For the third straight game, Old Mill got a field goal from Steve Oliver. The No. 8 Patriots also developed some offense to complement their senior All-Anne Arundel County kicker.
Old Mill (6-1, 5-1), boosted by a break that changed the game's complexion, did all its scoring in the last 8 minutes, 39 seconds to rally past visiting Arundel (3-3, 3-4), 24-7, yesterday.
The Patriots trailed by 7-0 (and had only two field goals by Oliver to show for 11-plus quarters) when they mounted an 11-play, 80-yard drive to tie the game on Harold Peters' 3-yard run and Oliver's kick conversion with 8:39 left.
On first down after the kickoff came the play that would eventually end Arundel's winning streak at three games.
Quarterback George Epps (7-for-10, 122 yards) looped a swing pass to halfback Desi Lomax, who juggled the high toss above his head. The ball fell behind him, and Lomax walked away from the apparent incompletion.
But no whistle sounded, and Old Mill linebacker Mark Procaccini fell on what was ruled a backward pass at Arundel's 16.
Procaccini, a sophomore who has played sparingly this year, said he was not waiting for a whistle.
"My first reaction was that it was a pitch and a fumble. I just went for the ball," he said. "To make a play like that feels pretty good. Actually, it feels really good."