Sev. Park surprises Old Mill, wins, 12-6

Miller scores two TDs as Falcons move to 4-1


High Schools

October 05, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Severna Park football is back.

Coming off the worst season in school history last year at 1-9, the Falcons have turned the corner and are off to a 4-1 start. The latest win came last night at Bob Golliday Memorial Field in Millersville as the Falcons upset No. 11 Old Mill, 12-6.

The visiting Falcons got two 8-yard touchdown runs by Mike Miller in the first and third quarters set up by the power running of senior workhorse Jeff Hoffman.

"This feels amazing, feels absolutely amazing after going 1-9 last year," said Hoffman, who finished the game with 111 yards on 25 carries.

"We're off to a great start. We knew our defense had to stop them. [Old Mill's Brashaad] Mayweather is an awesome player, and we had to keep him under wraps."

Severna Park's young hard-hitting defensive unit, led by the linebacking corps of senior Rob Turnblacer and sophomores Andrew Ferris and Dan White, bent but would not break in pulling off a surprise in Anne Arundel County.

Severna Park played like its last playoff team in 1999, when it went 10-2 in coach J.P. Hines' first season.

"We've got a lot of young kids and they believe in what we are trying to do," Hines said.

"Fortunately, we didn't make that many mistakes tonight. Mayweather is a great running back, great running back, but our defense played really well. The defense won the game, plain and simple."

Mayweather, who ran for 132 yards last week in a 22-0 loss at Broadneck, finished with 200 last night on 30 carries, but scored only one touchdown.

But his score kept Old Mill within striking distance. After a 33-yard run by Severna Park's Hoffman set up Miller's second score with 7:19 left in the third, Mayweather answered with a 5-yard run to the end zone - his 15th touchdown of the season - to cut the deficit to 12-6 with 2:12 remaining in the third quarter.

But Old Mill's extra-point kick was blocked, and the Patriots (3-2) got no closer than the Severna Park 39 the rest of the way.

"We never got good field position and you can give them credit for that," said Old Mill coach Mike Marcus.

"I just told them that you guys get the credit when we win and I take the blame when we lose. This loss is my fault."

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