Patuxent football tops Walkersville, 21-20, for first 2A state title

Associated Press
Patuxent rallied in the second half to win its first 2A state football crown, 21-20 over Walkersville.

Chris Long ran for a 2-yard touchdown with 1:23 left, and Andrew Kalinoski added the extra point that gave Patuxent a 21-20 victory over Walkersville in the Class 2A state football championship game Saturday night at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

It was the first state title for Patuxent (12-2), which lost in the title game twice before.

Chad Gleason helped Walkersville (11-3) control the game throughout the first three quarters. He ran for 223 yards, including touchdowns of 4, 15 and 30 yards. The third touchdown gave the Lions a 20-7 lead late in the third quarter, but Walkersville missed the extra point, which proved crucial later.

Patuxent quarterback Reese Crounse came on in the second half, completing eight of 13 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. The second was a 23-yarder to Juan Watkins early in the fourth quarter that cut the deficit to 20-14 with 10:34 left. Patuxent then marched 79 yards on 14 plays on its next possession, ending with Long's 2-yard scoring run up the middle.

Walkersville rallied once more as Jacob Wetzel returned the ensuing kickoff 59 yards to the Patuxent 35. But Patuxent forced them to turn it over on downs to lock up the win.

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