You Should Have Seen
Old Mill's Ryan Callahan
We've already featured him here once this season, which leads to a simple conclusion: If you're not watching Callahan, you're missing a lot.
In a 38-0 win over Northeast on Saturday, the junior running back had one of the best games in county history. He ran 25 times for 252 yards and five touchdowns, helping Old Mill move to 3-0. He whipped by Northeast defenders for touchdown runs of 23 and 88 yards; he bulled them over on a three-yard touchdown run.
"We had no chance of ever stopping him," said Northeast Coach Mike Cotham, whose team dropped to 2-1. "He's the best back in our county. Basically, he can do it all."
At 5-foot-7, Callahan runs the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds -- but he has more than speed. Against Northeast, the majority of his yards came on tough runs up the middle. As his 25 carries indicate, he's capable of taking -- and delivering -- a beating.
In fact, Callahan ran up so much time that Northeast barely got a chance to touch the ball. The Eagles ran just 38 plays in the entire game -- only 15 in the first half -- and never got into a rhythm.
In a county loaded with good running backs -- Broadneck's Brandon Johnson, Arundel's Jimmy Rhodes, Chesapeake's Gary Townes -- Callahan may be the best.
"He's pretty special," Old Mill Coach Mike Marcus said. "He's not just a perimeter runner, because he goes inside and outside. In my mind, he's proved that he's a pretty good one."
You Should Have Seen
The Weather Friday Night
Coaches and players throughout the county watched storm clouds and lightning and worried about potential tornadoes (none developed in the county) around 7:45 p.m. on Friday. Several games were postponed in the first half. The two games that finished did so in adverse conditions.
At Northeast, 25 mph winds suspended play six minutes into the first quarter. "We were blowing all over the place," Cotham said. "It was pretty impossible to play football."
At Broadneck, the second quarter had just started when officials halted the game because of lightning. About 1,000 fans lingered in the stadium for 30 minutes, expecting officials to restart play, before the public address announcer said -- over a loud chorus of boos -- that the game would continue Monday.
"It's difficult when a game gets delayed, but you've got to think about it like a long halftime," Marcus said. "You just have to forget the weather, forget everything. You have to keep focused."
You Should See
Annapolis at Arundel, Friday, 3:30
Coaches across the county believed Brian Brown when he promised to restore football greatness to Annapolis. They just didn't think it would happen so fast.
Behind Brown, a first-year coach and Annapolis alum, the Panthers have jumped out to a 3-0 start, including a 13-7 overtime win over previously undefeated Severna Park on Friday night. With that victory, Annapolis matched its win total for all of last year, when it finished 3-7.
Led by Nick Palmer, the county's most accomplished quarterback, Arundel will provide another difficult test for Annapolis.
"There are no easy games here," Brown said. "Arundel is always very strong. This game is going to be like a measuring stick for us, to see how far we've really come."
-- Eli Saslow