Maryland 3A final
Huntingtown loses to Linganore in Maryland 3A final
BALTIMORE -- Huntingtown had grown accustomed to its underdog role this season, relishing every tough opponent. The fourth-ranked Hurricanes expected the Maryland 3A final, against highly favored Linganore, to be their toughest challenge yet and it wasn't long before their suspicions were confirmed.
On the opening drive the Hurricanes faced third and 22 from their own 9-yard line and elected to quick kick the ball away. Huntingtown's next drive ended abruptly with an interception and in less than four minutes a tone was set as Linganore rolled to a decisive 31-14 victory.
"We were just trying to get together on the sideline trying to settle down," Huntingtown Coach Jerry Franks said. "The first two series brought some questions in our mind and we had to get the kids back together."
The Lancers (14-0), who captured their fifth state championship and whose only loss in the past two years was the 2008 4A final against Sherwood, put on a smothering defensive display against the Hurricanes (13-1).
Huntingtown was held to 235 offensive yards, but just 45 rushing on 18 attempts. Conversely, the Lancers' two primary rushing options -- Penn State commit Zach Zwinak and Kevin Myers -- combined for 229 yards on the ground and four touchdowns.
The Hurricanes' go-to offensive threat, running back Greg Goodwin who entered the game with 2,559 rushing yards recorded a paltry 39 in the final outing of his high school career.
"I didn't see that coming," Linganore Coach Rick Conner said. "He had us sweating all week. We did a great job on him."
Said Goodwin: "We never got into a rhythm. I'm not even that tired because they kept me off the field and their d-line and linebackers were falling faster than any I've seen this season. I've never seen a team control the ball like that against us."
The Lancers capitalized on Huntingtown's quick-out on the opening possession with a 30-yard field goal by Alex Eckard. After the interception that ended Huntingtown's second drive, Linganore scored on a one-yard run by Myers (126 yards) to take a 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter that already knocked the Hurricanes on their heels.
Huntingtown's offense got into gear in the fourth quarter, scoring on a pair of rushing touchdowns by Goodwin.
But it was too late and Huntingtown couldn't notch its fourth postseason win in program history. Its first three playoff wins had all come this postseason.