By Sheldon Shealer and Mike Loveday
This week's high school football schedule features only nine games -- eight public school state semifinal contests and the 90th annual Calvert Hall vs. Loyola Thanksgiving Day game.
Saturday, Nov. 28
* No. 1 Wise 24, No. 4 Thomas Johnson 8: Wise advances to the state final for the first time in the prorgram's brief history.
* No. 3 Old Mill 20, No. 2 Sherwood 13: Old Mill scored with 18 seconds left to pull out a 20-13 victory. The Millers trailed 13-12 until a long pass set up the game-winning touchdown.
Friday, Nov. 27
* No. 1 Linganore 41, No. 4 Hereford 9: Alex Eckard's two first-half field goals allowed the senior to tie the career state record and Zach Zwinak turned in another big performance as the Lancers (13-0) rolled past Hereford.
* No. 2 Huntingtown 10, No. 3 River Hill 7: Mark Smith converted a 35-yard field goal with 1:04 left as Huntingtown (13-0) stunned River Hill, ending the Hawks' 40-game win streak.
* No. 1 Queen Anne's 48, No. 4 Middletown 33
* No. 2 Eastern Tech 27, No. 3 Douglass-PG 12: Eastern Tech (12-1) used a 21-point second quarter to pull away from Douglass. The Mavericks are headed back to the state final for the third straight season. Emmanuel Gbor rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Zach Burkhardt completed three of four passes for 67 yards and two scores.
* No. 1 Joppatowne 20, No. 4 Allegany 13: Epe Henriques and Dominick Harper each topped 100 rushing yards as Joppatowne advanced to the state final with a victory over Allegany. Joppatowne (13-0) saw its 14-0 lead trimmed to 14-13 and Allegany actually converted the potential game-tying extra point. However, a penalty on Joppatowne moved the ball inside the 2 and Alco went for two, and failed, leaving the score 14-13. Henriques added his second touchdown run in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.
* No. 2 Catoctin 13, No. 3 Dunbar 12: Dylan May had a touchdown run, kicked the game-winning extra point and sealed the contest with a game-ending interception as Catoctin (13-0) advances to the state final for the first time in school history. Dunbar, meanwhile, had its streak of state titles halted at three in a row. The Poets were attempting to become only the second school in Maryland history to win four in a row.
Thursday, Nov. 26
* Calvert Hall 47, Loyola 28