Old Mill completes win over N. County

24-18 victory gives Pats edge in playoff race

Collins runs for 276 yards

October 24, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Several individual records took a back seat to crucial Class 4A East team records in Millersville last night as Old Mill edged North County, 24-18, in the completion of Friday night's suspended game.

Old Mill junior Kelvin Collins broke the single-season school rushing record on the game-winning drive and scored the decisive touchdown from 3 yards out with 1: 32 left.

Collins, who ran 46 times for a school-record 276 yards and three touchdowns, moved to defensive back late in the game and batted away a potential game-winning touchdown in the end zone with 33 seconds left.

It was Old Mill's sixth straight win and fourth in a row over North County (6-2) as the Patriots (6-2) jumped from fifth place in the region to second behind Severna Park (7-1).

Seeking their first playoff berth since 1991, the Patriots passed the Knights (62-61 playoff points), who were second in the region, along with Westminster and C. M. Wright. The latter two also lost this weekend and are now 5-3 each.

Leading pass receiver and standout defensive back Jason Galloway was lost to a knee injury in the first minute of the last period. Patriots' coach Mike Marcus put Collins in the secondary for the first time in six weeks and he came through big time.

"We saw a mismatch and decided to get Kelvin in there," said Marcus. "He's a go-to guy."

Two lightning delays halted action Friday night with 7: 28 left in the third period and Old Mill leading, 14-6. The host Patriots got a 37-yard field goal from Seth Keil on last night's first possession and took the 17-6 lead into the final 12 minutes.

North County junior Mike Pfisterer, who became the school's sixth 2,000-yard passer for a season with 208 yards last night, hit Dave Bush with a 21-yard scoring pass to cut the deficit to 17-12 with 9: 52 left.

Pfisterer connected with Nat Randall on a 19-yard score to cut the lead to 18-17 with 6: 42 left, but the conversion run failed. Pfisterer's touchdown pass to Randall was the school-record 40th of his career.

Old Mill then drove 80 yards in 11 plays, with Collins getting the call eight times for 53 yards including the game winner.

"We wanted it more than you think," said Collins. "I felt like I had to step up and do my job."

Collins now owns school season-records for total touchdowns (22), rushing touchdowns (21), and rushing yards (1,312). He broke the record 1,307 yards by 1978 All-Metro back David Taylor.

Old Mill took a 14-0 lead in the first half Friday as Collins carried 25 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns.

North County got on the board with 46 seconds left in the first half on Pfisterer's 14-yard touchdown pass to Dave Bush, but the point-after missed.

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