Last night's key Anne Arundel 4A game between North County and host Old Mill was suspended because of lightning early in the third quarter with Old Mill leading, 14-6. The game will be resumed tonight at 7:15 at Old Mill's Bob Golliday Memorial Field.
The game was delayed for 30 minutes just prior to the start of the second half after referee Glen Wilson saw a lightning strike. The teams then played for 10 minutes before a massive lightning storm moved through the Millersville area.
After waiting for nearly 20 minutes, the teams' coaches, game officials and Old Mill assistant athletic director Craig White decided to suspend the game until tonight. Old Mill has the ball on its 44-yard line with 7 minutes 28 seconds left in the third quarter.
"Obviously you have playoff implications here, and we both have to play next week," Old Mill Coach Mike Marcus said, explaining his desire to continue the game. "It's one less day of rest and throws everything off. Both of us [he and North County Coach Chuck Markiewicz] just wanted to get it in."
Before the game was suspended, Old Mill tailback Kelvin Collins was on his way to a special night. In the first half, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries as he tried to lead the Patriots to their sixth consecutive victory. Old Mill needs the win to earn its first playoff berth since 1991.
However, the Patriots (5-2 overall, 5-0 league) squandered a pair of other opportunities in North County territory. North County (6-1, 4-1) drove 51 yards to pull to 14-6 on wide receiver Dave Bush's 14-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Mike Pfisterer with 46 seconds left in the half. The point-after attempt was short.
But other than that drive, Old Mill was dominant. Collins carried on all but nine plays and gained all but 11 yards of the Patriots' total offense in the half.
After Old Mill's Mark Smith recovered a North County fumble on the opening kickoff, Collins gained 43 yards on six carries, scoring on an easy nine-yard run up the middle for a 7-0 Old Mill lead. The only other play of the drive was an incomplete pass.
A penalty stalled Old Mill's next drive and an interception ended the proceeding one. But after Keelyn Roberts recovered a North County fumble, the Patriots took a 14-0 lead on a four-yard run by Collins. Because of a holding penalty, Collins rushed for 46 yards on the 42-yard drive, carrying on every play except one.
Its run-and-shoot offense slowed by a steady downpour, North County finally put things together at the end of the half. The Knights drove 51 yards, with Bush scoring after he lined up in the right slot, took a short pass and ran through two tackles.