The ball squirted high in the air and came down in the hands of Wright at the Panther 16-yard line.

"I saw the ball and it came down like something from Jesus," Wright said. "It just went straight up and once I saw it go up, I attacked it."

That led to a 9-play 16-yard drive that culminated with a run from five inches out by Lane, behind fullback Singletary and linemen Reymann and Wright.

Medinger's conversion kick pushed the lead to 17-9 with 2:12 left until intermission.


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Paint Branch's Thomas Handy returned the second half kickoff 51 yards and five plays later Smith found Ortiz Jones in the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown.

Josh Frazier intercepted the two-point conversion attempt and the Comets maintained a 17-15 lead.

But, on Catonsville's next series, Bene't Willis returned an interception 50 yards for a score, and after another failed conversion attempt, the Panthers led 21-17 with 7:59 left in the third quarter.

Catonsville answered with an 8-play 68-yard drive that ended with Lane's short touchdown run.

Singletary (76 rushing yards) had a 29-yard run during the drive.

Catonsville missed the extra point, but led 23-21 with 3:53 left in the third quarter.

Singletary made three tackles on Paint Branch's next series and defensive ends Sean Lipscomb and Jones continued to create trouble for the Panther line and ultimately forced a punt.

Catonsville regained possession with 41 seconds left in the third quarter and chewed up another 3:43 on a 9-play 75-yard touchdown drive that ended with Lane's 17-yard run behind the Davis and Dixon.

Quarterback Aaron Jones made the most critical first down on the drive when he spun loose on a third and four from the Comet 31 for a 7-yard gain.

Singletary added a 28-yard run on a trap play up the gut.

After Medinger kicked the extra point, the Comets led 30-21 with 8:58 remaining, but Paint Branch's no-huddle offense produced a 19-yard scoring strike from Smith to Handy with 7:37 remaining.

The extra point made it 30-28 and the momentum shifted towards the visitors.

But, starting at its own 28, Catonsville ran out the clock on the game-ending drive that produced 70 yards.

"That's the drive of the year so far," Hambor said.

Lane carried 11 times for 54 yards on the march and Singletary had an 18-yard gain, but it was the kneel down from Aaron Jones that brought the loudest cheer.

"I'm really happy for everybody," Hambor said.