The third time really did turn out to be a charm for Sherwood of Montgomery County.
The Warriors (14-0) used a stingy defense and excellent play selection on offense to defeat Linganore and win the Class 4A state football title, 21-3, last night at M&T; Bank Stadium. The victory was the third title for the school and first since 1996.
Sherwood broke through after reaching the state final for the third time in four years. The victory also completed a special threesome for Warriors coach Al Thomas. Thomas became the only coach in Maryland history to win state titles for three schools. Thomas earned his first with Sherwood last night; he has also captured championships at Seneca Valley and Damascus.
Dominique Davis rushed for 72 yards on 20 carries to lead Sherwood.
Sherwood took the lead with 7:59 left in the first quarter on a four-play, 35-yard drive. On the fourth play from the Linganore 24, Warriors quarterback Zachary Splain scrambled to his right and found receiver James Oboh wide open at the 6. Oboh walked in untouched to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead.
Linganore (13-1) scored its only points on its first possession of the second quarter, when the Lancers put together a 32-yard drive and settled for a 31-yard field goal by Alex Eckard to cut the margin to 7-3 with 9:53 left.
After the kickoff, the Warriors extended their lead with a 14-play, 71-yard drive that ended when Davis ran in from 1 yard out to increase the lead to 14-3 with 4:36 left in the half.
Hasani Sams scored the final touchdown on a 23-yard run with 4:01 left in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.