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Swarmin’ Hornets state champs for third time in a row

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Dmass vs. Gwynn Park FB 2A state champs 1Damascus' Timothy Furgeson is hoisted on the shoulders of teammate Michael Jurgens to celebrate Furgeson's steal of the ball from Gwynn Park.                PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  ANNAPOLIS — 20 straight playoff appearances. 42 straight victories. Three straight state championships.

The Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets keep making history and Saturday’s 2A State Championship game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium was no different. The Hornets became the first team in Damascus school history to win three state titles in a row, its tenth overall, when they defeated the Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets 31-7.

The Hornets now own the Montgomery County record for most victories in a row, a record previously held by Seneca Valley.

Damascus utilized its multiple scoring threats to its advantage and bounced back after the Yellow Jackets tied the game early in the first quarter.

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Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets demolish Glenelg, 42-7, head to states

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1008 20171124 DHS vs GlenelgGlenelg quarterback Tyler Reiff's attempted pass is foiled by Damscus tight end Matthew Betterelli who snags Reiff's shoulder, forcing a fumble.  PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  DAMASCUS — The Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets once again proved themselves among the most dominant football teams in Maryland as they advanced to the 2A football championship game by defeating the visiting Glenelg Gladiators on Friday with the final score 42-7, setting up their fourth straight state championship appearance.

Friday's performance was a return to form for the Hornets' offense after last week's quarterfinal match against Walkersville turned into a defensive battle, and allowed Damascus to claim their 41st straight victory with a tried-and-true formula: run hard and run often.

The Damascus running attack – led by junior running back T.D. Ayo-Durojaiye – couldn't be contained by the Glenelg defense or slowed down by cold weather. Ayo-Durojaiye's offensive efforts were an integral part of his team's win, as he rushed for 145 yards and finished the game with three touchdowns.

While Ayo-Durojaiye put points on the board, Damascus' signature stifling defense made sure the Gladiators didn't make much offensive progress by keeping enough pressure on Glenelg junior quarterback Tyler Reiff that he struggled with fumbles, interceptions, and incompletions for most of the game.

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Undefeated Damascus team goes swarmin’, leaves Seneca Valley screamin’

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Damascus vs. Seneca Valley FB 10 27 17 1After a Seneca Valley touchdown late in the game, Damascus responds with wide receiver Dustin Kitzmiller returning kickoff for a 80-plus-yard touchdown. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  GAITHERSBURG — Now undefeated for nine straight games, the Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets dispatched the Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles 44-20 in a football match that was harder than the score implies.

The Swarmin’ Hornets going against the Screamin’ Eagles always makes for an exciting match, and this game was no exception. Both teams traded the lead for a while after Seneca Valley's Harold Dotson scored the first touchdown in the second quarter.

“We were used to that. Every year those guys are coming in and it’s the biggest game of the year,” said Seneca Valley head coach Fred Kim.

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Washington area football legends will get "Funky"

Former Damascus High School standout running back Jake Funk will be among the honorees this weekend at the Washington Football Legends Scholarship Gala.

The event, presented by Marriott, will offer a nostalgic evening of tribute, food and fun to honor football legends in our nation’s capital and provide scholarships for minority higher education assistance.

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