What was he thinking when he saw the gaping hole?

"Happiness man, daylight, daylight," he said.

The play rewarded an outstanding defensive effort by the Vikings, who forced six turnovers and held the Patriots to three first downs and only 18 yards of total offense.

Mullin, Wolford and Darrick Purnell had interceptions, Nick Farmer had two fumble recoveries and Kyle Beard had one.

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Farmer's second fumble recovery came on the Patriot 3-yard line and led to a short touchdown run by Deon Hill.

Mullin's extra-point conversion pass from the 7-yard line to sophomore Edrick Mallard gave the Vikings a 14-6 lead with 7:43 left in the fourth quarter.

Patapsco rallied to tie with a tick under five minutes left in regulation, giving Lansdowne coach Ken Schuckle some nervous moments.

"My heart shouldn't (have been) jumping through my chest so much," Schuckle said.

Eventually, Mullin and his blockers took care of that.

Wolverines reach volleyball state semifinals for first time

Western Tech may have lost to Smithsburg in three games in the Class 1A state semifinals, but they will always be remembered as the first Wolverine team to win a regional volleyball title and earn a trip to College Park for the state tournament.

"I am really proud of the way we played," coach Eric Jett said. "We probably played one of our best games of the year."

The best Western Tech could do against the four-time state champions was to draw even early in the first game, after the Leopards jumped out to 7-2 lead.

Senior outside hitter Bria McCaskill (5 digs) and senior setter Aigner Chavis-Turner (6 assists, 3 digs) paced Western Tech.

Minal Sufian, Kara Broadus, Chikiera Cephas, Laura Tulley, Morgan Rhoe and Cara Boarman also saw action for the Wolverines.

Despite the outcome, the Wolverines (12-5) celebrated their historic season and arrived four hours before the match to take pictures.

"We beat a couple of teams this year that we usually struggle against," said Jett, whose team swept Pikesville in the regional final, 25-15, 25-10, 25-17. "We had a really nice group of girls and they really like being around each other. It's the most wins we ever had. The season was just fantastic."

Tulley said Jett, who has been the team's head coach for a decade, knew in the preseason this year would be like none before it.

"Since the first day of practice, he was like, 'By the end of the year, we are going to be at states,'" she said.

Arbutus Big Red title shot ends in heartbreaker