With Manchester Valley slowing their running game, Reginald Lewis took to the air. On its third drive of the second half, quarterback Tayvon Queen found wideout DeQuan Thomas open deep and hit him in stride for a 58-yard touchdown to give the Falcons a 14-13 lead that lasted well into the fourth quarter.
Manchester Valley started its fateful drive at its own 46-yard line. Frank gained 14 yards on two carries, but then the Mavericks started going backward. Fullback Aaron Roy, who finished with 35 yards on seven carries, was tackled for a four-yard loss.
After a Maverick holding penalty, a sack of Frank by Lewis' Nay Sutton, and a false start infraction, Manchester Valley was stuck at third down and 41 yards to go. Frank scrambled for a 17-yard gain, but the Mavericks still looked to be in a desperate situation at fourth-and-24 before Heron's wheel route and Frank's pinpoint pass changed everything.
The long completion seemed to deflate the Reginald Lewis defense. The Falcons jumped offsides, and Frank followed with a 4-yard run that put the Mavericks inside the 20. A pass interference penalty on third down gave Manchester Valley a first down at the 6-yard line, and Frank completed the 54-yard drive on the next play when he powered in for the winning touchdown.
"We just wanted to get a couple of chunks of yardage and then get the first down," said Frank of the game-winning drive. "We converted, which was the best part about it."
Westminster dominates; South Carroll falls
Elsewhere, the results were mixed for Carroll teams on Friday night.
Westminster, the top seed in Class 4A North, overwhelmed Blake of Montgomery County 51-7. South Carroll, in the playoffs for a county-record fourth straight year, was blanked 38-0 by top-seeded and defending state champion Middletown in the Class 2A West semifinals.
Westminster's lopsided win improved the Owls' record to 11-0, and set up a regional final showdown with Sherwood this Friday night at Ruby Field.
The Warriors (9-2), who hail from Olney in Montgomery County, defeated Catonsville 26-7 in the other semifinal.
Manchester Valley 20, Reginald Lewis 14
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Reginald Lewis0860 14
Manchester Valley - Dom Frank 2 run (Kyle Armstrong kick)
Reginald Lewis - Donnie Neal 2 run (Donnie Neal run)
Manchester Valley - Tyler Cherigo 14 pass from Dom Frank (run failed)
Reginald Lewis - DeQuan Thomas 58 pass from Tayvon Queen (run failed)
Manchester Valley - Dom Frank 6 run (Kyle Armstrong kick)