Class 1A football state semifinals

Fort Hill (11-1) at Catoctin (11-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Fort Hill coach: Todd Appel, 12th season

How they got here: Defeated Randallstown 53-14 in Class 1A state quarterfinals

Fort Hill statistical leaders: Rushing—Carson Snyder, 169 attempts, 1,327 yards, 7.9 average, 25 touchdowns; Breven Stubbs, 77 attempt, 1,001 yards, 13.0 average, 16 touchdowns; Colby Santmyrie, 64 attempts, 625 yards, 9.8 average, seven touchdowns. Passing—Danny King, 18 completions, 28 attempts, .643 percentage, 454 yards, seven touchdowns. Receiving—Breven Stubbs, 7 receptions, 245 yards, 5 touchdowns; Colby Santmyrie, 4 receptions, 54 yards; Andrew Smith, 3 receptions, 45 yards, 1 touchdown. Defense: Tackles—Carson Snyder, 104; Alijah Metz, 101; Paxton Wertz, 96. Sacks—Santan Plummer, 7; Alijah Metz 3.

Catoctin coach: Doug Williams, 29th season

How they got here: Defeated Fairmont Heights 41-21 in Class 1A state quarterfinals.

Catoctin statistical seaders: Rushing—Carson Sickeri, 204 attempt, 1,910 yards, 9.4 average, 32 touchdowns; Jake Baker, 52 attempts, 442 yards, 8.5 average, six touchdowns. Passing—Ryan Orr, 91 completions, 154 attempts, .590 percentage, 1,722 yards, 16 touchdowns. Receiving—Travis Fields, 37 receptions, 817 yards, nine touchdowns; Eli Frei, 28 receptions, 448 yards, two touchdowns. Defense: Tackles—Anthony Treganowan, 68; Jake Baker, 59; Cole Bowen, 53.

Outlook: This is a rematch of the Class 1A West regional championship game last season, which Fort Hill dominated for a 55-6 home win. The Sentinels have been the preeminent 1A school in the state for the better part of a decade, having won the state title in 2013, ’14, ’15, ’16 and ’18, in addition to finishing as the state runner up in ’17. They have a run-heavy offense, as sophomore Brevan Stubbs and senior Carson Snyder have both surpassed the 1,000-yard mark this season. Snyder has scored 25 touchdowns, while Stubbs has added 16. Catoctin, meanwhile, is trying to reach the state final for the first time since 2009 when it won the only championship in football in school history. Junior running back Carson Sickeri has been sensational for the Cougars for a second consecutive season, generating 1,910 yards and 32 touchdowns on 204 attempts. Catoctin can also do it through the air as well, as junior quarterback Ryan Orr has passed for more than 1,700 yards and 16 touchdowns. Senior receiver Travis Fields has more than 800 yards and nine touchdowns. No team has held Catoctin under 31 points all season. Only one team has held the Cougars under 40. The winner of this game will take on the winner of the other 1A semifinal between Dunbar (11-1) and Cambridge-South Dorchester (10-2).


Class 2A football state semifinals

Middletown (10-2) at Elkton (12-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Middletown coach: Collin Delauter, third season

How they got here: Defeated North Caroline 28-14 in Class 2A state quarterfinals.

Middletown statistical leaders: Rushing—Kadin Fisher, 114 attempts, 606 yards, 5.8 average., 9 touchdowns; Reese Poffenbarger, 130, 395 yards, 3.0 average, 12 touchdowns; Clarke Cheairs, 51 attempts, 230 yards, 4.5 average, 4 touchdowns. Passing—Reese Poffenbarger, 175 completions, 276 attempts, .634 pct., 2,408 yards, 26 touchdowns. Receiving—Brain Walker, 42 receptions, 821 yards, 16 touchdowns; Matthew Mancini, 42 receptions, 491 yards, three touchdowns; Cole Porter, 36 receptions, 479 yards, one touchdown. Defense: Tackles—Conner Meyer, 66; JD Nelson, 61; Gage Queen, 55.5. Sacks—Mason Doody 3, Zach Brady 3.

Elkton coach: Matt Feeney, sixth season

How they got here: Defeated Liberty 47-14 in Class 2A state quarterfinals.

Elkton statistical leaders: Rushing—Tashawn Watters, 131 attempts, 1,143 yards, 8.7 average, 16 touchdowns; Trevin Ewing, 29 attempts, 456 yards, 15.7 average, six touchdowns; Gregg Triplett, 21 attempts, 199 yards, 9.4 average, six touchdowns. Passing—Nolan Null, 106 completions, 161 attempts, .658 percentage, 2,162 yards, 28 touchdowns. Receiving—Trevin Ewing, 31 receptions, 718 yards, 10 touchdowns; Michael Vass, 31 receptions, 698 yards, 12 touchdowns; Tashawn Watters, 17 receptions, 5 touchdowns. Defense: Tackles—Frank Turner, 122; Elijah Perry, 87; Kharee Stephens, 62. Sacks—Ronan DePaul, 13; Kharee Stephens 7.

