Though Parkdale's offense, which entered last night's Maryland 4A championship averaging 26.2 points per game, became the first unit to score 20 points on Sherwood this season, it was the Panthers' defense that secured the 34-14 victory last night at Ravens Stadium.

The Panthers' defense dominated the line of scrimmage, holding Sherwood running backs Josh Twyman and Romeje Richards, who averaged 185.1 rushing yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game this season, to a combined 152 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. The Panthers also forced five turnovers.

"We felt our defense got overlooked all season, and we looked at this game to prove to everyone how good we are," Parkdale senior linebacker Marcus Shephard said.

Running on Empty

Middletown senior tailback Josh Keeney carried the ball seven times for 15 yards in the second half of the Knights' 20-9 loss in the Maryland 2A championship. Keeney finished with 98 yards on 19 carries.

It was only the second time this season Keeney has been held to fewer than 100 yards. The last time it happened, in the second week of the season against F.S. Key, was the last time Middletown lost.

Keeney finished the year with 2,482 yards and 40 touchdowns on 299 carries. . . .

Looking for a lucky number for South Lakes? Try three. The Seahawks scored the winning touchdown in yesterday's Virginia AAA Division 5 Northern Region final against W.T. Woodson with 3 minutes 33 seconds left in the game, winning 7-2. Last week South Lakes scored with 33 seconds left to beat Edison, 14-7.

-- Jon Gallo and Jake Schaller