Last night, Seneca Valley Coach Al Thomas and a handful of faithful senior football players completed a dream mission that began three years ago.

One of those players, All-Met John Duke, kicked three field goals to help the Screaming Eagles build an early lead and they held off Montgomery County foe Springbrook, 25-16, in their Maryland Class AA state title game at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium.

Today, Fairmont Heights (11-1) plays Walkersville for the Class B title at 4; Laurel (11-1) meets Linganore (11-1) for the Class A crown at 7. Both games are at Byrd Stadium.

Seneca Valley (13-0) became the first school ever to win state championships in three classes. The Screaming Eagles have won three Class A titles, one Class B title and last night won their first Class AA crown.

"None of them are nothing sweeter than this one," Thomas said. "I said and I mean this, we started this thing with these kids three years ago. As things developed, we lost some kids as we got more demanding. I told the kids if they stuck with me, they would be champions. Maybe not state champions, but champions."

The Eagles, who had 300 total yards, have played like champions since opening day. A last-second 17-14 winner over Springbrook (11-2) in their regular season meeting, Seneca Valley took advantage of three blocked punts and a fumble to rush ahead, 25-0, with about 10 minutes left in the third period.

Led by defenders Ben Krensky and Ken Freeman, the Eagles held the Blue Devils to 79 total yards, 58 of that coming after intermission when Springbrook scored twice to get closer.

"We just played terribly," said Springbrook Coach Bob Milloy, whose team had only one first down in the first half. "I told them they could go out and get beat 51-0 or . . . I knew theywouldn't quit. Seneca Valley is a great team, they deserved it."

The Eagles improved their 18-0 halftime lead to 25-0 when Tom Norris blocked a Brad Brown punt and outscrambled a handful of players to fall on the loose ball for a touchdown with less than two minutes elapsed in the third period.

Springbrook, which has won four state crowns and has finished as state runners-up the past two years, then showed some signs of life. Led by the passing of Terry Wolfram, the Blue Devils moved 67 yards, the final 17 covered on a Wolfram pass to Chris Santy. Wolfram's pass to Santy for the two-point conversion made it 25-8 with 6:11 left in the period.

Later in the period, lineman Richard Lawlor recovered a fumble at the Eagles 44, leading to a five-yard touchdown run up the middle by Dino Sclavounos. The tailback also caught the two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 25-16 with 10:59 left in the game. But that was it for Springbrook. Seneca Valley worked the clock pefectly, using up the final six minutes on a game-ending drive.

"My assistants deserved a lot more credit," an emotional Thomas said. "They do more work than I do and I get the credit. You see we have no size but the kids worked hard for this one."

All-Met Shane Henson started the Seneca Valley spurt. He partially blocked Brown's punt at the Eagles 48. Ricky Davis dashed 25 yards on a run to help his team reach the 18. But the Blue Devils held and Duke came on to kick a 35-yard field goal with 6:13 to play in the opening period.

The score moved to 5-0 when Brown was forced to fall on a high snap in the end zone for a safety with 36 seconds left in the period.

Seneca Valley stopped the Blue Devils again and began a drive from its 48. Ron Smith (57 yards on 14 carries) rushed for 29 yards as his team reached the 13 before Duke made it 8-0 on a 30-yard field goal with 9:02 to play in the half.

"They were keying so much on Davis {37 yards on 10 carries}, they forgot we have a whole backfield, who can do everything," said Joppy, who led all rushers with 76 yards on 13 carries.Seneca Valley (13-0) 5 13 7 0 25 Springbrook (11-2) 0 0 8 8 16

SV -- FG Duke 35

SV -- Safety, Brown tackled in end zone

SV -- FG Duke 30

SV -- Joppy 19 pass from Kastantin (Duke kick)

SV -- FG Duke 19

SV -- Norris recovered blocked punt in end zone

S -- Santy 17 run (Santy pass from Wolfram)

S -- Sclavounous 5 run (Sclavounous run) MILFORD MILL 28 HAVRE DE GRACE 18 Milford Mill completed a perfect season by using a strong running game to defeat Havre De Grace for the Maryland Class C state championship.

Milford Mill (13-0) 7 7 7 7 28 Havre De Grace (11-2) 6 6 6 0 18

MM -- Nelson 23 run (Rubin kick)

HDG -- Wilson 19 pass from Bond (pass failed)

MM -- Flowers 4 pass from Ruff (run failed)

HDG -- Henson 2 run (run failed)

HDG -- Henson 1 run (pass failed)

MM -- Nelson 4 run (Rubin kick)

MM -- Thomas 2 run (Rubin kick)