Howard County High School Sports: Fall: Region/States: Football: Campanaro Leads River Hill Past Douglass in Md. 2A South Final

Saturday, November 22
Football: Campanaro Leads River Hill Past Douglass in Md. 2A South Final
By Carl Little
Special to The Washington Post
Saturday, November 22, 2008; Page E08

Snow blew in just before kickoff last night in Clarksville, covering River Hill's field like confetti. Once the game started, nothing covered the field as thoroughly as the Hawks' Michael Campanaro. The senior All-Met made plays at wide receiver, running back, kickoff returner and safety to spark No. 4 River Hill to a 21-6 victory over Douglass in the Maryland 2A South final.

Campanaro was responsible for all three River Hill scores. He ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory for the Hawks (12-0), who celebrated their fourth straight region title in sub-freezing temperatures.

"All the credit goes to the guys up front," said Campanaro, referring to his offensive line. "They opened a lot of holes for me."

Douglass trailed 14-0 at the break -- courtesy of Campanaro's 30th and 31st touchdowns --but seemed to solve its first-half woes by the beginning of the third quarter. The Eagles (9-3) cut the deficit to 14-6 on a 12-yard touchdown run from Emmanuel Paul.

Douglass's defense held on the Hawks' next possession, but its offense turned the ball over on each of its next two drives -- once from the Hawks' 11 and once from the 18.

In between, Campanaro, who is committed to Wake Forest, caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Luke Hostetler to put the game out of reach.

"Fumbles," sighed Douglass safety and co-captain Christian Clark said. "That's what kills us every time. Can't hold on to the ball."