‘Ground and pound’ pow­ers Pa­tri­ots’ win

Gay rushes for 214 yards, 4 TDs as Old Mill erases early deficit, stays un­beaten

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Bob Hough

Old Mill didn’t pull out any sur­prises when it faced Arun­del on Fri­day night. The Pa­tri­ots made it clear they were go­ing to run the ball, and they did so ef­fec­tively.

Sirus Gay ran for 214 yards on 33 car­ries and scored four touch­downs to lead No. 5 Old Mill to a 42-21 vic­tory over No. 14 Arun­del.

Old Mill (4-0) won its 22nd straight game in the reg­u­lar sea­son since fall­ing to the Wild­cats on Sept. 12, 2014.

Gay, run­ning pri­mar­ily up the mid­dle, scored on three 1-yard runs and added a late 73-yard carry that put the game away for the Pa­tri­ots, who rushed for 284 yards.

“Ground and pound,” Gay said. “[The of­fen­sive line] get the blocks, and I need to make it hap­pen for them.”

The Pa­tri­ots scored all six of their touch­downs on the ground, with Blaise Fisher scor­ing from a yard out and Tynell Teasley ad­ding a 3-yard score.

“I had a pretty high re­spect for their sec­ondary, so I wanted to see if we could run the ball early on,” Old Mill coach Chad McCormick said. “We were able to, and that was a great job by our front five and our full­backs and tight ends get­ting hats on hats and block­ing all night.”

Arun­del (3-1) took a short-lived 7-6 lead late in the first quar­ter, but the Pa­tri­ots scored the next 29 points and took a com­mand­ing 35-7 lead mid­way through the third quar­ter.

“I was hop­ing we could run the ball, and we were ef­fec­tive,” McCormick said. “We sput­tered a lit­tle bit in the sec­ond half and put our de­fense in some spots, but over­all those guys played really well.”

Trail­ing 28-7 late in the first half, Arun­del drove deep into Old Mill ter­ri­tory and was poised to cut into the lead head­ing to half­time, plus the Wild­cats were set to get the sec­ond-half kick. Af­ter a com­ple­tion to Tim Cole, Old Mill’s Ma­lik Mat­tox re­cov­ered a fum­ble and the Pa­tri­ots took a knee on their en­su­ing pos­ses­sion and went into half­time still with the three-touch­down lead.

“I was really ex­cited about that be­cause Arun­del was go­ing to have back-to-back pos­ses­sions,” McCormick said. “It could have eas­ily turned into 28-21a few min­utes into the third quar­ter, so that was ab­so­lutely huge.”

Af­ter the Pa­tri­ots added to their lead early in the sec­ond half, Arun­del cut into its deficit when Ryan Sedg­wick hit Chris­tian Thorn­ton for a 20-yard score that made it 35-14 late in the third. But af­ter driv­ing deep into Old Mill ter­ri­tory on its next pos­ses­sion, Ja­mal Boadu sacked Sedg­wick on fourth down to end the threat.

Gay scored on the 73-yard run on Old Mill’s next pos­ses­sion to push the ad­van­tage back to 21.

“This was two un­de­feated teams that are try­ing to go on that state cham­pi­onship run,” Gay said. “Ev­ery­body said we lost a lot of se­niors so we weren’t go­ing to be as good as past years, so tonight was a state­ment game.”

Af­ter the Arun­del touch­down late in the first quar­ter, Old Mill kept the Wild­cats off the score­board for 25:07. In ad­di­tion to the late Arun­del turnover in the first half, the Pa­tri­ots forced a pair of punts.

“One of our strengths is go­ing to be our big de­fen­sive front, and that was one of our keys go­ing into this game,” McCormick said. “We needed to get some pres­sure and dis­rupt some of their pass­ing game, and I think we did a good job of that.”

Sedg­wick threw for 236 yards and three touch­downs for Arun­del, which will face An­napo­lis next week.

PAUL W. GILLE­SPIE/ BAL­TI­MORE SUN ME­DIA GROUP

The Pa­tri­ots’ Sirus Gay finds a hole and runs for 9 yards and a first down in the first quar­ter. “Ev­ery­body said we lost a lot of se­niors so we weren’t go­ing to be as good as past years, so tonight was a state­ment game,” Gay said of Old Mill’s vic­tory over Arun­del.

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