ANNAPOLIS B — ANNAPOLIS -- Coach Pete Regala may not be able to take much more, but his Old Mill football team is showing that it has just enough to win in this most even of Anne Arundel County 4A seasons.
Last week, Old Mill waited until the last nine minutes to score all 24 of its points in a victory over Arundel.
Last night, the Patriots rallied for 16 points in the last 5 minutes, 23 seconds -- plus three downs in overtime -- for a 22-14 victory over Annapolis.
On his third straight carry in overtime, Harold Peters ran 1 yard over left guard for the touchdown and kick-holder Tim Newby hauled down a high center-snap to skirt right end for two more points.
Then, Eric Sheppard intercepted Juan Johnson's pass to MariDominick on the Panthers' second play in overtime. And that capped an improbable comeback for Old Mill, which trailed, 14-6, until Sheppard picked off Johnson and ran 74 yards to score with 5:23 left in regulation.
Peters piled over behind Mike Mahoney's block for thtwo-pointer that tied it at 14-14.
"This just shows, again, that we can come back under adversity. We have a good ballclub, which is something people don't give us credit for," Regala said. "I think we'll show people even more."
Co-No. 7 Old Mill (6-1, 7-1) opened a one-game lead in the Anne Arundel County 4A League race with two games left, but not before surviving a last-minute drive of 73 yards on four plays by Annapolis (5-2, 5-3). Mike Selby ran twice for 62 yards, as the Panthers moved to the Patriots' 2-yard line with 30 seconds to go in regulation.
There, on second down, Annapolis kicker Clint Wilson's 21-yard field-goal attempt was wide right. Panthers coach Roy Brown later defended the call that Regala called "really surprising."
"There were no timeouts left, and we didn't want to put the ball up," Brown said. "It was just an extra point as it is, but these things happen. These are high school kids.
"It was a great effort by our defense the whole game, but Old Mill made some big plays. That's the way it happens. Sometimes the best team doesn't win."
Among the big Patriots plays were Steve Oliver's 34- and 28-yard field goals that kept the winners within 7-6 at halftime. Oliver's seventh and eight three-pointers of the season, which extend his county record, came after Johnson's 11-yard touchdown pass to Matt Criscimagna on Annapolis' third play of the game.
The score was set up by Kevin Belt's 59-yard punt return after taking a handoff from receiver Shawn Cole.
Annapolis moved on top, 14-6, one play after Oliver fumbled the center-snap in punt position and was tackled by Dan Flynn at the Patriots' 4. Belt ran the ball in from there.