Stevens directs Patriots to upset of No. 5 Bruins

Called `best player in county,' QB throws, runs for touchdowns

Old Mill 16 Broadneck 3

September 30, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

His coach and the opposing coach both said he is "the best player" in Anne Arundel County football and all the very humble Old Mill quarterback Kelian Stevens would say is "it takes 11 players to win."

Stevens is without question Old Mill's playmaker and he proved it again last night at Lawrence E. Knight Stadium in Cape St. Claire as he led the unranked Patriots to a 16-3 upset of No. 5 Broadneck.

Every time Old Mill needed a big play, Stevens was there to make it, running for one touchdown and passing for another as the Patriots stunned the Bruins, leaving both teams at 3-1.

Broadneck's offense never got untracked against the well-prepared Old Mill defense.

"They did an excellent job both ways and I think their quarterback is the best player in the county," Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick said of Stevens, who rushed for 72 yards on 15 carries and was 10-for-13 through the air for 185 yards.

Anthony Edwards, Davius Duprey (at the 1-yard line) and Joe Witles each had an interception for the victors, and Henry Watts had a fumble recovery.

"Our inexperienced secondary hurt us in the first game, but has played well since," said Old Mill's new coach Damian Ferragamo.

"Defensively we're getting tougher and tougher each game. And Kelian is the best in the county."

Old Mill dropped its home opener, 42-20, to Arundel as Ferragamo went against his former high school coach in Chuck Markiewicz. The latter coached Ferragamo at North County.

The Pats have outscored their three opponents 114-29 since that game.

"That was a wakeup call right there," said the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Stevens, who has adapted very well from the power-I to the spread offense.

"I think we really needed that, so our heads don't get too pumped and hyped up. It got everybody on their feet. It takes more than one player, 11 heads on the field and our offensive line was pushing all night. I love the new offense."

Stevens, a senior who played in the shadow of running back Ryan Callahan the previous past last two seasons as the latter rewrote the record book, ran for a 7-yard touchdown in the first period. It was set up by his 69-yard pass to Kevin Johnson.

In the second period, Stevens hit Alphonse Coats on an out to the left corner from the 13 and Alex Warehime kicked his second extra point to make it 14-0 with 4:55 left in the half.

Broadneck got on the board on Chris McDermott's 23-yard field goal with 1:44 left before the break.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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