McDonough Beats Middletown 21-14 For First Title

BALTIMORE (AP) — Devante Gray caught three touchdown passes and made a big sack late in the fourth quarter to help McDonough defeat Middletown 21-14 in Maryland’s Class 2A state championship Saturday.

The Charles County school won its first state title and finished with a 13-1 record. McDonough took a 21-0 lead and had a big edge in total yardage (305-107), but the Rams still needed to hold off Middletown’s late rally.

McDonough took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter after Aquil Michaux threw touchdown passes of 43 and 25 yards to Gray, who finished with five catches for 109 yards.

The Rams made it 21-0 when George Leonard threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Gray with seven minutes left in the third quarter.

But Middletown (12-2) rallied when Sam Michels scored on a 19-yard touchdown with 4:53 left in the third quarter. The Knights scored again just 81 seconds later when Michael Pritts threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Chris Pirrone. Michels ran for the two-point conversion off a fake kick to make it 21-14.

Middletown tried to tie it in the fourth quarter but came up short on a few chances. The Knights were driving in the final minute but just missed on a long pass, and Gray sacked Pritts on fourth down.

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