1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
BRUNSWICK 3, FALLSTON 2
2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
GLENELG 2, NORTH HARFORD 0
3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
TUSCARORA 3, NO. 10 CENTENNIAL 0
1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
FALLSTON 3, SOUTH CARROLL 2
2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
CENTURY 1, GLENELG 0
3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
CROFTON 1, MOUNT HEBRON 0
4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
URBANA 3, NO. 1 ARUNDEL 2
2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
LIBERTY 3, MIDDLETOWN 1
1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
CLEAR SPRING 3, SOUTH CARROLL 0
INDIAN CREEK 65, CARROLL CHRISTIAN 33
PARK 64, ANNAPOLIS AREA CHRISTIAN 54
INDIAN CREEK 67, ROCKBRIDGE ACADEMY 17
LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD 73, CRISTO REY 28
INDIAN CREEK 44, SAINTS PETER & PAUL 39
CONCORDIA PREP 51, SAINTS PETER & PAUL 45
This article will be updated throughout the weekend.