Elko, undefeated Arundel prove too much for Old Mill

No. 4 Arundel 24 No. 6 Old Mill 7

October 30, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN REPORTER

After accomplishing a football rarity by keeping the ball for the entire third quarter, No. 6 Old Mill didn't execute Part 2 of its plan and keep No. 4 Arundel from scoring.

Instead the host Wildcats' do-everything quarterback Nick Elko answered with a 55-yard touchdown dash to propel Arundel to a 24-7 victory.

Elko ran for two touchdowns and 139 yards on 18 attempts, completed 13 of 26 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown (his 24th), kicked three extra points and a 25-yard field goal, and punted six times for an average of 42.2 yards. "I kept thinking about last year's [18-12] playoff loss to them and really wanted this," Elko said.

"They have an excellent defense, but we figured out a few things at the half. Of course, we never got the ball in the third period."

Arundel (8-0) has clinched a playoff berth in the Class 4A East and with two games left has virtually sealed the top seed and home field advantage in the regional.

Old Mill (6-2) is second in the 4A East.

Down by 14-0 at the half after Arundel capitalized on two Patriots turnovers in the first quarter, Old Mill went on a 22-play drive that ate up all 12 minutes of the third period, with quarterback Grant Enders driving the Patriots from their own 11-yard line to the Arundel 3 as time ran out in the period.

The Patriots' Jason Clements then scored on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 14-7.

But after the kickoff, Elko completed a pass for no gain, then on second down from the Arundel 45 he raced 55 yards for a touchdown to give the Wildcats a 21-7 lead. Elko later added a field goal.

"He can run the football and is a load," Old Mill coach Damian Ferragamo said. "I don't know what his passing stats were, but it seemed whenever he wanted to run, he had a first down."

In the first quarter, Elko threw a 25-yard scoring pass to Brandon Johnson-Farrell, and then after an interception by Mike Inyang, Elko scored from the 8.

No. 1 River Hill 49, Marriotts Ridge 6 -- Malek Redd rushed for three touchdowns and Michael Campanaro added two touchdowns and more than 200 all-purpose yards to lead the Hawks (8-0) over the Mustangs (5-3). River Hill led 42-0 at halftime and has yet to be scored on in the first half.

No. 8 Hereford 52, Woodlawn 8 -- Lonnie Liggins carried 10 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulls (8-0) routed the Warriors (3-5). Hereford's defense was dominant, as the Bulls totaled 52 points with only 325 yards on offense. "It was a total team effort. The defense and special teams played very well. The running game was also very effective," Bulls assistant coach Joe Bosley said.

Joppatowne 33, Edgewood 0 -- Tavon Henley carried 12 times for 151 yards and a touchdown to lead the Mariners (7-1), who clinched the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship with their win against the Rams (4-4). "I was very proud of our defense, because shutting any team out, especially one as good as Edgewood, it's an outstanding effort," Joppatowne coach Bill Waibel said.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

Sun reporters contributed to this article.

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