Springbrook needed two helicopters and a host of rake-wielding parents and friends just to get its football field ready for yesterday's Class AA state quarterfinal with Meade.

As it turned out, preparing the field was probably more trying than the game. Ninth-ranked Springbrook won rather convincingly, 21-0, limiting Meade to 145 total yards.

The two helicopters cost $345, $300 of which was paid by the state. Montgomery County paid the other $45. The helicopters spent about 1 1/2 hours hovering over the field, while parents and friends of the school worked on the field with rollers and other equipment.

The Blue Devils (10-1), the only area Class AA team to play yesterday, will meet the winner of Monday's Severna Park-Annapolis quarterfinal.

Meade defeated both Annapolis (17-7) and Severna Park (29-7) during the regular season. Since losing, 10-0, to Chesapeake, the Mustangs (8-3) had won six straight games, yielding only 28 points in the process. But Meade was overmatched yesterday.

Unable to spring 5-foot-4 tailback Victonio Spencer or Tony McCloud for any big gains (they totaled 66 yards on 21 carries), Meade had to alter its game plan and throw. Result: four interceptions.

"Stopping him {Spencer} was the key. We felt if we could control him, we could control them," said Springbrook linebacker Kenney Williams, who had one interception, recovered a fumble and had one sack.

Meade, led by its superb linebacker Brian Pratt, also did a good job against the Blue Devils running game. But the Blue Devils had another weapon. Quarterback Terry Wolfram completed 10 of 18 passes for 160 yards and had a 37-yard scoring pass to Marlon Murphy with one second left in the first half. The play pushed the Devils' lead to 14-0 and sent the Mustangs off the field in a funk.

"We stopped their run okay, but each time they needed it, the quarterback came up with a big play," Pratt said. "He was the key and he killed us."

Even before that key play, the Blue Devils, who had 331 total yards, had begun to take control. Passes of 18 and 20 yards helped the hosts move to the Meade 29. Four plays later, Dino Sclavounos burst up the middle on a 12-yard touchdown run. Marcus Cockrell's kick made it 7-0 with 8:45 to play in the second period.

Meade quarterback Rodney Ruth, only one for eight in the first half with three interceptions, threw consecutive interceptions in the second period. The second was returned by Brad Brown 12 yards to his team's 46. Two running plays netted 17 yards before Wolfram lofted a perfect pass along the sideline for the score and a 14-0 halftime lead.

Springbrook completed its scoring in the third quarter when Tony Jenkins recovered a fumble by Brown and ran 17 yards into the end zone. Meade (8-3) 0 0 0 0 0 Springbrook (10-1) 0 14 7 0 21

S -- Sclavounos 12 run (Cockrell kick)

S -- Murphy 37 pass from Wolfram (Cockrell kick)

S -- Jenkins 17 run with recovered fumble (Cockrell kick)