Meade dumps Old Mill again

Mustangs' big plays leave the Patriots behind, 20-0

Class 4A football

High schools

November 17, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

When you don't make turnovers and then capitalize on the mistakes of your opponents with big plays, you're going to win a lot of football games.

Such is the case with Meade, which did it again to Old Mill last night in the Class 4A quarterfinals. No. 4-ranked Meade advanced to the 4A semifinals for the first time since 1995 with a 20-0 victory over No. 9 Old Mill, a team the Mustangs routed, 40-14, in regular season three weeks ago.

By winning the first playoff game Meade played host to in seven trips, the second-seeded Mustangs get to play again at home - at 7 p.m. Friday against the winner of today's Bowie-Patterson game.

Just as they did in the regular-season romp over the Patriots (8-3), who have not won a playoff game in four tries, Meade set a school record for wins (10-1), made no turnovers, and had the big plays.

A fumble recovery by Jerome Jones in the second quarter led to Meade's first touchdown, a 2-yard run by Ricky Eden, and quarterback Antwan Smith's 53-yard dash set up another before the half. Terry Adams scored on a 1-yard plunge after the Smith sprint for a 14-0 halftime lead.

An 84-yard pass from Smith to Rodney Jackson with 1:55 left in the third quarter closed the scoring at 20-0.

"That's the way we have played all year," said third-year coach Kenny Gray.

"We've only had six turnovers all year, and the last two years, we have had six turnovers in a game. Turnovers are a big element with this team. We're getting the job done together."

Last night, the first big turnover for Meade came when the Mustangs sacked Old Mill quarterback Tyler Young, with Travon Jolley forcing the fumble that Jones picked up and carried a few yards to the Patriot 22.

On fourth-and-goal at the 2, Eden crashed into the end zone for the first score, but Meade muffed the point-after attempt.

Old Mill went four downs and out on a 42-yard punt by Matt Leone that went out of bounds at the Meade 32-yard line on the ensuing possession. The Mustangs would go 68 yards in six plays, but the 53-yard sprint on the option off a fake dive by Smith to the Old Mill 15 was the key play to set up the second touchdown.

OM 0 0 0 0 - 0

M 0 14 6 0 - 20

M-Eden 2 run (run failed)

M-Adams 1 run (Eden run)

M-Jackson 84 pass from Smith (pass failed)

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