Malcolm Gillian scored three goals and had two assists, as Oakland Mills (14-2) defeated Franklin, 6-0, yesterday at Old Mill High School to win the state Class 3A boys soccer title.
It was Oakland Mills' third state title in five years under coach Don Shea.
Shea's father, Dennis, died Thursday in Pittsburgh, and Shea flew back from Pittsburgh yesterday morning for the game.
The bus which was to take Oakland Mills to the game, broke down in Laurel, leaving the Scorpions 30 minutes behind schedule.
"We started out flat, as I was afraid we might," Shea said.
But in the 22nd minute, Lopaka Trout scored 5 yards out off a cross from Gillian.
Gillian converted a penalty kick in the 25th minute, and it was suddenly a runaway for Oakland Mills.
"We played well for 20 minutes," Franklin coach Bob Herring said. "We've never been more than one goal behind, and it was pretty hard to play catch-up. If we had scored early, it might have been different. We had our chances."
Clint Peay scored for Oakland Mills in the 33rd minute from 18 yards out off a pass from Gillian.
Oakland Mills added a fourth goal before halftime. Jay Holmes banged in a shot from a yard out off an assist from Peay.
Franklin (11-2) played only a three-man defensive backfield, and Shea thought that was Franklin's downfall.
Peay, who had a goal and two assists, agreed. "You have to have that extra man in the back for support. What they did was suicidal," he said.
Gillian, who scored his 17th and 18th goals of the year in the second half, couldn't believe Franklin didn't play a sweeper. "It left them with no support, and scoring was just like taking candy from a baby," Gillian said.
Oakland Mills outshot Franklin, 20-5, and used its second team during parts of both halves.
"They subbed, and I didn't see much difference," Herring said. "They had speed, size and skills and few weaknesses. We especially got hurt at the top of the box in the middle."
It was Oakland Mills' 11th shut-out this year.