The biggest issue facing the 2013 Oakland Mills squad is inconsistency, said Coach Thomas Browne. But that might not be the worst thing for the Scorpions after the past two seasons.
The smallest school in Howard County was unfortunately consistent with a 1-9 season in 2011 followed by a 0-10 showing last year. This year’s team started off the season with a win against Long Reach to end a 17-game losing streak. Then they bounced back from three consecutive losses for a 52-21 win at Marriotts Ridge.
A 2-3 record doesn’t necessarily show consistency, but it does show potential.
“We’re more experienced this year, and we’ve got kids that were playing a lot of positions last year and coming of age a little bit,” Browne said. “We can’t compare this year’s team to last year’s. We’re focusing on what’s going on right now.”
The Scorpions rushed for 378 yards Friday for the first showing over 200 yards this season. Much of Oakland Mills’s offensive strategy is based on where junior quarterback David Pindell is excelling on a game-to-game basis.
“In any game, if you see success, you’re going to go back to it,” Browne said of emphasizing the running game after the first half against the Mustangs. “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”
The Scorpions struggled with staying strong on both sides of the ball in those three losses, Brown said, but the defense was the reason for Friday’s win. The Mustangs were one point ahead at halftime but were held scoreless in the second half.
“We finally played a second half of football,” said senior wide receiver Dershone Hayman. “All the games we lost we played a great first half. In this game we were focused on trusting each other more, trusting them enough that the person behind me can step up and make plays.”
Hayman, a three-year varsity starter and two-time captain, is determined to keep the momentum going into Friday’s homecoming game against Glenelg (4-1) and beyond.
“We have to win all the last couple of games,” Hayman said. “We’re tired of losing and we need to show we’re not just a team getting lucky and we can only beat the bad teams.”
River Hill (5-0) is now the sole undefeated team in the county after a 42-8 win at Mount Hebron (0-5) and previously undefeated Howard (4-1) lost, 35-20, at Glenelg. Atholton remains winless after a 23-12 loss to Wilde Lake (3-2) and Centennial improved to 4-1 in a 34-7 win against Long Reach (1-4).