Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, Elkton, No. 9 Mervo claim region football titles; South River’s run ends in 4A
Thanksgiving morning often bring families together early for some parade watching on television and preparing Thanksgiving dinner.
For Mervo High and Chesapeake-Anne Arundel football teams this Thursday morning will mean something different: Practice. The Cougars and Mustangs are in the state public football semifinals after winning region championship games over the weekend.
Dunbar and Elkton punched return tickets to the state final four while the road ended for South River and Westminster.
After pulling off the biggest upset of the opening weekend, No. 20 South River ran into defending Class 4A East Region champ North Point, which routed them, 46-7, in the region final in Charles County.
The Seahawks (7-5 overall), who stunned then-No. 2 and undefeated Anne Arundel County league champ Broadneck, looked like their Cinderella run would continue as Joseph Foy ran 46 yards for a touchdown on the game’s opening drive.
The proverbial clock quickly went to midnight as North Point (12-0) scored 17 straight points to close the first half and never looked back. North Point will host Mervo Friday night at 7 in a 4A state semifinal.
South River, which started 1-4, won its final five games to reach its first postseason since 2012.
It was deja vu all over again for No. 15 Westminster. The Owls lost Frederick County’s Linganore, 52-20, in the 3A West final.
Courtesy of four first half turnovers, the Carroll County Athletic League champ Owls (8-4) put themselves in a 31-7 halftime hole against the defending state champs. The Lancers (11-1) opened a 52-13 advantage in the fourth quarter for a running clock.
Last season, Westminster put forth a valiant effort against the perennial Frederick powerhouse, falling 16-14, in the 3A West final after losing 50-28 in the regular season. The Lancers outscored Westminster, 100-27, in two meetings this season.
Senior quarterback Christian Etchison, a Mount St. Mary’s lacrosse commit, threw three touchdowns for the Owls. Linganore, which defeated three Baltimore region teams (Westminster, Edgewood and Archbishop Curley) by a combined 204-52, will host Chesapeake-Anne Arundel in a 3A state semifinal Friday evening.
Two years after reaching the 2A state final, Elkton is a win away from another trip to Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. The Elks ended North Caroline’s perfect season with a 24-13 victory on the Eastern Shore.
Trailing 7-3 after the opening quarter, Elkton (10-2) got a 4-yard touchdown pass from Nolan Null to Dah-Mar Triplett, a 7-yard touchdown run from Tashawn Watters and a 4th-and-goal stop at its 3, to lead 17-7 at halftime. Trevin Ewing added a 42-yard touchdown catch in the second half.
The Elks, who lost to Walkersville in the 2016 2A final, will play at Frederick County’s Oakdale Friday evening. Oakdale ended Montgomery County’s Damascus’ 53-game winning streak with a 24-7 win in the West final Friday.
No. 6 Glenelg is back in the 2A semifinals after a 35-0 whitewashing of Howard County rival River Hill in the South Region final. Yale University commit Wande Owens rushed for 225 yards and scored three touchdown for the Gladiators (12-0).
After posting a second straight shutout decision against River Hill (8-4), Glenelg (12-0) will host North Region champ New Town in a 2A state semifinal Friday. The Howard County champs will attempt to reach its first state final after losses to eventual state champ Damascus in 2017 (2A) and 2016 (3A).
For the 15th time in the last 16 seasons, No. 5 Dunbar is in state semifinals. The Poets routed Reginald Lewis, 41-0, in the 1A North final Friday at Sugar Cain Field in east Baltimore.
The defending state champ Dunbar (11-0), which has allowed just one touchdown in its last five games, will host Prince George’s County’s Douglass in a state semifinal Saturday afternoon at Poly’s Lumsden/Scott Stadium. The Poets lost to Douglass in the 2014 2A state final at M&T Bank Stadium.
After winning at Howard the week before, Mervo traveled to Montgomery County’s Paint Branch. The ninth-ranked Mustangs gained a hard fought 21-20 victory over the region top-seed for their first region title and state final four spot.
The Hillen Road school scored the go-ahead touchdown with 5 minutes, 21 seconds left in regulation, then stopped the Panthers on 4th down with 1:47 left, becoming the first Baltimore City team since 2oo4 to reach the 4A semifinals. Mervo will play at Charles County’s North Point Friday evening.
The Mustangs (10-1) are the fifth Baltimore City team (Dunbar, Edmondson, Patterson and Poly) to advance to the state semifinals.
Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, a program which qualified for the state playoffs for the first time in 2015, is also headed to the state semifinals. The Cougars defeated top-seed James M. Bennett, 36-21, in the 3A East final at Wicomico County Stadium.
Dylan Young threw a pair of touchdown passes, one to Colton Spangler. Spangler added field goals of 33, 36 and 29 yards and three extra-points.
Defensively, Russell Tongue and Andrew Colangelo each recorded interceptions and Julian Sutton recovered a fumble. The Cougars (10-2) next have defending state champ Linganore, ranked 14th in the state media poll, Friday night in Frederick.
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Saturday’s region final results
No. 1 Fort Hill 55, No. 2 Catoctin 6
No. 2 Chesapeake-Anne Arundel 36, No. 1 James M. Bennett 21
Friday’s region final results
No. 1 Havre de Grace 35, No. 3 Perryville 28
No. 1 Dunbar 41, No. 3 Reginald Lewis 0
No. 3 Douglass-Prince George’s 20, No. 1 Fairmont Heights 12
No. 3 Elkton 24, No. 1 North Caroline 13
No. 3 New Town 15, No. 1 Eastern Tech 8
No. 1 Glenelg 35, No. 3 River Hill 0
No. 3 Oakdale 24, No. 1 Damascus 7
No. 3 Franklin 42, No. 1 Dundalk 7
No. 3 Huntingtown 20, No. 4 Northern-Calvert 7
No. 1 Linganore 52, No. 3 Westminster 20
No. 2 North Point 46, No. 4 South River 7
No. 3 Mervo 21, No. 1 Paint Branch 20
No. 1 Henry A. Wise 22, No. 2 Charles H. Flowers 12
No. 1 Quince Orchard 35, No. 3 Northwest 0
State semifinals schedule
Friday Nov. 23
New Town (10-2) at Glenelg (12-0), 7 p.m.
Elkton (10-2) at Oakdale (11-0), 7 p.m.
Chesapeake-Anne Arundel (10-2) at Linganore (11-1), 7 p.m.
Huntingtown (10-2) at Franklin (10-2), 7 p.m.
Mervo (10-1) at North Point (12-0), 7 p.m.
Henry A. Wise (10-1) at Quince Orchard (11-1), 7 p.m.
Saturday Nov. 24
Douglass-Prince George’s (7-4) vs. Dunbar (11-0) at Poly, 1 p.m.
Havre de Grace (10-2) vs. Fort Hill (11-0) at Greenway Avenue Stadium, 1 p.m.
State finals schedule
at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium
Thursday Nov. 30
CLASS 3A final
Chesapeake-Anne Arundel/Linganore winner vs. Huntingtown/Franklin winner, 7 p.m.
Friday Dec. 1
CLASS 4A final
Mervo/North Point winner vs. Wise/Quince Orchard winner, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Dec. 2
CLASS 1A final
Havre de Grace/Fort Hill winner vs. Douglass-Prince George’s/Dunbar winner, 3:30 p.m.
CLASS 2A final
New Town/Glenelg winner vs. Elkton/Oakdale winner, 7:30 p.m.