Old Mill self-destructs against Annapolis, 40-13 Five Patriots turnovers become TDs for Panthers

November 01, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Old Mill was dressed as a playoff contender on Halloween night, but the Patriots got tricked by the goblins of visiting, No. 2-ranked Annapolis.

Annapolis needed no costumes, except for their white and maroon uniforms, to remain unbeaten with a 40-13 victory over Old Mill in Millersville.

Annapolis (9-0, 6-0) clinched a playoff berth and the Class 4A East region title and will host a quarterfinal game in two weeks as one of the state's top four seeds.

The Panthers pretty much won the game in the first half, building a 21-0 lead.

Old Mill scored on the second half's initial drive, but then committed its fifth turnover -- all five led to Annapolis touchdowns -- and the Patriots never got back together.

Down lineman Mike Donlin's 60-yard interception return set up a 17-yard touchdown run by Curtis Jones to spark a 19-point fourth period by Annapolis.

All of the Panthers' 21 first-half points came in the second period, with quarterback Peter Ludlam (4-for-7, 61 yards) tossing his 14th and 15th touchdown passes of the season to S.J. Womack from 9 and 14 yards out.

"We definitely did not think it would be this easy," said Ludlam.

Jones ran 6 yards untouched inside for the other second-period touchdown, and Ray Pack kicked all three extra points.

Albert Creek, who led all rushers with 134 yards on 15 attempts, went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season with 105 yards on 11 carries in the first half. He now has 1,032 yards in nine games.

Annapolis' region title is its first since 1989, coach Roy Brown's rookie season.

A win next week at home over Severna Park will give the Panthers their first Anne Arundel County Class 4A championship since 1992, their last playoff appearance.

"It feels great, " said Foote. "Everybody has their grades up, are focused and together. We can win a state championship."

Old Mill (6-3, 4-2) scored its touchdowns on a 3-yard run by Toney Twitty and a 24-yard pass from Craig Hall to Brandon White.

No. 5 Hereford 62, Patapsco 0: Jason Murphy and Jason Wingeart combined for five touchdowns and 270 yards rushing on just 11 carries as the Bulls (9-0) scored their sixth shutout of the year against the Patriots (4-5). With one game left, Hereford set a new state record for points in a season with 448, breaking the 1973 mark of 411 set by Smithsburg.

No. 8 Poly 29, Mervo: Lonnie Williams had 136 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries as the host Engineers (7-2) shut out the Mustangs.

No. 9 Woodlawn 47, Catonsville 0: Tavon Mason racked up 313 all-purpose yards, including 143 yards rushing and three touchdowns, to help the Warriors (8-1) shut out the Comets (4-5). Reggie Danage added 174 yards and two touchdowns.

No. 11 Broadneck 42, Southern-AA: Jonas Weatherbie was 13-for-18 for 352 yards and four touchdowns, both school records, as the host Bruins (8-2) defeated the Bulldogs.

No. 15 Aberdeen 38, Fallston 8: E.J. Henderson had 13 carries for 145 yards with four touchdowns to lead the Eagles (8-1) over the visiting Cougars (2-7). Stephon Watson had a 52-yard touchdown return and an interception for Aberdeen.

Meade 47, Glen Burnie 7: Meade's Tanardo Sharps ran for 283 yards and four touchdowns, setting two records. His four touchdowns make 39 for his career, eclipsing Kenny Walker's school record of 37, set in 1990-93. Sharps also snapped Walker's Anne Arundel County career record for rushing (3,360 yards) and has 3,456 with one game left.

Randallstown 39, Lansdowne 6: T.J. Stallings ran for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries as the Rams (7-2) dropped the host Vikings (5-4).

John Carroll 46, Gibbons 20: With his 29-yard field goal, Patriots senior kicker Scott Collins set a metro-area record for most field goals in a season with 10.

Forest Park 48, Southern 22: Running back Tamah McCray had 14 carries for 226 yards and four touchdowns as Obie Barnes earned his 100th victory as Forester coach.

Pub Date: 11/01/97

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