Football in The Town

A look inside the ‘Canes 2021 football playoff run


Ian Atwood

The crisp air, the roar of the student section, and the beautiful sound of pads colliding together. Led by leader Bryce Lafollette and Chad Connolly could  Huntingtown accomplish the ultimate goal of a state championship?

Here’s a recap of the Hurricanes 2021 state playoff run. The Huntingtown High School football team finished with a record of 8-1 and won the southern Maryland athletic conference (SMAC). In the first round of the 2a regional playoffs the Hurricanes played a SMAC rival the La Plata Knights. In the game Zayne Cawley led the Hurricanes in rushing with nine carries and 80 yards, and Koy Greenwell had one of his better games with six attempts passing for 96 yards. On the defensive side of the ball Andrew Dolihite led the team in tackles and had one sack. The Hurricanes demolished the Knights in a 41-0 victory!

In the second round of the playoffs the Hurricanes faced off against the Stephen Decatur Seahawks. The offense was sluggish in the beginning but got the ball rolling and put up 28 points on Decatur’s defense. Senior Quarterback Koy Greenwell had two completions for 85 yards and Zayne Cawley had another outstanding game with 18 carries for 170 yards and an amazing 9.4 average yards per carry. The Hurricanes defense completely shut down Decatur’s offense only allowing 14 points. Chad Connelly had an outstanding game leading the team in tackles with ten! Riley Curtain also had an excellent game with one sack and five tackles. Huntingtown took it home with a 28-14 victory against the Decatur Seahawks.

In the state semifinals the ‘Canes faced adversity against a big and powerful Milford Mills squad. Senior Quarterback Koy Greenwell led the ‘Canes in passing yards and attempts but had only completed seven out of the 20 attempts. Tailback Zayne Cawley didn’t have the best game with six carries for 22 yards, but senior running back David Bolin had one of his best of the playoffs with 11 carries for 70 yards. The defense had a fantastic outing only allowing 14 points. Donovan Powell led the team in solo tackles with two and Austin welch also led in total tackles with 15! Adam Szatanek had one sack.  Despite the valient effort put up by the ‘Canes, it wasn’t enough as Milford Mills prevailed over Huntingtown 14-7 to advance to the State Championship.

Huntingtown had a superb season although it wasn’t enough to win the state championship. Huntingtown knows they’re close as they have been to the semifinals the past 3 years. Will the Hurricanes new look squad be able to get over the hump and advance to a state championship next year? Only time will tell…  We’re betting on it!