With its defense back in top form after last week's collapse in the second half at Severna Park, Old Mill shut down visiting Annapolis, 28-0, in last night's key Anne Arundel County 4A League game.
The 18th-ranked Patriots (3-1 overall, 1-1 league) earned their first victory over No. 14 Annapolis (1-1, 1-3) since 1983 by holding the Panthers to 135 total yards -- including 40 on the last, meaningless possession of the game -- and nine first downs.
They sacked quarterback Darryl Foote four times, recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass.
"Now you can mention us in the same breath [with Annapolis]," Patriots coach Pete Regala said. "We had a lot to prove after last week. We were out to prove that we were better, and this is a good start."
"The name of the game is to shut them out -- and we deserved this win tonight," Regala said. "The kids played a hell of a game."
Said defensive tackle Taray Rollins, "They came in here tonight and we took them. This is a big win for us, because it keeps us up in the standings."
With both Severna Park and Annapolis out of the way, Old Mill's playoff prospects do seem bright. "But we're not going to take anybody lightly," Rollins said.
Regala added, "It's a good start, but we can't let down from here."
Old Mill got all of the points it would need with a seven-play, 48-yard drive on its second possession. After William Beverly (20 carries, 98 yards) and Harold Peters alternated in carrying to the Panthers' 2, Beverly sliced over right guard to score with 34 seconds left in the first period.
Old Mill led 6-0 at halftime, then struck again after Rufus Beard intercepted Foote's first pass of the second half. Beverly carried 15 yards to the Panthers' 4, setting up Peters' burst over guard for the score.
Beverly's 34-yard pass to Melvin Carter on the halfback option preceded his 2-yard touchdown run with 5 minutes, 37 seconds left in the game.
Old Mill scored again less than two minutes later when Dackren Coleman stripped Monti Coleman of the ball, and Carter burst 10 yards into the end zone.
"The last two touchdowns we gave to them, but their defense was the difference," said Annapolis coach Roy Brown. "We're closer to them than this, but they were better tonight."