Who knew Franklin’s (12-2) chance to win the Maryland Class 3A State Title would come down to a 5-8 baby face kicker by the name of Simon. But in the words of the late Stuart Scott, “As cool as the other side of the pillow”, Simon Spath nailed a 29 yard field goal with time running out to give Franklin 17-14 win over defending champs Linganore (12-2).
The win gives Franklin their 3rd 3A State Championship in 6 years. The Baltimore County school also defeated Linganore in 2013 and 2014 but lost to the Lancers in the 2016 final. Needless to say Friday’s victory is one to remember for Franklin faithful. During the post game press conference Coach Burgos mentioned Thursday night’s win ranking 2nd among the three titles.
Up 7-0 in the first quarter on Ryan Leyh’s 34 yard TD pass to Davon Butler, both teams seen better days offensively. Franklin’s Jordan Vernon III threw an uncharacteristic 3 interceptions during the contest. The Lancers missed a field goal, overthrew wide open players twice, and fumbled on Franklin’s 1 yard line before the half. Despite their share of woes on offense, Franklin was able to tie the game on a Vernon III 69 yard TD pass to a streaking Felton Mekai in the 2nd quarter (7-7). Franklin scored again on a 8 yard TD run by Villanova-bound Elijah Solomon (14-7 2Q).
Second half neither team could mustard up any points until late in the 4th quarter. Linganore converted a 4th and 8 on Franklin’s 17 yard line on a Joseph Felton TD run just inside the left pylon (14-14) with less than 5 minutes to play. Franklin answered by driving the field one last time. Vernon III connected with a leaping Corey Crawford Jr deep in Lancer territory.
Two seconds to go que in Mr. Spath. And after Linganore attempted to freeze the kicker with a timeout, he booted Franklin into the history books under the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium lights.
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