Terry Wolfram threw a 92-yard touchdown pass to Brad Brown and 11th-ranked Springbrook made two big defensive plays last night to defeat 13th-ranked Churchill, 17-14, in a key Montgomery AA game at Churchill.

The Blue Devils finished the regular season 9-1 and will host a Class AA state playoff game next week. Churchill (7-3) must wait to see how the state's other Class AA playoff contenders fare today to see if it gets in.

Wolfram, a junior, was nine of 13 for 161 yards and one touchdown. The Blue Devils, who lost in the Class AA final to Gaithersburg last year, scored 10 straight points to break a halftime tie and then held on in the last two minutes.

With the game tied at 7 late in the third quarter, Springbrook's Marcus Cockrell kicked a 31-yard field goal to put the Blue Devils ahead for good.

Churchill then moved the ball deep into Springbrook territory, but Jim Kemp's pass intended for Fred Sollock was intercepted by linebacker Kenny Williams at the 14-yard line.

Two plays later, Brown beat cornerback Jon Sadd down the left sideline and Wolfram led him perfectly for a 92-yard scoring play. "I just took off down the line," Brown said. "I had a step or two on my man and I was only worried about beating No. 18 {Joe Kim} to the end zone."

The Bulldogs got to within three points on their next possession, but it took 19 plays and nearly eight minutes to do it. Fullback Jeff Leventhal ran 13 yards for the touchdown with 1:50 remaining. Churchill's ensuing onside kick was recovered by the Blue Devils, who later stopped the Bulldogs at midfield as time expired.

"Our defense was outstanding. They all played really well," Springbrook Coach Bob Milloy said.

Springbrook's other big defensive play came late in the first half. The Bulldogs moved the ball from their own 32 to the Springbrook 10, but Kemp was stopped on a fourth and inches to stop the drive. Linemen David Soper, Richard Lawlor, and Mike Wnek anchored the middle of the defensive line that stopped Kemp.

Springbrook scored first when Dino Sclavounos ran in from two yards with 10:13 left in the second quarter. Chris Santy rushed three times for 13 yards prior to the scoring play. On Santy's first run, a Churchill defender grabbed his face mask, moving the ball to Churchill's 10.

The 24-yard drive was set up when Kemp faked a punt and completed a pass, but the Bulldogs were called for an ineligible man downfield, giving Springbrook excellent field position.

Churchill tied it five minutes later when sophomore Mark Mason found a hole on the left side to score from three yards out. The 70-yard drive was keyed by Kemp's 32-yard pass to Leventhal. A 15-yard face-mask penalty on the play moved the ball to Springbrook's 17.

Kemp was 10 of 22 for 103 yards. Mason rushed 15 times for 73 yards. Wolfram was five of seven for 119 yards in the second half. Springbrook (9-1) 0 7 3 7 17 Churchill (7-3) 0 7 0 7 14

S -- Sclavounos 1 run (Cockrell kick)

C -- Mason 3 run (de Guzman kick)

S -- FG Cockrell 31

S -- Brown 92 pass from Wolfram (Cockrell kick)

C -- Leventhal 13 run (de Guzman kick)