Pats get Bruins off backs

Old Mill savors end of 7-game football losing streak vs. Broadneck



By ending a seven-game losing streak to Broadneck, the No. 3 Old Mill football team has to be thinking that this might finally be its year.

Since 2000, Broadneck has managed to stand in the way of the Patriots winning either the county or regional title, as well as advancing in the playoffs.

But now, while the Patriots are on top as the county's only unbeaten public school team at 4-0, Broadneck (2-2) is hoping that history will not repeat itself.

The Bruins, who lost, 25-20, to Old Mill on Friday night in Millersville, have lost two in a row for the first time since 1999, when they lost three in a row. They went 7-3 that season and missed the playoffs for the only time since 1996.

That year also was the last time Old Mill had beaten Broadneck before Friday night.

"I'm happy for our seniors because it's been awhile, been longer for me," said Mike Marcus, Old Mill's coach since 1998.

Marcus pointed to what could be a more important game in November if the two meet again in the Class 4A East regional playoffs. He told his players not to celebrate too much, so as not to give the Bruins fuel for what will likely be another meeting in the postseason.

"It's great knowing we seniors don't have to graduate knowing we lost the eighth straight to them," said speedy running back Ryan Callahan, who tied the Anne Arundel County career record for touchdowns with his 65th Friday on a 54-yard burst in the second quarter. It was his county- and metro area-leading 12th touchdown this season.

Severn's Dennard Melton (1994-97) first set the career mark. With at least seven games left, including one likely playoff game, Callahan could challenge the state career record of 86 set by Eastern Tech's Dietrich Wright (2000-03).

Old Mill could be working on what would be a county-record seventh straight playoff appearance had it not been for an ineligible player in 2003 due to a residency violation that resulted in the forfeiture of its season that included a playoff game.

The playoff appearance in 2003 does not appear in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association state records.

What is in the state records are the county-record six straight postseason appearances by Annapolis and Broadneck's five-year streak. The Bruins' attempt to tie the record could be in jeopardy if they lose their third straight this week at home vs. Southern (1-3), a 30-6 loser to Arundel on Friday.

"We've got Southern next and I have to look [on film] and see what they're like," Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick said. "Arundel [which defeated the Bruins, 34-13, this season] and Old Mill are high-caliber teams.

"You hate to lose, but we're just going to have to try and get better each game and hopefully we'll meet [Old Mill] down the road."

Strength in numbers

The Broadneck boys soccer team is off to an 8-0 start, and everybody is enjoying the ride.

Bruins coach Sean Tettemer has used as many as 19 players in a game, and 10 players have scored goals, with senior forward Brendan O'Leary (five goals, four assists) leading the way.

Tettemer said the biggest improvement has been strong play from his midfield and defense.

Two position switches - Tim McCormick from midfield to sweeper and Kevin Murray from sweeper to center midfield - have been key.

"We're not trying to get ahead of ourselves. Our biggest game is always the next one and our ultimate goal is to improve each time we go out on the field," Tettemer said. "The pressure for us is not to win games, but to compete hard in practice and see who earns the minutes in the games. I really feel they've bought into that."

The Bruins will travel to face defending county champion Old Mill on Friday at 7:15 p.m.

Quick hits

Broadneck's Herrick said tailback Brandon Johnson's bruised heel is better. Johnson had a game-high 170 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries against Old Mill. ... Annapolis football coach Brian Brown, in keeping with Panthers tradition, likes to run the ball, but if the opportunity presents itself, the team will throw it. In a 39-6 romp at Meade (0-4), Panthers quarterback Matt Vollano hooked up twice with Tony Henson (for 54 and 50 yards) and once with Damien Kinchen (34 yards) for touchdown passes while completing six of 13 for 180 yards. ... Eric Boyle had a hat trick for Annapolis (3-6) in a 6-1 rout of North County in boys soccer.

Sun reporter Glenn P. Graham contributed to this article.

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