Typically, Arundel Coach Chuck Markiewicz leaves the play-calling duties to assistant David Doy, but after the Wildcats’ 66-34 drubbing of No. 8 Old Mill, Markiewicz made sure to point out that the hook-and-ladder touchdown his team scored was all him.
The touchdown, a 16-yard pass from Arundel quarterback Jack Gordon to wide receiver Tyler Young followed by a lateral to wide receiver Dillon Tighe for the remaining 23 yards, gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game with 1.6 seconds left in the first half. It was the third in a string of six straight Arundel touchdowns that turned a 27-19 Old Mill lead into a 53-27 Arundel advantage late in the third quarter.
“I think after that play, that was the game. I think the momentum completely switched. They thought they were going to have at least the lead going into the half, and it just completely switched and that was it.”
Gordon, who typically splits time at quarterback with fellow senior Cooper Hibbs, got nearly every meaningful snap Friday night, throwing for 371 yards and five touchdowns against the Patriots and rushing for one more. Gordon’s top target was Young, who caught four touchdowns, three from Gordon, and finished the game with 200 receiving yards.
As a group, Arundel recorded 629 yards of total offense against Old Mill, 430 of which came through the air. The Wildcats’ big night on offense dwarfed what would have otherwise been a strong performance from an Old Mill offense that received 291 passing yards from sophomore quarterback Brady Ludwig. The Patriots had entered the game with 19 straight wins, the longest active streak among Maryland public school teams. Ultimately though, Old Mill’s defense couldn’t keep pace with Arundel’s up-tempo attack.
“That’s the goal. Lactic acid. Get them in oxygen debt,” Markiewicz said. “That’s what we try to do to all of our opponents. They hung around a lot longer than most, which is a credit to them. . . . We have a tremendous amount of respect for them. We beat a good team tonight.”
After preaching focus and level-headedness this past week, Markiewicz said he would continue to try to keep his team on an even keel with Broadneck and Severna Park on the schedule the next two weeks. Young, grinning after the game, said the Wildcats perfected that balance Friday night.
“Our coach has that saying about confident and overconfident,” Young said. “We walked that fine line, and I think we walked it with that correct swag and not that overconfidence. Once we got on a roll they couldn’t stop us.”