Walkersville advanced in the Maryland Class B state playoffs yesterday as J.F. Filchock threw three touchdown passes to lead the Lions over Damascus, 30-16, in a quarterfinal at Damascus.

Filchock completed nine of 18 passes for 160 yards and effectively ran keepers to the left and right when his team needed to sustain a drive.

And Walkersville (10-1) needed to sustain drives, if only to keep the ball away from Don Caparotti, who scored both of Damascus' touchdowns on receptions of 31 and 47 yards. Caparotti finished the season with 15 touchdowns receiving and three on interception returns.

Caparotti scored despite being double covered. "I've had four {men} on me before," said Caparotti. "When I get open, {quarterback} Pat {Poole} hits me. We gave a bunch of teams a surprise this year {in finishing 7-4}."

Damascus scored halfway through the first quarter on Poole's nine-yard touchdown pass to Caparotti.

In the second quarter, with Damascus leading by 7-0, Walkersville combined its usual running offense with a newfound passing game for a 90-yard, eight-minute touchdown drive. Corey Boswell caught a high-thrown ball from Filchock on fourth down to score on an eight-yard reception.

Thirty seconds into the second half, it looked like Caparotti was going to take over. After returning the kickoff 35 yards to the Walkersville 47, Caparotti, on first down, made an 11-yard catch over the middle, then cut back to the outside and ran upfield untouched for a 47-yard score. But Caparotti was stuffed by the Walkersville defense when Damascus attempted a reverse for the two-point conversion.

After trading punts, Filchock looked to Brian Thompson over the middle, but found tight end Sean Patterson open, running down the right side line. Filchock threw to Patterson in stride for a 39-yard touchdown, and then to Thompson for the conversion.

After a Damascus field goal tied the game in the third quarter, Filchock led the Lions on a balanced 70-yard drive. On second down, from the Damascus 24, the Walkersville quarterback rolled left and threw to Thompson, who was running left, for a 24-yard touchdown reception, and a 23-16 Walkersville lead.

Walkersville played well in the fourth quarter, rendering the Poole-to-Caparotti combination ineffective, and Donald Staggers ran for a three-yard touchdown with less than a minute to play to finish Walkersville's scoring. Walkersville (10-1) 0 8 15 7 30 Damascus (7-4) 7 0 9 0 16

D -- Caparotti 31 pass from Poole (Whitehead kick)

W -- Boswell 8 pass from Filchock (Filchock run)

D -- Caparotti 47 pass from Poole (run failed)

W -- Patterson 39 pass from Filchock (Thompson pass from Stouffer)

D -- FG 33 Whitehead

W -- Thompson 24 pass rom Wilchock (Patterson kick)

W -- Staggers 3 run (Patterson kick)