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Mervo Mustangs win 4A/3A state championship 22-13

 Mervo Mustangs win 4A/3A state championship 22-13
Posted at 10:46 PM, Dec 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-02 23:30:27-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — It was an emotionally charged atmosphere at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Thursday night.

It ended with Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School winning its first state football championship in school history.

The Mustangs defeated Dundalk 22-13 in the 4A/3A title game. They did so with Elijah Gorham on their minds and in their hearts.

The senior passed away in October after suffering injuries in a game the month before. The Mustangs carried his No. 7 jersey onto the field and each player hugged Elijah’s mother before kickoff.

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It was the Owls who controlled the game early. They jumped out to a 13-0 first quarter lead.

But from then on it was all Mustangs. Mervo scored two second quarter touchdowns. Derek Dunn ran it in on a quarterback sneak. Then the Mustangs blocked a punt and recovered the ball in the end zone. Jaden Eldridge fell on it for the TD. Mervo took a 14-13 lead into halftime.

The only touchdown of the second half was a Dunn to Deandre Ferguson completion.

The chant after game echoed ‘Seven Strong' for Gorham.

The Mervo Mustangs and Elijah Gorham are now Maryland state champions forever.

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