4 county teams off to region finals

Enders leads Old Mill to comeback victory

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November 22, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,sun reporter

Four Anne Arundel County football teams moved on to regional finals to be played this weekend while No. 13 Arundel and South Riverwere left behind.

No. 12 Old Mill (9-2) will play at No. 6 Broadneck (10-1) at 6:30 Friday night for the Class 4A East regional title.

Severna Park (9-2) is up against a formidable foe as the Falcons travel to top-ranked River Hill (11-0) for the Class 3A East final at 7 Friday night.

And Southern (7-4) crosses the Bay Bridge for a second straight game to play for the Class 2A East championship at Wicomico (11-0) at 7 Friday night.

People are still buzzing about Old Mill?s third consecutive win over Arundel in the Class 4A East semifinals, 18-12, Friday night in Gambrills.

The Patriots staged a dramatic comeback in the final 3:20, scoring 15 points in the most unlikely way ? behind backup quarterback Grant Enders, whose clutch passing produced a 40-yard scoring pass and set up a game-winning 11-yard touchdown run by Malcom Green with 1:14 left.

Enders replaced the Patriots? standout playmaker, quarterback Kelian Stevens, with just more than four minutes remaining and Arundel leading 12-3. Stevens suffered an ankle injury.

"Grant is a real good quarterback and would be starting anywhere else in the county," said first-year Old Mill coach Damian Ferragamo, who played for Arundel coach Chuck Markiewicz at North County.

"You?re always a play away, and he was prepared for it. We told the kids that in order to win this game, Kelian will have to be very sore tomorrow and he [was]. I'm a very emotional person, and when Kelian was lying on the ground, I got teary-eyed. I didn't want him to get hurt and had to take him out. And Grant came in and got it done."

Old Mill avenged a season-opening 42-20 loss to Arundel (9-2), and will visit Broadneck, a 36-19 winner over South River (6-5).

The Patriots dealt the Bruins their only loss of the season, 16-3, in the season?s fourth week for their first win at Broadneck since 1989.

Records set

Two Arundel players made the record book Friday in the Wildcats' loss. Kicker Colin Blugis tied the state public school record for most field goals in a season (12). Blugis' second field goal of the game tied Urbana?s Josh Brown (1999).

Broadneck?s Chris McDermott had a county regular-season record 11 field goals and can add to his overall total with at least one playoff game remaining.

Also, Wildcats defensive back John Holland intercepted Stevens in the second quarter for his county record-tying 12th interception. South River?s Tommy Bresnahan first intercepted 12 in 1982; the state record is 15, shared by two players.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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