Game of the Week: Old Mill vs. Broadneck preview

November 11, 2010|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

No. 5 Broadneck (8-2) at No. 4 Old Mill (9-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Coaches: Damian Ferragamo, Old Mill; Jeff Herrick, Broadneck

Last meeting: Old Mill, 31-7, last Friday

Classification: Class 4A East, regional semifinal

Key players to watch

Old Mill — Demond Brown, Sr., RB (196 carries for 1,457 yards and 25 TDs); Rob Chesson, Jr., RB (1,435 all-purpose yards and 14 TDs, 132 carries for 904 yards and 11 TDs); Alex Demibinski, Sr., OL; Torrie Wagner, Jr., CB (three INTs, one returned for TD); Deion Briggs, Sr., WR/DB (nine catches for 167 yards and one TD, two INTs, one returned for TD)

Broadneck — Nick Ochoa, Sr., LB (68 tackles), Dominique Spence, Sr., DL (60 tackles); Va'a Niumatalolo, Sr., LB; (59 tackles); James Mullis, Sr., QB (717 yards passing, 567 yards rushing, 13 rushing TDs): Grant Harris, Sr., RB (81 carries for 637 yards and two TDs)

Keys to victory

Defending state Class 4A champion Old Mill looked to be in playoff form in last week's regular-season finale, whipping the Bruins with a crushing offensive line and a running game that contributed most of the Patriots' 389 yards of total offense. Brown, who scored on a 71-yard run on the opening drive, and Chesson combined for 310 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Both coaches noted that although the game plans won't change much, this game likely won't be as one-sided as last week's. Ferragamo said his team had one of its best outings while the Bruins had one of their worst. Herrick, meanwhile, said his team got a little out of sync when it fell behind early. Until last week, the Bruins had allowed only 44 points in the first nine games and as many as 14 points only once.

To advance in one of the toughest regions in the state, Old Mill needs another big game from its rushing duo with a few accurate passes thrown in to keep the Bruins' defense off-balance — just as it did last week. The Bruins, of course, will have to stop Brown and Chesson from running wild, and Herrick acknowledged that the effort starts with the defensive line, which was overwhelmed last week.

Other games to watch:

Regional semifinals

• North Point (9-1) at No. 3 Arundel (9-1) in Class 4A East. Friday, 7 p.m.

Franklin (8-2) at No. 9 Hereford (9-1) in Class 3A North. Friday, 7 p.m.

Wilde Lake (7-3) at No. 12 Atholton (8-2) in Class 3A East, Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 10 Southern (8-2) at No. 14 Hammond (9-1) in Class 2A South, Friday, 7 p.m.

MIAA B Conference playoff

Archbishop Curley (8-2) at No. 11 Boys' Latin (7-2), Saturday, noon

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