Callahan sets 2 records, ties 1 as Old Mill rips Southern, 39-13

Back eclipses 2,000 yards as Patriots clinch playoffs

Football

High Schools

October 30, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Ryan Callahan continued his rushing rampage through Anne Arundel County last night.

Callahan, a junior running back, became just Anne Arundel County's third player to run for 2,000 yards or more in a season and set two single-season county records and tied another in leading No. 9 Old Mill to 39-13 romp at Southern in Harwood.

With Callahan leading the way on offense, and Shane Rickmon, Terrell Ingram and Drew Hall on defense, the Patriots broke the game open after leading 18-13 at the half.

A 5-foot-7, 150-pound back who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds, Callahan ran for 150 yards and three touchdowns on 17 attempts to lift his state-leading rushing yards and touchdown totals to 2,061 and 33.

The victory sealed a Class 4A East Region playoff berth for the Patriots (8-1) and could have crushed the 2A South playoff hopes of the Bulldogs (5-4). Southern has to win its final regular-season game at Annapolis (6-3) on Friday to qualify.

Callahan's 2,061 yards moved him past Rayvon Johnson of Annapolis, who ran for 2,060 yards (11 games) in 1998, into second place behind Eric Venerable, also of Annapolis, who holds the county season record of 2,346 yards (13 games) in 2000.

The shifty and speedy Callahan set Anne Arundel County single-season records for touchdown runs (32) and total touchdowns (33) and tied the total points record (198), all marks previously held by Venerable.

"I feel good about what I've done so far this year, breaking the records," said Callahan, who also broke the Old Mill school record for career touchdowns of 48 by Kelvin Collins from 1998 to 2000. Callahan now has 50 career touchdowns in just two seasons.

"I thank my offensive line again for all their blocking and support. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have those records."

Callahan was held to 65 yards on 12 carries in the first half against the Bobby Atwell- and E.J. Estep-led Southern defense, but he broke two touchdowns on his second and third carries of the second half. Suddenly it was 32-13 Old Mill.

"Southern is a tough team with a good defense, and they just got off the ball and made the tackles in the first half," said Callahan.

"On the 61-yard [TD], when I first got it, I cut it in and squeezed through two guys and got outside."

Southern stayed in the game until the third quarter, thanks to Estep's and Atwell's running. Estep finished with more than 100 yards rushing and more than 100 yards in kick returns.

Old Mill coach Mike Marcus credited his defense for its effort despite losing three starters in the second half, and he had high praise for Callahan.

"Ryan is a great kid and makes us better, and everybody rallies around him," said Marcus.

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