Dundalk High School’s football team is in the state’s final four after a tight quarterfinals game against Urbana, which ended with a sharp turnaround for the undefeated Owls.

The quarterfinals game on Friday started out with the closely-matched teams holding each other off, with a halftime score of 0-0.

But things started looking up for Urbana’s eighth-seed Hawks at the start of the second half, with an over 70-yard touchdown pass to Hawks wide receiver Ezekiel Avit from quarterback Keegan Johnson.

And another Hawks touchdown pass brought them to 15-0 by the end of the third quarter.

But the Owls recovered in a tense fourth quarter, first making two touchdowns then bringing the score to 20-15, with the Owls in the lead, with a 45-yard catch and run conversion by Owls wide receiver Marcus Nicholson.

And thus, the Owls are headed to state semifinals.

They will be playing the fifth-seeded (in the statewide tournament) Arundel Wildcats at Dundalk High School on Friday night in the state semifinals.

Along with Arundel, the Owls are joining Mergenthaler Vo-Tech and Sherwood in the state semifinals. Those teams are playing each other the same night.