Meade lays waste to Old Mill, 40-14

Quick Mustangs leave No. 9 Patriots in ruins


October 27, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Quicker was better than bigger last night at Meade as the No. 10 Mustangs stunned No. 9 Old Mill, 40-14, in a crucial Anne Arundel County high school football game.

Speed on both sides of the ball was the difference for the hosts (7-1) in the showdown with the much bigger Patriots (6-2).

Touchdown passes of 43 and 33 yards from Antwan Smith to Rodney Jackson came between interception returns for scores by Terry Adams and Antonio Evans as the Mustangs raced to a 27-0 halftime lead.

Adams picked off a pass from Quintin Dixon at the 27 on the game's first possession and sprinted into the end zone for a 6-0 lead.

After the Patriots punted on their next try, Smith hit Jackson for his first touchdown pass and Terrance Evans ran for two points and a 14-0 lead.

The Mustangs quickly struck twice near the end of half. Jackson grabbed the 33-yard pass for the score and, after the kickoff to Old Mill, the Patriots' first play ended up as the interception by Evans for a 44-yard touchdown.

On the second play from scrimmage in the third quarter, the Mustangs let the Patriots know they would have a hard time getting back into the game as Ricky Eden dashed 80 yards for a touchdown and a 34-0 lead.

Old Mill finally got on the scoreboard as Brashaad Mayweather went in from the 1, but Eden answered with a 13-yard touchdown run for a 40-7 lead. Mayweather closed the scoring with a 5-yard scoring run with 4:02 left in the game.

The win marked the Mustangs' first over Old Mill under third-year coach Kenny Gray. Meade had won five in a row over the Patriots before Gray took over as coach in 1999.

The Meade victory came at a crucial time. Old Mill and Meade are vying for playoff berths in the Class 4A East region, along with the current leader, No. 5 Broadneck, and Carroll County's Westminster.

All four were 6-1 starting this weekend and two of the four will likely qualify, with a third team's chances rather remote.

Now late in the season, the schedule appears to favor Meade over Old Mill.

The Mustangs have Southern-Anne Arundel at home and will visit Arundel in their last regular-season game. Neither of those two had a winning record going into last night's action.

Old Mill will visit No. 2 Annapolis (7-1), the 3A East leader, next week and will then play host to a tough Glen Burnie team in its last game.

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