Old Mill running back Kelvin Collins put on a show last night. But it is a performance Arundel would rather have missed.
Collins ran for 238 yards and four touchdowns and scored on a fumble recovery to help Old Mill score 33 points in the second half and defeat Arundel, 40-21, in an Anne Arundel County game in Millersville.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound junior, who entered the game with 427 yards in Old Mill's first three games, scored on runs of 19, 26 and 60 yards and the final time on a one-yard run, repeatedly breaking tackles and running through gaping holes. "[The line] was creating the holes," Collins said. "I try to run outside, but I like to truck somebody."
Collins's runs, plus some big plays from wide receiver-defensive back Jason Galloway, helped Old Mill (2-2, 2-1) rally from a 14-7 halftime deficit. Arundel (1-3, 1-3) controlled the first half by rolling up 147 yards on 25 carries from its Wing-T offense, but the Patriots took charge in the second half.
The Patriots stopped Arundel on three plays on its first possession, and four plays later, Collins cut the lead to 14-13 with a 26-yard touchdown run to the right side.
Arundel had to punt after three plays on its next possession, and Collins came through again. Collins, Arundel punter Chris Nider and the ball all arrived at the same time. Nider tried to avoid Collins, but dropped the ball.
Collins picked it up at the Arundel 20 and raced in for the touchdown. He then ran for the two-point conversion and a 21-14 lead. After Arundel tied it on the next series, Collins answered yet again.
On the Patriots' second play, he started right, cut back to the center and out-raced everyone for a 60-yard score and a 27-21 lead with 40 seconds left in the third quarter.
"Give the kid credit, he ran pretty darn good," Arundel Coach Bill Zucco said.
Chase Gompers then fumbled on the next Arundel series, and Old Mill's Aaron Dada recovered. Collins later scored on a one-yard run for a 33-21 lead with 8 minutes 3 seconds left.
Galloway then picked off a Paul D'Imperio pass and raced for a 67-yard touchdown and the 40-21 final. He later intercepted D'Imperio in the end zone. Arundel turned the ball over four times in the second half--two fumbles and two interceptions.
Galloway is the team's leading receiver, and one of the area's most versatile players. He caught only two passes but rose to the occasion on defense.
"It was nice to get Jason Galloway to make a big play on defense," Old Mill Coach Mike Marcus said. "Great players make great plays."
Marcus credited center Mike Tetlow, Chris Strateman and Dave Kim, plus tight end Montese Henson, all of whom opened holes for Collins.