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BALTIMORE - Carl Riffe scored three touchdowns to lead the visiting Huntingtown Hurricanes (12-1 overall) to a 34-6 win over Milford Mill Academy of Baltimore on Saturday and a berth into the Class 3A state football championship game.
Huntingtown will face perennial state qualifier River Hill of Howard County at 7 p.m. Thursday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
“They're the real deal," Huntingtown first-year head coach Brendan Galligan said of River Hill.
The Hawks (13-0) earned their spot in the final with a 29-7 win over Urbana of Frederick County on Friday night.
"It's amazing," Riffe said of earning a berth in the title game. "I went my freshman year and we've made the semis every other year. It's just surreal."
"It's just incredible," said Huntingtown senior lineman Riley Cannon. "I'm just so excited to play another week of football."
Played in cold and gusty conditions, Huntingtown staked its way to a 6-0 lead at halftime on a pair of Noah Reeves field goals, the latter a 31-yarder with 1.7 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
"It was a great hold and a great snap," said Reeves, whose first kick was a season-long 36 yards and who has made four of six field goals this season.
Huntingtown's Arnez Bowens made it 13-0 after he plunged into the end zone from seven yards out just past the midway point of the third quarter.
Riffe scored twice from one yard out and another from nine yards away in the fourth quarter. All of his 212 rushing yards came in the second half as the Hurricanes amassed 442 yards on the ground in the contest.
Milford Mill (11-2) got its only points when Michael Jones ripped off a 49-yard run just five seconds after Riffe's second touchdown made it 27-0.
The Huntingtown defense allowed just 180 yards on the ground and held left-handed quarterback Kyle McEachern to just seven completions in 23 attempts and picked him off once.
Huntingtown had chances to take more than a six-point lead into halftime but lost three fumbles, including twice on its first three offensive plays.
Huntingtown 34, Milford Mill 6
Huntingtown 0 6 7 21
Milford Mill 0 0 0 6
H – FG Reeves 36, 10:42
H – FG Reeves 31, 11:58
H – Bowens 7 run (Reeves kick), 8:00
H – Riffe 1 run (Reeves kick), 2:14
H – Riffe 9 run (Reeves kick), 4:31
MM – Jones 49 run (kick failed), 4:36
H – Riffe 1 run (Reeves kick), 9:22
H (23 first downs, 60-442 rushing, 47 passing, 3-3 fumbles, 3-25 penalties)
M (8 first downs, 29-180 rushing, 81 passing, 0-0 fumbles, 7-57 penalties)
Top individual performers
Rushing – H: Riffe 26-212, Bowens 19-140, Piazza 5-58; MM: Jones 6-71, Morant 6-67, McEachern 13-37
Passing – H: Piazza 2-16-0 47; MM: McEachern 7-16-1 81
Receiving – H: Kelly 1-26, Kline 1-21; MM: Jones 3-49, White 1-21