Callahan sets career record

Old Mill falls


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Damascus -- Old Mill's Ryan Callahan scored twice to set a state record with 87 career touchdowns, but the Patriots were routed, 48-13, by Damascus last night in a Class 4A state semifinal.

Callahan ran for 144 yards and finished his three-year varsity career with 24 consecutive games of 100 yards or more rushing and scoring at least one touchdown. His career rushing total was over 5,200 yards, 1,944 this season with 34 touchdowns.

"I thank God for giving me the strength to put in all the hard work I did over the last four years," Callahan said. "And I thank my coaches for everything. Damascus is a great team. [They're] really big and strong."

Damascus earned its third straight trip to M&T Bank Stadium and will play the winner of today's game between Sherwood and Frederick Douglass of Prince George's County at 7 p.m. Friday. The Hornets (13-0), ranked No. 1 by The Washington Post, won their most recent state title (fifth overall) in 2003 with a victory over Broadneck but lost last year's final to Suitland.

Last night, Damascus unleashed its powerful offense that features a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Kyle Hogan and Steve Anderson in addition to poised sophomore quarterback Kyle Frazier.

Hogan scored three touchdowns in the first quarter as the Hornets took a 20-0 lead before the No. 12 Patriots (10-3) got on the scoreboard with a 2-yard run by Callahan in the second quarter.

Callahan set up the touchdown with a 44-yard burst. Frazier then threw his first of two touchdown passes to make it 27-7.

With five minutes left in the half, Callahan raced 35 yards to his record his 87th career touchdown, breaking the record of 86 held by two others.

Damascus threatened to score again before the half ended, but on a fourth-and-goal at the 5, Anderson caught a pass from Frazier and was driven out of bounds at the 2 by Old Mill's Andrew Hall and Malcolm Green.

A 39-yard touchdown pass from Frazier to Austin Bernardo and a 5-yard run by Anderson put the game out of reach at 41-13 in the third quarter.

"We have two excellent running backs who keep the other team's offense off the field because our offensive line does a tremendous job week after week," Damascus coach Dan Makosy said.

Old Mill 0 13 0 0 - 13

Damascus 20 7 14 7 - 48

D-Hogan 31 run (Magas kick) D-Hogan 49 run (Magas kick) D-Hogan 8 run (kick failed) OM-Callahan 2 run (Holmes kick) D-Bonturi 29 pass from Frazier (Magas kick) OM-Callahan 35 run (kick failed) D-Bernardo 39 pass from Frazier (Magas kick) D-Anderson 5 run (Magas kick) D-Cosgrove 4 run (Magas kick)

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