If Old Mill's football team was trying to get a point across with its 35-0 victory over visiting Broadneck Friday night, there's no doubt it will be well-taken.
Led by all-purpose running back William Beverly, who came into the game on the verge of breaking one county and several school records, Old Mill (8-1 overall, 5-1 against the league) maintained its standing atop Class 4A Region IV.
Old Mill has outscored its opponents, 218-58, and has won six straight games -- including a victory over last year's county champion Annapolis --since losing its league opener to Severna Park.
"We knew they (Broadneck) had played Severna Park tough last week," said Old Mill coach Pete Regala, referring to Broadneck's 10-6 loss to Severna Park. "We wanted a shutout and we wanted to put some points on the board."
In other words, the Patriots wanted to be impressive. And they were, especially Beverly.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Beverly brought 1,195 all-purpose yards into the game and was the county's top scorer, fifth-best rusher and fourth-best receiver.
Beverly had just 19 carries for 75 yards, but he scored two touchdowns -- bringing him within one touchdown of tying the county record (20) set by Arundel's Troy Turner in 1985.
Defensively, he had intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble for an 84-yard touchdown return before the game. One of his interceptions in the end zone prevented a touchdown two weeks ago against Arundel and was returned for 43 yards.
Beverly also has two school records under his belt.
With his lone catch against the Bruins -- a 12-yarder in the first half -- Beverly raised his reception yardage total to 367. That was enough to break the single-season record formerly held by Eldridge Anderson (358).
On the ground, Beverly has 161 carries for 865 yards and 13 touchdowns, enough to break the single-season rushing record of 11 touchdowns. He has caught 23 passes with four touchdowns. Anderson's single-season reception record for touchdowns is nine.
"We're on a mission," said Beverly, whose first touchdown -- a 1-yarder -- came on the Patriots' first possession and finished off a 61-yard, nine-play drive. "I'm glad I'm breaking records, but the team wants to win a state title."
Beverly recovered two fumbles in the game, including one in the fourth quarter that he returned 85 yards for the Patriots' final touchdown.
Beverly's recovery also ended a Broadneck drive at the 11-yard line -- one of just two inside the Patriots' 20-yard line.
Broadneck's other chance to score was thwarted at the Old Mill 13 with 53 seconds left in the game. That's when Old Mill's Troy Queen got his second interception of the night.
Queen also had an interception in the second quarter, which he returned 31 yards to the Broadneck 36. He tied the single-season interception school record -- five -- set by Steve Dorsey in 1983.
"I knew about the record, but I really wasn't thinking about it," said Queen. "I just wanted everybody to come out here and have a good game."
Queen also scored his second touchdown of the season in the third quarter to give the Patriots a 28-0 lead. He took a lateral from Beverly -- who had was being taken down after a short pass.
"I was coming out of the backfield and I saw that (Beverly) had a few defenders on him," said Queen. "So I said, 'throw me the ball.' " Beverly did, and Queen rambled 35 yards to give the Patriots their fourth touchdown.
Quarterback Eric Scott found junior Patriot Melvin Carter -- who had four catches for 63 yards coming into the game -- on touchdown passes of one and six yards.
His first came on the Patriots' second possession, culminating an 11-play, 68-yard drive.
"It's the first time I've scored twice in a game," said Carter. "But the most important thing is that we didn't want them to score."
Broadneck's record fell to 2-7 with the loss.