Junior Jason Utz, who had two of those sacks, hauled in a 9-yard touchdown pass that gave Winters Mill a 14-9 lead midway through the fourth quarter. The defense made it stand, making it almost impossible for Patterson Mill quarterback Qadir Ismail to get off a pass.
Utz sealed the game with a 3-yard touchdown.
A Patterson Mill comeback attempt was foiled by a Winters Mill sack and fumble recovery by Kyle Krolicki.
Winters Mill quarterback Patrick Brown had 61 yards rushing and 145 yards passing.
It wasn't a perfect Winters Mill performance. An intentional grounding penalty in the end zone set up a Patterson Mill safety and a 9-7 lead. A holding penalty negated a Winters Mill first half touchdown.
But unlike past years, when missteps tended to snowball, the Falcons kept their composure. Sophomore running back Glen Acha had 51 yards rushing, featuring a nifty spin move on some of his runs. Kyle Fisher hauled in an 11-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.
When the game ended, the white-clad Winters Mill student section lined the home gate, cheering on the celebrating football players.
"I'm so happy for you guys," upbeat coach Matt Miller said to his players after the game. "You guys earned it."