Callahan runs for 341 yards, 4 TDs in win

Huge effort barely enough for Old Mill in 30-28 win

Football

High Schools

October 02, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Ryan Callahan ran for 341 yards on 28 carries, one yard short of the county and school record, and four touchdowns to lead No. 11 Old Mill to a 30-28 victory at No. 14 Severna Park in Anne Arundel County football last night.

Callahan now has 1,145 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns in his team's first five games, the highest-ever such numbers in the county for that many games.

The victory kept Old Mill unbeaten at 5-0. The host Falcons, who were in the game until the waning moments, fell to 3-2.

Callahan accounted for 254 yards and all four of his touchdowns in the first half as the Pats took a 24-13 lead. Three of his scores came on rushes of 71, 7 and 70 yards. The fourth was on a dazzling, 55-yard punt return. He had close to 450 yards of total offense.

"They keyed on me more in the second half," said Callahan, whose team, playing without its injured long snapper, missed all of its conversions.

"Our line did good coming off the ball, but they just keyed on me more. They knew what I was going to do. We hung in there, but we've got to make those extra points because it can mean a lot in a close game."

The 5-foot-7, 150-pound tailback, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds, according to coach Mike Marcus, nearly broke the county/school record of 342 rushing yards set in 2002 by Old Mill's Brashaad Mayweather.

"I don't care what anybody says, [Callahan is] the best back in the state of Maryland, " said Severna Park coach J.P. Hines, whose Falcons upset Eleanor Roosevelt, 13-7, in the season opener, holding the Prince George's County school's highly regarded Derrick Williams to 80 yards rushing.

Quarterback Greg Zingler, who threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Ben Hunt for the game's first touchdown, led the Falcons' second-half comeback.

Zingler directed a 92-yard drive in 17 plays in the third period that was capped by Andrew Ferris' second touchdown of the game.

The drive took 8:17 and kept Callahan off the field as the Falcons pulled within 24-21.

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