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Hornets sting TJ

November 23, 1996

DAMASCUS, Md. - Thomas Johnson's season came to an end Friday night in a 20-10 loss to the Damascus Hornets in the Maryland Class 3A state semifinals.

The Patriots had won eight straight in reaching the semifinals and finished the year at 9-3. Damascus (11-1) moves on to the finals to face Westlake, which defeated Dunbar, 26-14.

Damascus will be making its sixth state championship appearance, fifth since 1989. Westlake, a fourth-year school, is making its first. The Hornets have three state titles to their credit, but all in Class 2A.

Middletown plays at Wheaton in the Class 2A semifinals today at 1 p.m.

In Class 4A, defending champion Sherwood took advantage of a weakened Seneca Valley team, shutting out the Eagles, 37-0.

Sherwood (11-1) will face the winner of today's Lake Clifton at Eleanor Roosevelt contest in next week's state finals at Byrd Stadium on the campus of the University of Maryland.

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In Class 1A, defending champion Cambridge-South Dorchester (12-0) will meet Kent for the state crown. Cambridge edged Elkton, 27-20, and Kent defeated Hereford, 28-14, for the right to play in the finals. Cambridge defeated Kent, 28-6, in the second week of the season en route to a perfect regular season.

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