Wilde Lake Coach Doug DuVall firmly believes that championship games should be classic tests of both teams' mettle and not blowouts. He saw just that Friday night as Raphael Wall scored from three yards in overtime to give No. 8 Wilde Lake a 13-7 win over No. 14 Damascus in the Maryland Class 2A state championship at South Carroll.

"That's how the state championship should be won -- in overtime," said DuVall, whose team finished 13-0 and captured the school's second state football championship.

"Damascus is a great football team and it was a great game," he said. "Anybody who paid their four dollars to see this game certainly got their money's worth."

Last season the Wildecats lost to Damascus in the state semifinals.

McDonough 33, C.M. Wright 20: When the going got tough, junior Sherron Gudger took over, rushing for 293 yards on 18 carries and four touchdowns to lead the No. 12 Rams won the Maryland Class 3A title at Friendly High School.

This is the third state football crown for McDonough and Coach Larry Johnson. The school also won titles in 1983 and 1985.

C.M. Wright (12-1) of Harford County earned a trip to its first title game by posting six shutouts and yielding only 44 points this season.

McDonough totaled 416 yards.