Dontra Peters ran for three touchdowns in the first three quarters, and St. Mary's routed Severn, 48-0, last night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
The victory clinched the first berth in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship game for the Saints (7-3).
St. Mary's will play two-time defending champion Archbishop Spalding (7-3), a 48-3 winner over St. Vincent Pallotti last night, in Friday's 7 p.m. final at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.
St. Mary's and Spalding tied for first place in the conference at 7-1 to advance as the top two teams.
"This is what we were shooting for coming into the season," said Mike Clay, the Saints' third-year coach. "This is a testament to how the program has developed from the team to our new turf field to our entire school."
Peters ran for 127 of his game-high 135 yards in the first three quarters and scored on runs of 6, 4 and 19 yards to give the Saints a 28-0 lead after they led 14-0 at intermission. The three touchdowns gave Peters 17 for the season.
St. Mary's junior quarterback Peter Athens, who was 14-for-21 for 148 yards, guided an 11-play, 70-yard drive at the end of the first half that enabled the Saints to take control of the game.
Athens went 3-for-6 for 59 yards on the drive, the big play a 30-yard pass to Mark McNeill to the Admirals' 30 on second-and-15.
No. 2 Dunbar 52, Patterson 6 -- It was Senior Day at Dunbar, and the No. 2 Poets celebrated by defeating visiting Patterson in their final regular-season tune-up before they head to the playoffs. The victory capped an undefeated regular season for the defending state champions, who received another all-star performance from running back Tavon Austin. The senior, who finished with 207 yards on 13 carries, opened the scoring with an 85-yard punt return and tacked on three more touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving. That gave him 82 TDs for his career. "We wanted to go into the playoffs strong," Dunbar assistant coach Travis Blackston said. "The players were really focused this week." Junior linebacker Tevin Brown led the defense with 10 tackles and an interception.
No. 4 Arundel 26, South River 7 -- Quarterback Nick Elko completed 19 of 36 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a touchdown as the Wildcats completed a 10-0 regular season. Arundel became Anne Arundel County's 14th team to go undefeated in the regular season with at least a nine-game schedule. The Wildcats, who are the top seed in the coming Class 4A East regional and will host a game Friday night at 6:30, last went unbeaten in 1995 under Bill Zucco. They did it two additional times, in 1978 and 1979 under Buddy Hepfer. Elko, who has 30 touchdown passes on the season, tossed scoring passes of 35 yards to Alec Lemon and 11 to Brandon Johnson-Farrell, who also returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown.
No. 7 Hereford 49, Kenwood 6 -- Hereford finished off their perfect regular season with a convincing victory, as they ran up and over visiting Kenwood. The Bulls were again led by senior running back Lonnie Liggins, who had 13 rushes for 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns. "He's really blossomed into the running back we knew he could be," Bulls coach Steve Turnbaugh said about the four-year starter. "He's worked really hard this year." The coach seemed just as ecstatic to end the regular season healthy as he did to finish it without a loss. "I'm just glad to get out of the game without an injury," Turnbaugh said. "We've been beat up most of the year."
No. 1 River Hill 49, Howard 0 -- Michael Campanaro had 141 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries as the visiting Hawks (10-0) shut out the Lions (7-3). The win marks the Hawks' fifth consecutive Howard County championship and the eighth shutout of the season. Malek Redd had 164 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries for River Hill. Carlos Griffin-Benitez went seven-for-seven on extra-point firstname.lastname@example.org
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