Mitchell saves the day

varsity football

Senior's 43-yard touchdown on screen pass lifts Millers after Indians dominate most of game

October 25, 2008|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Baltimore Sun

The usually potent Milford Mill offense could muster only two sustained drives last night against No. 15 Franklin. But that was enough to pull out a victory.

Ivan Mitchell turned a screen pass from Kevin Fulton into a 43-yard touchdown with 7:26 left to give the Millers a 13-7 victory over the Indians in a Baltimore County football game at Reisterstown Regional Park.

Franklin dominated most of the game, sticking with a ball-control offense that used large chunks of time and kept the Milford Mill offense off the field. The Indians ran 66 plays and gained 258 yards while the Millers (7-1) ran only 32 plays for 157 yards and six first downs.

Franklin (5-3) took a 7-0 lead on Carl Fleming's 8-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. But despite making only two first downs and gaining just 39 yards in the first half, Milford Mill stayed close - and tied the score when Tyrek Cheeseboro returned the second-half kickoff for a 72-yard touchdown.

The Millers started making offensive adjustments, one coming after they blocked a field-goal attempt 15 seconds into the fourth quarter. Fulton started moving the offense, and the big play came when he tossed a quick screen to Mitchell on the right side.

The speedy senior made quick cuts to shake off Franklin defenders to run for the touchdown. That capped an eight-play, 67-yard drive. The Millers then ran out the final 3:11, using eight more plays to gain 57 yards, the only two good drives they had all night.

"We made some switches, and we caught a break on that screen," Milford Mill coach Reggie White said. "And Ivan made a lot of good moves on that screen."

Mitchell wanted to atone for his first-quarter fumble on a punt that led to the Franklin touchdown.

"I promised my teammates that I would make it up to them," Mitchell said. "I saw the guys coming, so I made a hard cut, and I just kept breaking tackles."

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