May 21, 2018

Linganore orchestrates thrilling comeback to upend Milford Mill; captures 3A state title

Davon Butler amassed 190 total yards and three touchdowns on 31 touchdowns in Linganore's 28-27 win over Milford Mill on Thursday night at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Austin McFadden/MSA.

ANNAPOLIS — Behind 190 total yards and three touchdowns from junior running back Davon Butler, Linganore erased a 19-point deficit to upend Milford Mill, 28-27, and capture the Maryland Public Secondary School Athletics Association Class 3A state title at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Thursday night.

This is Linganore’s sixth state title in school history and first since 2009.

Milford Mill took a 19-0 lead with 8:10 left in the second quarter on a Desmond Shell 17-yard run, a Savage-to-Rishon Holmes 17-yard pass and Troy Scott 24-yard touchdown.

Linganore (12-2) upstarted the momentous surge when Butler scored on a six-yard run to cap a 60-yard drive and make it 19-7 with under a minute left in the first half.

With 26 seconds left in the third quarter, quarterback Ryan Leyh hit a wide-open Joe Kolick in the flat for a 60-yard strike, which pulled the Lancers within one score, 19-12. After forcing a Milford Mill 3-and-out, Linganore went 60 yards on three plays and went ahead, 22-19, on a Butler 15-yard scamper. 

The Millers weren’t done, however, and responded with a six-play, 82-yard drive to retake the lead when Shell scored from nine yards out. Linganore got the ball back with 3:57 left in regulation and used two monumental fourth down conversions, including a 12-yard Leyh run on 4th-and-10 at its own 35 and a Ben Musselman two-yard rush on 4th-and-1 in plus territory, to orchestrate the game-winning 15-play, 68-yard drive capped by Butler’s 2-yard plunge with 14 seconds to go.

Leyh finished the game 10-for-28 passing with 147 yards and a touchdown through the air. He also added 24 yards on four carries. Kolick caught three passes for 79 yards and racked up six total tackles; two for loss.

This story will be updated.

About Kyle McFadden 416 Articles
Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School's Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore's student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles. McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access. With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels. McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church -- serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night. Although he's only been around journalism since January 2014, he's a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post. McFadden's work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He's also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists. McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor's degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.
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