BALTIMORE (AP) — Alex Barnes ran for two touchdowns and had another 29-yard score off an interception to lead Fort Hill to the Maryland Class 1A state football championship with a 25-0 victory over Douglass on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Sentinels, of Cumberland, Md., won their third title overall and first since 1997. Barnes finished with 116 yards on 12 carries with touchdown runs from 7 and 44 yards. Dekarai Darr had 97 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown for Fort Hill, which capped a 14-0 season.
Douglass, of Baltimore, was making its first trip to the state championship and finished the year 13-1. The Ducks were held to just 113 yards of total offense and quarterback Camron West was sacked six times.
After a scoreless first quarter, a pair of runs by Barnes for 16 yards and another 30-yard run by Ty Johnson gave the Sentinels the ball at the Douglass 14. Darr later completed the drive with a 5-yard scoring run for a 7-0 lead with 7:33 left in the half.
Fort Hill allowed just five rushing yards on 13 carries in the opening two quarters.
The Sentinels then continued to pull away in the second half. Barnes intercepted West and scampered 29 yards for a 13-0 lead with 9:23 left in the third quarter. Fort Hill held Douglas to just one trip inside the red zone the entire game.
After Douglas was called for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that gave the Sentinels the ball on the 14, Barnes scored on a 7-yard run three plays later.
On Fort Hill’s next possession, Barnes found a seam on the left side of the line and ran 44 yards down the sideline and put the game away with 8:40 remaining.
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