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County looks for a third state championship

The Baltimore Sun

Two teams have won state titles in Anne Arundel County this fall, and they're both in the same neighborhood.

Severna Park was a surprise winner in Class 4A state field hockey, and Broadneck won the 4A state volleyball crown.

Only one county football team has a shot at a state championship, and that would be the winner of Friday's Class 4A East regional final pitting No. 6 Broadneck (9-2) at No. 4 Arundel (11-0).

After Friday, two wins would be needed to win a state crown. Broadneck has never won a state football title, while Arundel won one in 1975. Annapolis (1978) and North County (1994) are the only other county schools to win a football state title.

There were no individual state champions in cross country or golf this season. The county had three individual champions and two team state champions combined in the two sports last year.

In 2006, Severna Park won state championships in 3A field hockey and 3A cross country.

Looking ahead

In its first appearance in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference final, No. 15 St. Mary's (8-3) defeated two-time champion Archbishop Spalding (7-4), 26-20, at Towson University on Friday. Mike Clay, the Saints' third-year head coach already is looking to next season already.

"Neil [Lewnes] gets to be the star next year [with graduation of leading rusher Dontra Peters], and now this becomes his team," said Clay, who also mentioned quarterback Peter Athens and wide receiver Mark McNeill as leaders next season.

"On the other side, Spalding coach Mike Whittles also was looking to next year.

"I'm really proud of the way our kids played," said Whittles, whose team defeated St. Mary's during the regular season, 21-19. "The kids played hard. They gave it everything they had in a very exciting football game. If we played them 10 times, we would probably end up 5-5."

Quick hits

Arundel's football team tied its 1979 team (11-1) of coach Buddy Hepfer for most single-season wins and can break it with a win over Broadneck on Friday. The Wildcats would then be one win from tying the county record of 13 by the 2003 Broadneck team that lost in the state final. The Wildcats' receiving duo of Brandon Johnson-Farrell and Alec Lemon has combined for 122 receptions, 1,734 yards and 27 touchdowns. ... Bridgette Jordan closed out her volleyball career at Broadneck with 18 digs to help the Bruins to their fourth state title, 3-2, over Thomas Wootton.

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