Old Mill converts Northeast miscues into a 13-0 victory

Eagles' fumbles give No. 9 Patriots advantage

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Football

October 14, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The No. 9-ranked Old Mill football team scored a pair of second-half touchdowns yesterday on homecoming to outlast Northeast, 13-0, in a defensive battle at Bob Golliday Memorial Field in Millersville.

Both teams played without key starters and had less than 40 yards of net offense each in a scoreless first half. The Patriots (5-1) prevailed with defense and the punting of junior Matt Leone to take advantage of good field position in the last 24 minutes.

Northeast went to third-string quarterback Chris Dyke after senior starter C.J. Spoone quit the team this week and sophomore backup Chad Alvey missed school Friday.

"We opened the quarterback position up on Monday. ... With Alvey out of school sick on Friday, Chris [Dyke] had to step in and we had to change a whole lot of things in just one day of practice," said coach Mike Cotham.

The Patriots played without their leading ball carrier and scorer, Brashaad Mayweather (709 yards, 11 touchdowns), who was suspended from school this week.

Junior tailback Jerome Whitfield filled in admirably and did not commit a turnover. Held to just 19 yards on seven carries in the first half, Whitfield got the call on all 15 second-half running plays by the Patriots and gained 65 yards.

Senior defensive lineman Kevin Kirby recovered a fumble on a botched reverse at the Northeast 20 early in the second half to set up a 16-yard touchdown burst by Whitfield. Brit Lilly booted the extra-point and Old Mill took a 7-0 lead.

Northeast (4-2) got a 45-yard return on the ensuing kickoff by Johnny Johnson and drove 30 yards to the Old Mill 16. On fourth-and-nine, Dyke's pass into the left corner of the end zone, intended for Wilson Russell, was picked off by junior Tyler Young. Young would pick off another pass in the final seconds.

After Young's interception for a touchback, the Patriots drove to midfield on eight straight carries by Whitfield and punted on fourth-and-one. Leone, who averaged 32.7 yards on six punts, hit his longest of the day, a 43-yarder to the Northeast 7.

The Eagles failed to get out of the hole, and a 33-yard punt by Paul Lutz gave the Patriots good field position at the Eagles' 48. A clipping penalty would force another Leone punt, this one 31 yards to Silas Arce, who fumbled with the Patriots' Stew Dirtion recovering at the Eagles' 25 with 8:55 left in the game.

On fourth-and-12 from the 27, quarterback Quintin Dixon (7-for-17, 61 yards) hit Demetrius Harrison (five catches, 53 yards) down the right sideline for a touchdown. It was a rare breakdown for the Northeast secondary that played well all afternoon.

The Eagles' defensive line, led by John Thompson, Mike Kooser and Eric Aschenback, sacked Dixon three times for minus-22 yards in the first half.

"Defensively we couldn't ask for much more," said Cotham, whose team was coming off a 7-0 loss to Southern. "They [defense] gave us chances to win the game. It's heartbreaking to go two weeks in a row and not score a point."

No. 4 Gilman 37, Calvert Hall 14: Ambrose Wooden rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, threw for another touchdown and even completed a pass to himself to lead the fourth-ranked Greyhounds over the Cardinals before a homecoming crowd of more than 2,000 at Roland Park.

Gilman improved to 4-3 overall, 2-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. Calvert Hall fell to 3-3, 1-2.

Wooden, who was taken out after Gilman's first series in the third quarter, opened with a 74-yard touchdown on an option keeper to the right side on the game's fourth play from scrimmage.

"We came out here inspired," said Wooden, who finished 5-for-11 for 62 yards and a touchdown passing, but lost 6 yards on his reception.

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