Dundalk Falls Short in State Title Game

The Dundalk Owls season came to an end as they were defeated by Mervo from Baltimore City 22 to 13 in the 4A/3A Football State Title Game.

The Owls appeared they were on their way to their first state football title as they jumped out to a 13 to 0 lead over Mervo. Dundalk’s defense was dominant in the first half as the Owl’s defense recovered a touchdown on Mervo’s first offensive series. Then Dundalk stopped Mervo on two different drives near their goal line.

Mervo final scored a touchdown on the Owl defense in the final two minutes, but the game changed when Mervo blocked a punt for a touchdown in the final seconds to take a 14 to 13 lead at half.

Dundalk had a golden opportunity in the beginning of the second half as they recovered a bad snap on a punt in Mervo’s redzone. The Owls could not score as Stokes was sacked on third down and Owls missed the field goal.

Mervo came back on the next series with two big pass plays that resulted in a touchdown and a two-point conversion that extended the Mervo lead to 22 to 13.

Dundalk’s offense got into Mervo territory but couldn’t score. The Owls would not score in the second half as they had a fumble at the Mervo one-yard line. Stokes also threw two endzone interceptions in the fourth quarter on the last two drives.

The Owls were able to score their only offensive touchdown in the first quarter as Quarterback Calvin Stokes scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. That was set up by Stokes’ 20-yard fourth down pass to Marcus Nicholson on the previous play.

This was the second state title appearance for the Owls as they lost to Damascus in 2015.

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