Johnson does it all as Milford Mill rips Randallstown

QB's 359 all-purpose yards spark Millers' 48-31 win

November 07, 1999|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,SUN STAFF

Yesterday's Milford Mill-Randallstown game may or may not have established who the best team is in Baltimore County, but it certainly left no doubt who "The Man" is.

That distinction unquestionably belongs to Millers senior quarterback Richard Johnson.

Johnson rushed for three touchdowns, passed for two others and returned a kickoff 86 yards for a score to lead host and third-ranked Milford Mill to a 48-31 victory over the second-ranked Rams.

Johnson, who is considering scholarship offers from Florida State, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Purdue and Maryland, finished with 359 all-purpose yards.

He rushed for 148 yards on 11 carries and completed eight of 15 passes for 125 yards. Johnson, who also plays cornerback, recovered a fumble as well.

"This is one of my best games, but our whole team had a lot of intensity. We stepped up to the plate, met the challenge and did our job," Johnson said.

With the win, the Millers (10-0, 9-0) won the Baltimore County 3A-4A League title and the Class 3A, North Region crown.

Randallstown (8-2, 8-1), however, will not have to wait long for a rematch.

Second-seeded Milford Mill and the seventh-seeded Rams are tentatively scheduled to meet in a Class 3A playoff quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Friday at Catonsville Community College. Playoff matchups will be officially announced today.

Rams coach Anthony Knox expressed frustration after the loss, and he'll probably be even more frustrated when he sees the statistics.

Randallstown rushed for 285 yards -- led by Jabari Savage (95 yards on 10 carries) -- and out-gained the Millers in total offense, 396-284.

Turnovers, however, did in the Rams. Randallstown may have overcome its three fumbles and two interceptions against some teams, but not against a team with Johnson leading the offense.

The Millers scored 26 points off four Rams turnovers, transforming a 17-8 deficit midway through the second quarter into a 42-17 lead after three quarters.

The momentum shifted after the first Randallstown miscue. The Rams, leading 17-8, had limited the Millers to 59 yards on four possessions and had just forced them to punt for the third time.

On the punt, the ball bounced off the leg of Randallstown's Darryl Smith, who was trying to move away from it, and Milford Mill's Morgan Pinkney recovered at the Rams' 41.

Six plays later, Johnson connected with Brandon Thompson on a 23-yard touchdown pass to pull the Millers to 17-14.

Randallstown quarterback Archie Trader fumbled on the first play of the ensuing possession, and Pinkney again recovered it, at the Randallstown 28.

On fourth-and-goal at the 14, Johnson found Dayron Arnold in the end zone to give Milford Mill a 20-17 lead just before halftime on a pass deflected off Randallstown's Terry Wilson and right into Arnold's hands.

"The ball just didn't bounce our way today," Knox said. "After that punt, everything just snow-balled downhill."

Milford Mill wasted little time extending its advantage in the second half, as Johnson tiptoed down the sideline 64 yards for a touchdown 1: 13 into the third quarter.

Before the quarter was over, the Millers scored two more touchdowns on a 58-yard run by Johnson and a 4-yard run by Jason Price.

Johnson's 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter concluded his one-man highlights show.

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