No. 7 Milford Mill's season ends with loss to Huntingtown in 3A semifinal

Millers can't solve Hurricanes' rushing attack in 34-6 defeat

November 24, 2012|By Tom Worgo, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Milford Mill had its six-game winning streak snapped by visiting Huntingtown, of Calvert County, 34-6, in a Class 3A state semifinal Saturday afternoon.

With the victory, the Hurricanes advance to play No. 2 River Hill on Thursday at 7 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium.

Huntingtown (12-1) used an explosive rushing attack to pull away from the No. 7 Millers in the third quarter after leading, 6-0, at halftime on two field goals from Noah Reeves.

The Hurricanes rushed for 418 yards on 60 carries as a team, including 221 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries — all in the second half — from senior running back Carl Riffe.

Arnez Bowers ran for 112 yards and a touchdown on 18 attempts for Huntingtown.

"We got beat up, up front," Milford Mill coach Reggie White said. "It was just their [power] blocking scheme."

Running back Jamaal Morant gave Milford Mill (11-2) a spark on its first offensive play of the second half, running up the middle for 38 yards.

Later, however, the Millers had a 26-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Kyle McEachern to Mike Jones wiped out because of an illegal formation penalty.

More bad news came for the Millers after Bowers got the Hurricanes rolling and found the end zone on a 7-yard run to cap a 13-play, 80-yard drive that included 12 rushing attempts.

Riffe then boosted the Hurricanes lead to 19-0 early in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard touchdown run.

"We have a lot of depth at the running back position," Huntingtown coach Brendan Galligan said. "It was just one of those games where we were trying to find the hot hand. Whoever it was, we were going to ride them. We gave Carl a chance and he ran with it."

Huntingtown increased its margin to 26-0 with 7:44 remaining on Riffe's second rushing touchdown, a 9-yard score.

Milford Mill trimmed the advantage to 27-6 on the next play, scoring on Jones' 49-yard reverse.

Riffe finished the scoring on a 1-yard run for his third score of the game.

The Millers had a great chance to jump on Huntingtown early in the first quarter when Reggie White Jr. and Jones recovered fumbles in the first 3:20 in Huntington territory, but Milford Mill couldn't capitalize on either turnover.

Huntingtown stopped Milford on fourth-and-2 on the 19, then the Hurricanes recovered a Morant fumble on fourth-and-7 from the 18.

Huntingtown did a good job of slowing down McEachern, who came into the game with 2,055 yards of offense and 27 combined touchdowns through the air and on the ground.

McEachern finished the game with 48 yards rushing on eight carries and 59 yards passing, completing seven of 13 attempts.

"You never have a speech ready for the end of the season — especially on a loss," White said. "I just feel bad for my seniors. We had an awesome, fun-filled season. We won 11 games."


Class 3A state semifinal

Huntingtown-0 6 7 21 -- 34

Milford Mill 0 0 0 6 -- 6

H-Reeves field goal 36

H-Reeves field goal 31

H-Bowens run 7 (Reeves kick)

H-Riffe run 11 (Reeves kick)

H-Riffe run 9 (Reeves kick)

MM-Michael Jones run 49 (kick failed)

H-Riffe run 1 (Reeves kick)

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