Old Mill tops Broadneck

Football

High Schools

October 01, 2005|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

Setting records has been routine for Old Mill's Ryan Callahan, but beating Broadneck has not. In fact, until last night at home in Millersville, the Patriots had not beat the Bruins in Callahan's three varsity seasons (0-3) and in seven games overall dating to 1999.

Broadneck did something most teams can't do, and that is contain Callahan in the second half, holding him to just 16 yards. But the combination of quarterback Kelian Stevens to Steve Holmes produced touchdown passes of 57 and 53 yards in the final period to lead the No. 3 Patriots to a 25-20 victory last night.

"Coach told us to act like we've been there before and we did," said Holmes explaining the Patriots' calm demeanor afterwards despite ending a seven-game losing streak to the No. 12 Bruins (2-2).

Patriots coach Mike Marcus didn't play down the win, but he didn't want his guys to act like they won a state title.

"I'm happy for our seniors, but the one in November [playoffs] matters the most, " said Marcus. "We'll see them again."

Callahan tied the Anne Arundel County career record for touchdowns with his 65th last night and gained 141 yards in the first half, but Broadneck's defense led by Sean Rohrs, Carlos James and Forrest Kyle shut him down in the second half.

"I was glad to [tie] the record, but as a senior it feels good to finally beat Broadneck," Callahan said. "I can't score all the time, and Steve and guys like that have to pick it up and they did tonight."

Old Mill (4-0) remains Anne Arundel County's only undefeated public school football team.

It's the first time the defending county and region champion Bruins, who lost two weeks ago to then unranked Arundel, 34-13, have lost two in a row since 1999 (7-3) when they lost three in a row.

The second loss in the '99 streak was to Old Mill, 36-20, the last time the Patriots beat the Bruins before last night.

Brandon Johnson led all ball carriers with 170 yards and two touchdowns on 29 attempts for the Bruins last night.

"We accomplished what we wanted to do in containing Callahan, who is a fabulous athlete and can turn nothing into something," Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick said.

During the losing streak against the Bruins, the Patriots lost twice in the postseason, including last year, 27-24, in the Class 4A East region final.

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