Milford Mill gets point across Bazemore helps unbeaten Millers stop Woodlawn, 36-28, for division lead

October 19, 1997|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Though one of eight unbeaten teams in the area, Milford Mill coach Reggie Brooks had said his team hasn't gotten the recognition it deserves, especially in Baltimore County.

"Everyone thinks we're the little boys of the 1A-2A," said Brooks, whose team switched to the county's 3A-4A division this season.

Milford Mill can't be called that any longer.

In a battle of unbeatens yesterday, the No. 12 Millers claimed sole possession of first place in the 3A-4A division, defeating host and No. 9 Woodlawn, 36-28.

Senior tailback David Bazemore's 1-yard touchdown run with 7: 33 remaining in the game broke a 28-28 tie. David Boyd secured the victory, recovering a fumble by Woodlawn's Tavon Mason with less than a minute left, sparking some Milford Mill fans to run onto the field to celebrate with the players as time expired.

"We were very confident coming in," said Milford Mill sophomore quarterback Richard Johnson, whose team improved to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the league. "We just had to show it on the field and do it with our quickness instead of our mouths."

There was much talk during the past week between the schools surrounding the game, which was for bragging rights of the Liberty Road corridor.

But it was Milford Mill's play on the field that settled things.

Bazemore, a cousin of Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders, rushed for 204 yards and three touchdowns. Boyd caught a touchdown pass and returned a fumble 30 yards for another score. Kenny Pompey had an interception leading to the game-winning score, and Adonis Johnson recovered a pair of fumbles.

Mason, rated one of the top players on the East Coast by the National Recruiting Advisor, had 184 yards rushing (195 all-purpose) and two touchdowns but three of Woodlawn's eight fumbles. Five of those fumbles were recovered by Milford Mill.

Mason gave Woodlawn its only lead at 21-20 with 7: 36 left in the third on a 11-yard touchdown run, completing an eight-play, 67-yard drive to start the second half. It took only two minutes before the Millers had the lead back as Bazemore bounced off a tackler and shot down the right sideline for a 23-yard score.

The Warriors quickly matched that when Sean Tilly (59 yards) went up the middle for a 31-yard score, tying the game at 28 with 3: 30 remaining in the third quarter.

In the fourth, Woodlawn was at the Millers' 27 and driving, but Pompey stepped in front of a Mikel Plummer pass and returned it to the Warriors' 41. Six plays later, Bazemore was in the end zone.

"We underestimated them, that's the bottom line," said Woodlawn coach Brian Scriven. "We had just as many opportunities as Milford Mill, but it showed that they wanted it more than us."

The Millers built a 14-0 first-quarter lead on a 33-yard run by Bazemore and a 1-yard sneak by Richard Johnson, which was set up by a 35-yard pass from Johnson to Boyd.

Woodlawn's first score was set up when Mason tipped the ball into the hands of teammate Reggie Danage (61 yards rushing) for an interception. After taking over on offense, Mason raced 49 yards down the right sideline to make it 14-6 with 11: 16 remaining in the half.

On Woodlawn's next possession, Plummer was hit from his blind side by Muhammad Howard and Boyd scooped up the ball and went 30 yards for a touchdown and a 20-6 lead.

"We knew this was going to be a tough game," said Brooks, whose team could move into first in the 3A North region. "We didn't make any changes in our game plan, and we stepped it up and took it from there."

No. 13 Eastern Tech 42, Parkville 18: Junior Ray Jones had 10 carries for 180 yards and four touchdowns to lead the visiting Mavericks (6-1) to a victory over the Knights (2-5). Sophomore Steven Lawston had three receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown while his brother Anthony had two catches for 80 yards and a touchdown for Eastern Tech. Mavericks senior Brian Nagel was 6-for-15 passing for 183 yards and two touchdowns.

Pub Date: 10/19/97

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