Johnson races Arundel by No. 3 Old Mill

TDs of 88, 82 yards offset Callahan's 234 yards, 35-20

Football

High Schools

October 25, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Green is the color of money, and it was "Dollar" Bill Johnson who helped the Arundel Wildcats post a huge 35-20 win over No. 3 Old Mill last night on homecoming in Gambrills.

Dressed in green from their helmets to their pants, the Wildcats saw Johnson, a junior back, go long distance twice in the third period to pace Arundel (6-2) to its first win over the Patriots (6-2) since 1998.

Johnson's 88-yard kickoff return and a 82-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bobby Schram kept Old Mill from taking the lead. And the two big scores overshadowed an incredible second half by Old Mill sophomore Ryan Callahan.

Callahan ran for 234 yards and three touchdowns (runs of 11, 85 and 65 yards) on 12 carries in a blazing second half. He finished with 251 yards on 13 carries.

"I'm excited that `Dollar' Bill Johnson decided to have his homecoming night," said Arundel coach Chuck Markiewicz.

"I think he was the difference tonight. He picked us up when we slowed down a little bit. Now, we've got to try to find more ways to get the ball to him. That No. 21 [Callahan] is a fast guy and between him and Dollar Bill, I don't know who's faster."

Arundel scored on the game's initial possession on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Schram to Danny Marin, and Bryan Jones kicked his first of five extra points. The Wildcats took the 7-0 lead into the second half when Callahan scored from the 11 to make it 7-6 midway through the third period.

Usually reliable Brit Lilly missed the first of three failed extra-point kicks. Johnson took the ensuing kickoff 88 yards to score and it was 14-6 Arundel.

After Old Mill tied it up on an 85-yard dash by Callahan and a John Brown-to-Richard Lee con- version pass with 42 seconds left in the third period, Johnson took a Schram pass 82 yards down the sideline.

"He [Callahan] is really fast and I had to go out and match him, " said Johnson.

Callahan scampered 65 yards to start the final period, but Lilly's kick was blocked by Brad Pendock to make it 21-20.

Justin Lee ran 29 yards for six a touchdown and Schram plunged a yard for the final Arundel score in the closing minutes. The Arundel defense, led by linebacker Kendall Jones, Juan Wansley and Jimmy Rhodes, shut down Old Mill the rest of the way.

The victory was worth at least 14 playoff points to the Wildcats in quest of their first playoff berth since 1995. Teams receive eight points for a win over a Class 4A school, plus bonus points for each win the team defeated has.

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