North County lost starting quarterback Josh McQuade to a right ankle injury five plays into last night's Maryland 4A East Region playoff game and Old Mill's defense pounced. The host Patriots picked off two passes in the first half and turned both into touchdowns en route to a 37-8 win.

Old Mill (9-2) helped force seven turnovers and led 24-0 at halftime.

"Our defense played a wonderful game today," said Old Mill running back Ryan Callahan. "The offense did good but it's not the best offensive game we've had. Next week we'll have to make it a game where both sides do what they need to do."

After burning North County (6-5) for 208 yards and four touchdowns in their first game -- a 51-0 Patriots win Sept. 16 -- Callahan matched that touchdown total again. The senior's four scores gave him 83 for his career, leaving him just four shy of the state record for career touchdowns (held by former Georgetown Prep standout Marcus Mason).

Old Mill will face the winner of today's Arundel-Thomas Stone game.

A First for Atholton

In its first playoff appearance in 20 years, Atholton got its first playoff win in school history. The Raiders (8-3) had two rushers go for more than 100 yards, overshadowing a 207-yard performance from McDonough's A.J. Wallace, in a 24-19 victory in a 2A South Region playoff game in Howard County.

Atholton jumped to a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Rams (6-5) recovered, however, and took a 19-17 lead early in the fourth quarter on a 42-yard scoring run from Wallace. But Atholton's Patrick Hayden scored from six yards with a little more than seven minutes remaining.

Senior tailback Matt Winger (190 yards) and junior quarterback Brett McQuilkin (124) carried the offensive load for Atholton.

All-Mets

Instructions for nominating All-Met athletes have been sent to area high school athletic directors. Coaches who have not received this information should e-mail The Post at hss@washpost.com or call 202-334-7350.

-- Daniel Lyght, Charlie Moss