No. 11 Old Mill outlasts No. 2 Annapolis, 20-14

Blake's 8-yard TD run with 1:34 left wins it

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November 03, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Old Mill scored the last touchdown in a furious fourth quarter and held on for a 20-14 upset of No. 2 Annapolis last night.

Four of the game's five touchdowns were scored in the final period, with three of them coming in the last four minutes. Kerry Blake bulled his way for visiting Old Mill's two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the game-winner coming from 8 yards out with 1:34 remaining.

Senior defensive back Isaac Land picked off two Annapolis passes in the final quarter, the second one inside the 5 to end the game. It was the sixth turnover for the Panthers.

The first Annapolis turnover, in the opening minutes of the game, gave Old Mill a 6-0 lead that held up until the last 12 minutes.

The victory proved significant for No. 11 Old Mill (7-2) because it was worth 14 playoff points and vaulted the Patriots back into the Class 4A East Regional playoff race with No. 5 Meade, No. 6 Broadneck and Westminster. It's conceivable that three teams from that region could qualify for the postseason.

Old Mill received seven points for defeating Annapolis (7-2), which came into the game leading the 3A East, and the Panthers' seven wins provided additional points for the Patriots.

Old Mill was in a must-win situation.

"This was big because of the points," said Old Mill coach Mike Marcus. "This puts us in the hunt, but we've got to win next week [at home vs. Glen Burnie]."

The Panthers' Eric Venerable rushed for 154 yards on 25 carries, but the Old Mill defense kept him off the scoreboard.

"We told our kids this week, `Let's make them dig down deep in their playbook where all the dust is,' " said Marcus, referring to the Panthers' run-oriented wing-T offense.

Annapolis quarterback Davon Watkins, who scored on a 32-yard run with 9:40 left to bring his team within 14-6, had thrown the ball just 18 times in eight games before last night. Watkins threw only one pass in the first half, but completed five of seven in the waning moments.

"They took away our stuff and we had to do some things we haven't done all year," said Annapolis coach Roy Brown.

Watkins' passing drove the Panthers down to the Old Mill 31 with 30 seconds left, but his last pass to Darren Johnson, who had scored the other Annapolis touchdown with 3:53 left, was picked off by Land.

"Those two interceptions were my biggest of the year because we knew we had to have a `W,' " said Land, who has six interceptions.

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