Dun­bar falls short in 12-7 de­feat

Po­ets strug­gle to con­tain Lions’ Wet­zel; Walk­ersville to face Elk­ton in fi­nal

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY FOOTBALL - By Mike Frainie

WALK­ERSVILLE — If the Dun­bar Po­ets didn’t know who Ja­cob Wet­zel was, they do now.

Wet­zel, a re­ceiver and strong safety for Walk­ersville, scored on a 10-yard pass, ran for 139 yards and made a key in­ter­cep­tion to give the host Lions a 12-7 win over Dun­bar in the Class 2A state semi­fi­nals Fri­day night.

Walk­ersville (13-0) will play Elk­ton in the 2A state cham­pi­onship next Satur­day or Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at Navy-Ma­rine Corps Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in An­napo­lis. It marks the sec­ond straight year Dun­bar’s sea­son ends in the semi­fi­nals.

Dun­bar was led by quar­ter­back Jared Lewis, who com­pleted 16 of 27 passes for 143 yards, and ran for 67 yards and a touch­down.

As well as the Po­ets played at times, it was their in­abil­ity to finish drives that cost them. Dun­bar held Walkesville to 14 of­fen­sive plays in the sec­ond half but reached the end zone just once.

“If you’d have told me that we’d come here and only give up 12 points and lost, I’d have told you you were crazy,” Dun­bar coach Lawrence Smith said. “They haven’t been shut down like that in a long time. We have ev­ery­body com­ing back, and this will make us hun­gry for next year.”

The Po­ets (9-4) held Walk­ersville on its first se­ries, but the sec­ond was a dif­fer­ent story. On the first play from scrim­mage at the Lions 18, Wet­zel took a hand­off and burst through the cen­ter of the Dun­bar de­fen­sive line. By the time the Po­ets ran him down, Wet­zel had a 74-yard gain and Walk­ersville had a first down at the Dun­bar 8.

The Lions ex­tended the lead with another long run in the sec­ond quar­ter. On a sec­ond-and-13 from the Walk­ersville 14, Wet­zel found another seam in the line and took off for a 58-yard gain down the side­line. Af­ter he was caught, the Lions had the ball at the Po­ets’ 24. Three plays later, Walk­ersville quar­ter­back Billy Gant ex­e­cuted a fake run and threw a 10-yard pass to Wet­zel in the back cor­ner of the end zone for a 12-0 lead.

The Po­ets averted dis­as­ter with a de­fen­sive stand to start the sec­ond half. The Lions’ Chad Glea­son took the kick­off from the Po­ets’ 15 to set Walk­ersville up in great field position. Dun­bar’s de­fense tight­ened, though, and the Po­ets took over four plays later at their 6-yard line.

Dun­bar put to­gether an im­pres­sive drive, mostly on the feet of Jamorie Ran­some and Jared Lewis. The Po­ets drove to the Lions’ 28, but Lewis was in­ter­cepted by Wet­zel at the 6.

Dun­bar fi­nally scored late in the fourth quar­ter. Af­ter tak­ing over at their 43, the Po­ets used a se­ries of passes and runs by Ran­some be­fore Lewis ran the ball in from the 7-yard line to cut the lead to 12-7 af­ter a kick by Uriah Ke­moh with 3:02 left.

Walk­ersville got the ball back and ap­peared to be stopped on fourth-and-4, but player jumped offside, giv­ing the Lions a first down, and they ran out the clock.

“We made a lot of mis­takes,” Lewis said. “I tried hard to lead us to the win, but we came up short. I have a lot of re­spect for Walk­ersville. They’re a great team.”

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