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Colonels’ C.J. Cramma aims for elusive state title, while Damascus goes for another team crown 

Magruder’s C.J. Cramma need no further inspiration than his past two meetings with Parkdale of Prince George’s County’s 4A-3A runner-up Axel Giron, who defeated the Colonels’ wrestler, 6-3, in last year’s 113-pound state semifinals, and, in triple-overtime at a summer wrestling camp at Landon High.

Giron lost his state title bout, 3-2, to repeat winner Brent Lorin of Harford County’s Bel Air, a junior like Giron, who has yet to lose a high school bout.

“We were tied 3-3 at states and Giron got back points,” said Cramma, who went 4-1 at states with two pins, a technical fall and a 9-5 decision to end the year with a mark of 41-6. “At Landon, we were tied 4-4 but went into triple-overtime and I lost on the ultimate ride-out.”

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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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John Allan Furgeson sparks Damascus to 2A West regional championship victory over Walkersville

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DD5A9759a 1aTwo Walkersville players force Damascus High School quarterback John Allan Furgeson (#9) out of bounds near their 10 yard line, but not before he popped through the line on a keeper for a long run to set up the go ahead touchdown. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHDAMASCUS — After a hard-fought battle, the Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets emerged victorious Friday in the 2A West regional championship game, defeating the Walkersville Lions 7-3.

Until halfway through the fourth quarter, the Swarmin’ Hornets found themselves in a situation it had rarely seen in 2017: trailing.

Facing off against Walkersville, Damascus had struggled throughout the game to find any type of offensive momentum, leaving the jam-packed home-field crowd looking for something – anything – to cheer for; That is, until quarterback John Allan Ferguson called his own number, ran right, and headed downfield unchallenged until he was finally stopped 67 yards later at the Walkersville seven-yard line.

The crowd roared. Finally, Damascus had life.

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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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