SEVERNA PARK, MD., NOV. 21 -- For the third consecutive year, Springbrook will be playing in the Maryland Class AA state championship game.
The Blue Devils (11-1) scored on their first two possessions tonight and held on to defeat Severna Park, 10-6, in a Class AA state semifinal before 3,000 fans at Severna Park.
Springbrook will try for its fifth state championship next weekend against Montgomery County rival Seneca Valley. The Blue Devils were beaten by Seneca Valley in the regular season, 17-14.
Junior Calvin Martin ran for 116 yards and quarterback Terry Wolfram scored three minutes into the game to lead the Blue Devils. Marcus Cockrell kicked a 26-yard field goal moments later.
The Blue Devils appeared in control of the game in the first half, but only led by 10-6 at halftime.
In the second half, the Falcons (10-2) had many scoring chances, but they couldn't get into the end zone. On their first drive of the third quarter, the Falcons moved to Springbrook's 18-yard line, but Tom Rickloff fumbled and Marlon Murphy recovered.
Early in the fourth quarter, Severna Park got to Springbrook's 17, but quarterback Kevin Hetrick was thrown for a loss on fourth and eight. Five minutes later, Hetrick fumbled a snap at Springbrook's 38 and the Blue Devils' Jon Martin recovered.
And in the final minute, Hetrick threw a long pass from midfield that was tipped by Springbrook's Brad Brown and fell just out of the reach of the Falcons' Gerald Wenn, who was alone at the 15.
The Blue Devils scored on their first possession, an eight-play, 48-yard drive capped by Wolfram's seven-yard run around right end. Cockrell's kick made it 7-0.
After the Falcons failed on a fourth-and-one attempt from their 22, Springbrook moved to the 9 before Cockrell kicked a 26-yard field goal.
The Falcons got six points back with four minutes left in the first half when Hetrick hit Clay Coard in the right corner of the end zone for a 27-yard scoring play. The kick failed. It was an eight-play, 71-yard drive, keyed by Hetrick's two passes for 48 yards.
Springbrook had more total yards (134-100) and first downs (8-3) in the first half.
Springbrook's Kenney Williams had an outstanding game from his linebacker position, with three sacks and two forced fumbles.Springbrook (11-1) 10 0 0 0 10 Severna Park (10-2) 0 6 0 0 6
S -- Wolfram 7 run (Cockrell kick)
S -- FG Cockrell 26
SP -- Coard 27 pass from Hetrick (kick failed)