Allegany scored on four of its first five possessions, making a bone-chillingly cold night even more frigid for Brunswick as the Campers advanced to the Maryland 1A final with a 35-6 win over the Railroaders at Greenway Stadium.
The game turned early in the second quarter. Trailing 7-0, Brunswick was stopped on fourth and two at the Allegany 3-yard line. One play later, Campers running back Jeff Link went untouched down the right sideline for a 97-yard score.
"Getting down there offensively and not getting in kind of hurt and then immediately we gave up a touchdown," said third-year Brunswick coach Kevin Lynott. "That was like a one-two punch and then they took it to the house."
The Campers (13-0) kept up their offensive barrage, scoring twice more before halftime on a pair of touchdown passes from Logan Reiter to Donavan Vinson that covered 29 and 35 yards, giving Allegany a 28-0 lead at intermission.
After averaging more than 44 points in their past four games, the Railroaders offense stalled. Despite running more plays in the first half, Brunswick was outgained 266-119 by the Campers.
"It was never intimidating and was actually motivating being up here," Lynott said about traveling to play the seven-time state champions. "They're just a better football team. They are well coached and very disciplined."
The Railroaders were able to avoid the shutout and boost some individual stats late, going on a 19-play, 83-yard drive that encompassed nearly 12 minutes between the third and fourth quarters. Brunswick scored when quarterback Aaron Main found wide receiver Chris Papanicolas across the middle for a 10-yard strike.
Throwing for the majority of the second half, Main completed 13 of 21 attempts for 161 yards. Papanicolas had five catches for 65 yards and running back Eric Zwilsky carried 22 times for 83 yards.