Pa­tri­ots stun in 15-14 vic­tory

No. 4 Old Mill edges No. 5 An­napo­lis, fin­ishes regular sea­son with 10-0 mark

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Bob Hough

It was look­ing like it just wasn’t go­ing to be Old Mill’s night Fri­day.

But af­ter watch­ing drive af­ter drive stall in their meet­ing with An­napo­lis, the No. 4 Pa­tri­ots scored 15 points in the fi­nal 13:17and stunned the No. 5 Pan­thers, 15-14, in the first game in Anne Arun­del County be­tween 9-0 teams in at least 42 years.

Blaise Fisher hit Ja­cori Can­non for a 56-yard touch­down pass with 3:17 left and Brian Mor­ris’ ex­tra point made the dif­fer­ence in Old Mill’s 28th straight reg­u­larsea­son vic­tory.

Old Mill (10-0) won its sec­ond straight county cham­pi­onship, clinched the top seed in the Class 4A East play­offs and will host a first-round play­off game Fri­day, most likely against Broad­neck.

The of­fi­cial fi­nal point stand­ings and play­off sched­ule will be an­nounced Sun­day af­ter a seed­ing meet­ing.

The Pa­tri­ots are the third team in as many sea­sons that fin­ished un­beaten dur­ing the regular sea­son. The teams that went un­beaten in the regular sea­son the past two years failed to make it out of the re­gion.

“I al­ways talk about how there are so Old Mill’s Aaron Daw­son cel­e­brates with his team­mates af­ter de­feat­ing An­napo­lis. The Pa­tri­ots won their sec­ond straight county crown and will host a play­off game Fri­day. many ways to win a foot­ball game,” Old Mill coach Chad McCormick said. “We had some big op­por­tu­ni­ties that came up in the spe­cial teams area that cat­a­pulted us.”

The Pa­tri­ots trailed 14-0 late in the third quar­ter and turned the ball over when Daquan Dick­ens in­ter­cepted Fisher at the An­napo­lis 37. Af­ter the Pan­thers failed to get a first down, they lined up to punt, but the snap sailed over the head of Carl Tucker and near the goal line. Tucker wisely kicked the ball out of the end zone for a safety that made the score 14-2 with 1:17 left in the third.

The Pa­tri­ots weren’t able to take ad­van­tage of the good field po­si­tion af­ter the free kick and turned the ball over on downs early in the fourth.

Justin Wil­liams hit Trey Gross for a 31-yard gain to the Old Mill 45, but the Pa­tri­ots forced a fum­ble and Can­non re­cov­ered to give the Pa­tri­ots new life.

Four straight Old Mill in­com­ple­tions turned the ball back over to the Pan­thers, who once again were forced to punt. The snap again sailed over the head of Tucker, and the Pa­tri­ots took over at the An­napo­lis 17. Sirus Gay ran for 15 yards to the 2, then punched the ball in the next play to cut the lead to 14-8 with 7:39 left.

“We do a lot in our prac­tices for dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios that could arise,” McCormick said. “Credit to our guys for un­der­stand­ing how to stay mind-fo­cused in a game.”

An­napo­lis moved to the Old Mill 38 on its next pos­ses­sion and de­cided to go for a first down on a fourth-and-8 from the Old Mill 38, but Aaron Daw­son came from the blind side and sacked Wil­liams to turn the ball over to the Pa­tri­ots with 4:31 to go.

Af­ter a pair of runs, Fisher found Can­non streak­ing down the mid­dle of the field for the ty­ing score, fol­lowed by Mor­ris’ de­cid­ing ex­tra point.


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