BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA 9) — On Saturday night, Middletown claimed its third straight Maryland 2A state title with a 17-3 victory over Patuxent.
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“I’m so proud of the players, the coaches [and] the whole community,” said head coach Kevin Lynott. “We always say when we win a state championship, every Knight wins a state championship. So once again, third one in a row, every Knight’s a state champion tonight.”
The game was a defensive struggle from the outset. The Knights managed to hold Patuxent to just three points. Before Saturday’s title game, the Panthers hadn’t scored under 20 points in a match-up.
A touchdown from senior running back Brad Rinehart with just 57 seconds left in the game secured the Knights’ victory. The one-yard run gave the Knights’ defense the spark it needed to hold off Patuxent less than a minute longer and finish the season undefeated.
“It’s something I’m going to take with me the rest of my life,” said Rinehart.
The rest of the players on the podium with Rinehart echoed the sentiment after Saturday’s victory and made it clear that even though this was their team’s third straight state title, they didn’t take the honor lightly.
“This is everything you work for, and we will enjoy it,” said Lynott. “The seniors are going to enjoy it the rest of their lives … We’re blessed, I’m humbled by it every time.”