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OWINGS, Md. — The air was crisp as Northern High School(11-1) took the field in their backyard for a Friday night playoff game. The Patriots were set to kick-off against the Chesapeake Cougars(10-3) in the MPSSAA – 3A state semi-final match in front of at least 1,000 fans.

Following an uneventful first quarter, the Patriots would get on the board in the second following a 70-yard passing touchdown, but would not secure an extra point. With under a minute left in the half, Chesapeake’s Victor Listorti (#10) would come up with a crucial rushing touchdown.

After putting one through the uprights, the Cougars would lead going into halftime, 7-6. 

Northern came out hot in the second half after Zach Crounse (#15) would complete a 50-yard pass to Tyler Baskett (#21) to bring the Patriots back in front. With the extra point, the Patriots would go up 13-7.

However, they would only be up for a short time as Chesapeake would answer the Patriots with a 10-yard passing touchdown. One more missed extra point, and the game would be tied at 13 heading into the final quarter. 

Close back and forth play throughout the quarter, and the game would come down to the final minute.

The Patriots would lineup for a field goal that would put them up by three at the whistle. Before they knew it, the Northern High School Patriots had secured their spot in the championship game with a win, 16-13.

The Patriots are set to square off on Dec. 7 against the undefeated Linganore Lancers from Frederick, Maryland. The game is set to kick off at 7 p.m.

Game details provided by Northern High School and Chesapeake via MaxPreps