Old Mill football coach Mike Marcus said yesterday that the Patriots have declined to resume Friday night's game at Annapolis High School that was stopped in the fourth quarter when a student inside the stadium was shot.

The 17-year-old victim, who was shot near the concessions stand, was the sister of one Old Mill player and the girlfriend of another. The girl, whom police did not identify, was treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and released, the hospital said.

"After we got back to the locker room, I talked to the captains and talked to the seniors," Marcus said. "We started talking about what our real issues are going on with the team and the other issue [a 17-year-old girl died last week from injuries suffered in a car accident two weeks ago involving three Old Mill students and a recent graduate] and didn't think it was in the best interest of the team to finish the game. The decision was fully supported by our athletic director and principal. What good can come out of it?"

Annapolis was leading 30-21 when the game was halted with 11 minutes 51 seconds to play.

"Most of the time we say football is the most important thing, but there are some things that are more important," Annapolis Coach Brian Brown said. "Right now, Mike is taking care of some life things."

-- Daniel Lyght