DCW MVP: Quiet leader helps Damascus wins second consecutive state football championship

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Damascus, Md. -- Cool, calm and collected-- it's how this week's DCW MVP Markus Vinson approached our interview one week ahead of the 3-A Maryland State Football Championship between Damascus and Franklin.

It could be because Vinson's Hornets team had a 27 game winning streak heading into the game.

The demeanor was contagious. His teammates went through a scheme meeting then walked through a practice in preparation for Franklin.

Vinson was one of several seniors leading the warm ups.

"Last season was much easier for us," said Vinson. "We just blew teams out but this season we had to work much harder. I think it helps us build character especially late into games and late into the playoffs-- it helps bond us as a team."

Coaches praise Vinson for his quiet leadership on the field and in the classroom that trickles down to the players who will be leading the team next year.

"He does the right thing in practice and in the game," said Damascus head coach Eric Wallich. "He's not someone who tries to draw attention to himself it just kind of happens."

Vinson tallied about one dozen touchdown in the lead up to the championship game.

In the final seconds of the state championship, Wallich turned the ball over to Vinson to pick up a key first down, keep the ball away from Franklin and seal a 14-12 victory.

The victory sealed the school's second state championship in as many years.

It also ends Vinson high school football career. Good grades in classes like English, Anatomy and Statistics along with his skills on the field mean Vinson will be playing for the University of Richmond next year. He said he plans on focusing on defense and maybe getting onto the field a little faster than he would if he came in looking to be a receiver or running back.