Old Mill in playoffs with 34-13 victory

No. 8 Patriots earn berth with rout of Glen Burnie


High Schools

November 10, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Old Mill football coach Mike Marcus had two major worries going into last night's game with Glen Burnie in Millersville.

First, the Patriots' coach was worried about the best Glen Burnie football team in more than a decade. Second, he was concerned about his team's overconfidence in their must-win situation.

No. 8 Old Mill needed a victory to earn its third straight Class 4A playoff berth. Marcus' players delivered with a 34-13 victory over the Gophers.

"They said, `Coach don't worry about tonight, it's in the bag,' " Marcus said.

"They were talking about wearing their white jerseys next week in the playoffs and talking about the playoffs. I said we've got to get by Glen Burnie first."

The Patriots (8-2) did so against the Gophers (6-4) and their talented quarterback, Keith Williams, by taking charge early.

Old Mill scored on its initial possession on a 23-yard touchdown run by Brashaad Mayweather for a 7-0 lead. Mayweather would go on to rush for 144 of his game-high 183 yards in the first half as the Patriots jumped out to a 21-6 lead at intermission.

Quarterback Tyler Young tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Darnell Dixon and Kerry Blake rambled 13 yards for Old Mill's other first-half scores.

Glen Burnie managed only a 32-yard touchdown pass from Williams to James Butler in the first 24 minutes. Williams is only the second Anne Arundel County quarterback to run and pass for 1,000 yards, matching Arundel's Louis Carter, who did it in 1970 before playing at Maryland and in the NFL.

Williams was held to just 52 yards rushing before coming out in the third quarter.

"Our defense was up to it tonight," Marcus said. "Williams played against an athletic defense for the first time" to contain him. "They haven't seen that this year."

While Old Mill's defense did contain Williams, its offense put up two more touchdowns in the third quarter to put the Gophers away.

Blake scored on a 6-yard burst and Mayweather got his 19th touchdown of the season on an 11-yard dash.

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