Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
M&T Bank Stadium
When Gwynn Park has the ball: The Yellow Jackets want to minimize the mistakes that have followed them through the playoffs, averaging more than 100 yards in penalties per game and negating some key plays. Gwynn Park has many talented players, all capable of breaking the big play. Running back William Little is a strong, physical runner, while sophomore Jerrell Coles has terrific speed.
Look for the Yellow Jackets to find ways to get the ball into the hands of wide receiver Quintin McCree, be it in the long passing game, the short passing game or even running the ball. He averages nearly 27 yards per catch. Quarterback Andrew Banks has thrown at least one touchdown pass in all but one game this season.
The teams are somewhat familiar with each other, having met in a preseason scrimmage.
When Westminster has the ball: The Owls, who prior to this season had won just one playoff game in school history, operate from a spread formation, with four wide receivers. Coach Brad Wilson was an assistant coach at North County in the 1990s when the Knights were a state contender using the run-and-shoot. Quarterback Kevin Clancy has set a Carroll County single-season passing record and his favorite receiver is Ryan Payne.
Just because Westminster likes to pass does not mean it cannot run. Running back Ryan Finch is a threat at all times. He often runs the ball inside out of the shotgun formation and is a good receiver, averaging 20 yards per catch with 10 touchdowns. Look for Gwynn Park to try to prevent the big play and force turnovers.
-- Josh Barr
Passing LeadersComp.-Att.-Int.Yds.TDsGwynn Park QB Andrew Banks 71-136-101,34017Westminster QB Kevin Clancy173-319-10 3,18638Rushing LeadersAtt.Yds.TDsGwynn Park RB William Little9563716Westminster RB Ryan Finch1491,23714Receiving LeadersRec.Yds.TDsGwynn Park WR Quintin McCree297718Westminster WR Ryan Payne5199615