When: Thursday, 7 p.m. Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
How they got here: Damascus beat Reservoir, 48-7, behind five touchdowns and 314 rushing yards from Jake Funk. Dundalk advanced in a 41-34 thriller over Potomac (Md.), with Kobi Eure taking a screen pass from Darrius Sample and turning it into a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
When Damascus has the ball: Funk has put the Damascus offense on his back en route to a record-breaking, 50-touchdown season. The senior running back has 2,595 rushing yards (11.9 per carry) and is a threat to break a long run on any play. Markus Vinson joins Funk in the backfield, giving the Swarmin’ Hornets a one-two punch.
When Dundalk has the ball: The Owls are led by Sample, a dual-threat quarterback who took over as starter early in the season. Eure, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound running back, gets the bulk of the carries. Look for Dundalk to lean on its physical back against a tough Damascus defense.
Skinny: Defenses have tried all season to find a way to stop Funk and the Damascus offense, and to no avail. The Swarmin’ Hornets have blown out every team they’ve faced; no team has come close to Damascus since last year’s final, when it coughed up a three-touchdown lead in a 35-21 loss to Franklin. If the Owls can contain Funk, they’ll have a shot to bring home their first state title. But if they — like the Swarmin’ Hornets’ previous 13 opponents — don’t have an answer, then Damascus should be holding the championship trophy for the first time since 2007.