Old Mill reaches 4A state semis

Callahan's TD dash seals 19-7 victory against Arundel


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Ryan Callahan raced 30 yards to score with 1:27 remaining to seal Old Mill's 19-7 victory over Arundel in Millersville last night to give the Patriots their first football regional title.

The No. 13 Patriots (10-2) will face Damascus, which defeated Quince Orchard, 21-14, last night, at 7 p.m. Friday in a state semifinal.

The crucial touchdown by Callahan was his second of the night in the Class 4A East final, 32nd this season and the 85th of his three-year career, one short of the state record shared by two others. It also made him only the seventh in state history to rush for 5,000 career yards.

Until the game-clinching dash by the 5-foot-7, 150-pound senior, his string of consecutive games (now 23) with 100 yards or more rushing was in jeopardy because of the job done by the Wildcats' defense led by lineman Dominique Moore and linebacker Terone Travis.

Callahan finished with 105 yards on 21 carries to lift his career yards rushing total to an even 5,000.

"It's a great feeling [going to the state semifinals for the first time] and I think our defense played an excellent game and everybody stayed on track," said Callahan, who has rushed for 1,800 yards this season.

"I can't believe that last touchdown happened myself. I saw a seam on the outside and just took it. Arundel's defense did a great job on us."

The game was "a field-position war," in the words of winning coach Mike Marcus, who has taken the Patriots to the playoffs in seven of his eight years as head coach.

"People take punting for granted, but both teams punted well tonight and our defense did an awesome job," Marcus said.

Senior defensive end Mario Smith had two of the Patriots' four sacks of Arundel quarterback Kyle Sumpter for 26 yards in losses, and Old Mill picked off four passes, with Jesse Webster grabbing two. Brandon Bergersen and Justin Sobleski had the others.

Callahan scored on a 56-yard punt return and Towson-bound Steve Holmes, who had a 52-yarder among his eight punts, grabbed a 50-yard pass from Kelian Stevens for a 13-0 Old Mill lead in the second period.

Arundel's only score came on a 35-yard pass from Sumpter to Brandon Johnson-Farrell with 1:32 left in the first half.


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