Maryland 3A football previews: River Hill-Linganore, Franklin-Huntingtown


River Hill has hoisted the Maryland 3A state championship trophy each of the last two years. With a win over Linganore Saturday, they would be one victory away from a three-peat. (Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)
Maryland 3A semifinals

No. 17 River Hill at Linganore

Friday, 7 p.m.

At stake: A berth in the Maryland 3A final on Dec. 5 at M&T Bank Stadium

Watch for: River Hill running back Chris Galloway missed five games before last week’s 3A East region final with a stress fracture in his ankle, but announced his return with a 50-yard touchdown run on the Hawks’ first offensive play in a 28-0 win over Reservoir. Galloway’s return gives the River Hill a versatile and dynamic duo in the backfield, where he’ll rotate with bruiser Kalonji Moore (718 yards, eight touchdowns on 87 carries).

River Hill’s defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown in the playoffs yet, but Linganore (11-1) has the potential to end that streak. The Lancers have averaged over 40 points per game throughout the season and put up 98 total in two playoff games.


Arnez Bowens (30) is one of the area’s most dangerous ballcarriers this season. He’ll need to produce another big game to help Huntingtown get back to the 3A title game. (Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)

Skinny: Defending state champion River Hill (10-2) is hunting its third straight state championship and fifth since 2007. Linganore won the 2009 state title, but hasn’t been back in the championship game since.

Franklin at No. 13 Huntingtown

Friday, 7 p.m.

At stake: A berth in the Maryland 3A final on Dec. 5 at M&T Bank Stadium

Watch for: Huntingtown’s offense. The Hurricanes (11-1) silenced some of their critics last week by putting up a season-high 39 points after averaging just 23.5 points in their previous 11 games. Franklin (10-2) is averaging 39.5 points per game and features a balanced offensive attack behind dual-threat quarterback Jacquez Adams (3,190 total yards, 36 touchdowns) and running back Darius Hinton (893 yards, 13 touchdowns). The Indians’ lowest outputs came in losses to Calvert Hall (14 points) and Perry Hall (seven points), meaning Huntingtown’s stout defense will be just as critical as the Hurricanes’ ability to keep up offensively. Senior running back Arnez Bowens is the catalyst for the Hurricanes, rushing for 1,207 yards in nine games, including last week’s 273-yard performance.

Skinny: With last week’s win, Huntingtown claimed its fifth region title and fifth straight state semifinal appearance. Friday’s contest marks a rematch of the 2010 state semifinals when Franklin squeaked past the Hurricanes, 15-14. Despite graduating 26 seniors last year, the Hurricanes are looking to advance to the state title game for the second straight season after falling to River Hill in 2012.

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