Thanks mostly to a defense that gave Meade only one medium-length drive in each half, Old Mill is the only unbeaten football team in Anne Arundel County.
The third-ranked Patriots (3-0, 4-0) spotted visiting and No. 18 Meade (1-2, 2-2) an early 7-3 lead, then stifled running back Kenny Walker and company en route to a 22-7 victory.
"You've got to be proud of our 'D.' To only give up seven points [Meade had averaged 25.3] to an outstanding team is just great," said Patriots coach Pete Regala.
"Our defense is designed to bend a little bit, but not break. Maybe we broke a little in the beginning, but just a little," Regala said. "Four-and-O. What can you say?"
Actually, the final score belied a first half that could not have been much more even. Old Mill had four more rushing yards (99-95), but each team completed one pass for 16 yards and each had five first downs.
Walker of Meade and Harold Peters of Old Mill each had 68 yards by halftime, Peters on one more carry (11). And each team needed eight plays to score on its first possession.
The difference in the half -- and ultimately in the game -- was that Old Mill needed only two downs to score after Rufus Beard recovered Harold Clark's fumble at the Meade 47.
Rocky McMillan ran a draw 32 yards to the Mustangs' 15, then Peters (16 carries, 91 yards) went the rest of the way on a burst through tackle.
Steve Oliver's point-after opened a 10-7 lead. Beard, who would cap his evening with a 50-yard punt return to score, intercepted Meade's John Oxendine to end another Mustang opportunity and the losers never really threatened again.
"We didn't do what we wanted to do. It's a tough loss, because we stopped ourselves out there," said Meade coach Hayse Henderson, who pointed to the fumble and the interception as key turning points.