Outlook: This is the first meeting between these teams since Middletown’s 45-0 victory over the Golden Elks in the 2012 state semifinals. The Knights went on to win their second of three consecutive state titles. Middletown is back on the road for the second consecutive week after winning at North Caroline 28-14 last week on the strength of four touchdown runs by senior quarterback Reese Poffenbarger. It was the team’s ninth straight victory. Poffenbarger has passed for 2,408 yards and 26 touchdowns this season and been intercepted only three times in 276 attempts. He is also second on the team in rushing with 395 yards and 12 touchdowns on 130 attempts. Senior receiver Brian Walker, meanwhile, has caught 42 passes for a team-high 821 yards and 16 touchdowns. Elkton, on the other hand, is back in the state semifinals for the third time in four years. The Golden Elks were the runner-up in 2016 to Walkersville. They have not been seriously tested all season. Their narrowest margin of victory was a 31-14 home win over Oakdale on Oct. 4. Elkton senior quarterback Nolan Null has passed for 2,162 yards and 28 touchdowns while only being intercepted five times in 161 attempts. Senior running back Tashawn Watters has rushed for 1,143 yards and 16 touchdowns on 131 carries for the Golden Elks. The winner of this game will take on the winner of the other 2A semifinal between Potomac (11-1) and New Town (9-3).


Class 3A football state semifinals


Mervo (12-0) at Linganore (11-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Mervo coach: Patrick Nixon, ninth season

How they got here: Defeated Westminster 16-6 in Class 3A state quarterfinals.

Mervo statistical leaders: Rushing—Kyle Parker, 145 attempts, 1,005 yards, 6.9 average, 15 touchdowns; Jaylen England, 48 attempt, 345 yards, 7-2 average, 5 touchdowns; Jarred Gasque, 34 attempts, 321 yards, 9.4 average, three touchdowns. Passing—Kelin Kimbrough, 132 completions, 183 attempts, .721 percentage, 1,678 yards, 24 touchdowns. Receiving—Tyree Williams, 51 receptions, 785 yards, 12 touchdowns; Malik Lindsey, 38 receptions, 697 yards, eight touchdowns; Jarred Gasque, 36 receptions, 548 yards, six touchdowns. Defense: Tackles—Xavier Shell, 10-7; Jaquan Pitts, 84. Sacks—Kamir Missouri, 12; Daquan Harris, 14.

Linganore coach: Rick Conner, 18th season

How they got here: Defeated North Point 35-28 in Class 3A state quarterfinals.

Linganore statistical leaders: Rushing—Xander McClure, 247 attempts, 2,143 yards, 8.7 average, 18 touchdowns; Brady Domroe, 93 attempts, 676 yards, 7.5 average, 15 touchdowns; Joey Bruscia, 46 attempts, 298 yards, 6.5 average, 4 touchdowns. Passing—Joey Bruscia, 17 completions, 30 attempts, .550 percentage, 330 yards, one touchdown; Timmy Conner, 22 completions, 36 attempts, .600 percentage, 248 yards, three touchdowns. Receiving—Johan Samayoa, 12 receptions, 171 yards, one touchdowns; Matt Schiller, 8 receptions, 114 yards, two touchdowns; Will Coletti, 6 receptions, 66 yards, one touchdown. Defense: Tackles—Dustin Keith, 56; Cole Mitchell, 49; Brady Domroe, 46. Sacks—Dustin Keith, 9; Cole Mitchell, 7.

Outlook: These teams have a common opponent. On Sept. 13, Linganore rolled over Westminster, 31-0. Then, last week, Mervo did enough on both sides of the ball to get past Westminster, 16-6. Linganore is making its third consecutive appearance in the state semifinals, while Mervo is back for a second straight season. Last year, the Mustangs were a Class 4A school. The Lancers are trying to reach the state final for the third season in a row, having won their sixth state title overall in 2016. They will stick to their tried-and-true method of running the ball and passing when the opportunity presents itself. Mervo quarterback Kellin Kimbrough, meanwhile, has passed for almost 1,700 yards and 24 touchdowns on 183 attempts, roughly 100 more passes than Linganore has attempted this season. The Mustangs have three receivers with at least 548 yards and six touchdowns. Linganore, meanwhile, is led by junior run ning back Xander McClure, who has rushed for 2,143 yards and 18 touchdowns this season, despite defenses gearing up to stop him in just about every game. The winner of this game will face the winner of the other 3A semifinal between Damascus (10-2) and Huntingtown (12-0).

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(6) comments


Linganore won 27 25.


Potomac beat New Town 16 to 6.


And then there were two. One will be left standiing.


Middletown won in a real barn burner, 31, 27 with 19.5 seconds left. It was close all the way; Elkton scored first,with a field goal. Middletown scored and then Elkton scored, but the extra point was blocked, Then Elkton scored again and made two extra points. Middletown scored and made the extra point. After an exchange Middletown had two shots at a field goal, at the end of the half. They missed the first, but Elkton was called for a foul. Middletown made the second and led 17 16 at the half.

The second half was mostly defenseive, marred by fumbles, interceptions and long pass completions. Elkton got down to the three and with 1:19 left on the clock kicked a field goal. Middlteown went right back down the field, mostly passing and scored with 19.5 seconds left and made the extra point.

Middletown 31, Elkton 27.

Middletown has defeated two undefeated teams in successive weeks and they weren't even rated the top four of Frederick County's teams at the start of the season.

Catoctin blew our Ft. Hill 40 to 0 and Linganore won.

Next week Annapolis at 7 p.m. Saturday! It will be against New Town or Potomac.


Middletown's defense has been coming up big. And against one common opponent, Middletown has an edge on Elkton. I predict Middletown 28, Elkton 21.


Elkton was a dirty team when Walkersville beat them for the state title. Hope the Knights don't see that again.

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