Falcons slow Callahan, beat Old Mill, 28-17

Severna Park hands Patriots first loss

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October 15, 2005|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

All sorts of defensive schemes have been devised over the past three years to stop or at least contain possibly the greatest running back in Anne Arundel County history, Ryan Callahan of Old Mill.

Sometimes it comes down to the fundamentals, though, and Severna Park was textbook nearly the entire game last night in a stunning 28-17 upset of No. 3 Old Mill.

The host Falcons (5-1, 4-0 county) gave an overflow, homecoming crowd plenty to cheer about in dealing the Patriots (5-1, 5-1) their first loss.

The Falcons' tackling on the elusive Callahan was outstanding, and their offense kept it away from Callahan and ate up the clock.

Led by linebacker Mark Otto, linemen Lewis Spadaro, Chase Kettler and Mark Hepburn, and defensive backs Dave Horn and Chris Hunt, the Falcons rarely allowed the shifty Callahan to juke and break. His longest run was 23 yards as he carried 22 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns, from 18 yards out each time.

The Falcons defense held Callahan to 5 yards on four attempts in the first half while taking a 14-3 lead on a Greg Zingler-to- Hunt touchdown pass and a Brent Sanders 9-yard touchdown run.

Severna Park, which converted 8 of 11 third downs, had to overcome Callahan's two scores that gave Old Mill a 17-14 lead going into the final period.

Tommy Massie's 9-yard touchdown run capped a 12-play, 88-yard drive to give the Falcons a 21-17 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter. One possession later, Otto forced a fumble, and Kettler recovered at the Old Mill 13 to set up the final touchdown, a 13-yard scamper by Marques Johnson.

"Awesome job. Their offense did an incredible job keeping our offense off the field," said Old Mill coach Mike Marcus. "Give a lot of credit to J.P. [Hines, Falcons head coach], his staff and his players. They outplayed us, but it doesn't make or break our season."

In the loss, Callahan set the county career rushing mark of 4,138 yards, breaking the old mark of 4,044. He also has 69 career touchdowns, including 16 this season.

"They killed us on the counter-tray last year," said Kettler, "but we set up some blitzes, and our interior linemen played great following their pullers and messing up their timing."

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