Old Mill 14
Players counted down to this game for a full season. Coaches prepared for several weeks. But when No. 13 Broadneck and Old Mill finally played Friday night, showcasing Anne Arundel County's game of the season, it stayed close for about 15 minutes.
By the time some tailgaters entered Old Mill's stadium early in the second quarter, Broadneck already had run away with what many anticipated to be tightly contested game. The Bruins won, 24-14, after jumping out to an early 17-0 lead.
Despite a spirited second-half run, Old Mill (6-1, 6-1) could never quite recover.
"I was really surprised that it happened so fast," said Broadneck's Brandon Johnson, who had a career-high 251 yards on 35 carries. "We just got off to a really hot start."
For Broadneck (7-0, 7-0), everything went right early in the game: Chris Desautels nailed a 20-yard kick in the first quarter for his 19th career field goal, tying the Maryland public high school record. Tony Marino fumbled twice and, both times, the ball rolled back to him.
For Old Mill, nothing did: Ryan Callahan's best run of the first half, a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that would have put Old Mill ahead early, was called back because of holding.
Callahan, the Washington area's leading rusher entering last night's game, and Old Mill recovered. The junior rushed for 195 yards and took another kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, but his heroics came early in the fourth quarter, far too late.
"Anytime you get out on a good team that quickly, that's going to be a huge help," Broadneck Coach Jeff Herrick said. "We wanted to contain [Callahan], and we did a good enough job to get ahead of them.
"I tell you what, they can score fast," Old Mill Coach Mike Marcus said. "That 's a really, really good team over there."
By now, that much is established. Through seven games in the county, Broadneck is undefeated -- and unchallenged. The Bruins never have trailed. Their defense has surrendered one touchdown all season.
The Bruins, last season's Maryland 4A finalist, have won 18 consecutive games against county teams, a streak that's unlikely to end this year.
And last night, the Bruins found out they have something else: a running back who can carry them. Johnson, who weighs just over 200 pounds, had nearly 500 rushing yards coming into the game, but he dominated Old Mill. Under a driving rain, Johnson bulled over defenders en route to two touchdowns. Ten of his runs went for first downs.
"They unleashed a thoroughbred tonight," Marcus said. "He's a very good runner. We found out that much."
Herrick added: "Brandon picked it up. The more carries he gets, the better he gets. We wanted to get him the ball, and he obviously came through for us."