Old Mill cruises, 37-8

Callahan scores four TDs in 4A East semifinal vs. North County

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Ryan Callahan's 100 rushing yards were his fewest in a game this season, but he scored four touchdowns to lead No. 13 Old Mill to a 37-8 rout of visiting North County in the Class 4A East regional semifinals last night.

It was the 22nd consecutive game in which Callahan has rushed for 100 yards or more and the 25th time in his 33-game career. He came into the game with 1,595 yards rushing and now has an Anne Arundel County career rushing record of 4,895 yards.

Callahan's four touchdowns gave him 30 for the season and 83 in his career, three shy of the state record shared by two players. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound senior has scored at least one touchdown in 22 consecutive games.

The top-seeded Patriots (9-2) will host the winner of today's game between Thomas Stone (7-2) and Arundel (8-2) in next weekend's 4A East final. It will be the Patriots' second straight region final appearance.

Callahan, who has scored 15 touchdowns in four games against North County over three seasons, raced 55 yards to the end zone on a punt return for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Steve Holmes' 34-yard field goal made it 10-0.

Interceptions by Andrew Hall and Brandon Bergersen, who had three interceptions in the game, set up Callahan touchdown runs of 4 and 52 yards in the second quarter for a 24-0 halftime lead.

The Knights scored in the third quarter on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Tony Baldwin to Raymond Mack. Baldwin had replaced starting quarterback Josh McQuade on the Knights' initial possession of the game.

Callahan's 3-yard run and Kelian Stevens' 23-yard pass to Melvin Branch ended the scoring.

McQuade, who had a high-ankle sprain, and injured lineman Sean Wenzel were taken away by ambulance in the first half.

"We knew they would be very tough defensively and, unfortunately for them, they lost their quarterback, but injuries are part of the game," Old Mill coach Mike Marcus said.

It was the first postseason appearance since 1996 for the Knights (6-5), who won Anne Arundel County's last state football title in 1994.

"I'm extremely happy about this season because the kids have been through a lot the last four or five years," North County coach Gary Liddick said.


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