Maryland 3A East Region Final
RIVER HILL (10-1) at SEVERNA PARK (10-1)
Kickoff: 1 p.m. Saturday
To the Winner: A spot in the state semifinals.
Last Week: River Hill junior quarterback Daniel Hostetler ran for two touchdowns and threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to his cousin, junior receiver Josh Hostetler, helping the Hawks earn their first postseason victory in school history with a 21-13 win over Long Reach.
Severna Park posted its third shutout of the season and its first postseason victory since 2000 in a 21-0 win over visiting North Harford. Quarterback Greg Zingler threw an 85-yard touchdown pass to Chris Hunt in the first quarter, and cornerback Joe Farrell returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown before intermission. Tommy Massie put the game away with a three-yard scoring run on the first play of the fourth quarter.
River Hill running back Nick Campanaro vs. Severna Park's defense
Campanaro, who has rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns, forces defenses to crowd the line of scrimmage, which gives receivers more space to find openings.
River Hill's offense is averaging 31.7 points per game and has scored 104 points combined in the past three games. But the Hawks have not faced a defense as strong as Severna Park's, which has allowed opponents 10.8 points per game.
If the Hawks can't move the ball on the ground, they will be forced into a passing game. That is not well suited for their methodical offense, which likes to control the clock.
"With our offense, everything starts with running the football," Campanaro said. "If we can get that going, we're tough hard to stop."
-- JON GALLO