Poly falls short in title bid

COLLEGE PARK — COLLEGE PARK -- Two teams aimed to make history in last night's 3A state title game -- Seneca Valley as the first seven-time champ, and Poly with a title in the first year of eligibility for Baltimore City schools.

The second-seeded Screaming Eagles of Montgomery County XTC came away the winner, taking a 15-12 victory over the Engineers (11-1) in the swamp-like conditions of Byrd Stadium at the University of Maryland.


Chucky Carter's 40-yard reception of a pass from Ryan Miyamoto with 3:35 left in the game stood and raised the Eagles' playoff record to 19-4 in 11 appearances -- including 7-0 in state title games.

The loss for the Engineers overshadowed an excellent performance by Greg Kyler, who rushed 21 times for 159 yards and touchdowns of 33 and 50 yards. Poly had just 194 yards of total offense.


The Engineers trailed 9-0 when Kyler struck.

With just over three minutes left in the third period, Joe Brown recovered a fumble at Seneca's 33. On the next play, Kyler scored his 28th touchdown of the season, up the middle -- breaking two tackles along the way -- to get the Engineers back in the game, 9-6.

Kyler capitalized on another defensive effort to give his team a 12-9 lead with 7:35 left in the game. The touchdown was set up by Brian Scott's block of a Moises Cruz punt, which gave the Engineers the ball at their own 43.

From midfield four plays later with four yards to go, Kyler squirted up the middle and outraced a sprawling defender at the 20.

Seneca Valley took a 6-0 lead after Kinte Sipes' 4-yard run capped a nine-play, 29-yard drive with 5:39 left in the period.

The drive was set up after Poly's Brian Scott -- punting from his own 30 -- had to chase down a high snap that went over his head about 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage. The punt ended up going for minus-1 yard.