It was nice while it lasted and brutal how it ended. Milford Mill had its six-game winning streak snapped by visiting Huntingtown, of Calvert County, 34-6, in a Class 3A state semifinal on Saturday afternoon.
With the victory, the Hurricanes advance to play River Hill Thursday at M&T Bank Stadium at 7 p.m.
Huntingtown (12-1) used an explosive rushing attack to pull away from the Millers in the third quarter after leading, 6-0, at halftime on two Noah Reeves field goals.
The visitors ripped Milford Mill for 418 yards rushing on a whopping 60 carries.
Senior running back Carl Riffe rushed for 221 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries, all in the second half. Teammate Arnez Bowers ran for a score and 112 yards on 18 attempts.
“We got beat up, up front,” Milford Mill coach Reggie White said. “It was just their (power) blocking scheme.”
Running back Jamaal Morant gave Milford Mill (11-2) a spark on its first offensive play of the second half, running up the middle for 38 yards.
Later, however, the Millers had a 26-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Kyle McEachern to Mike Jones wiped out because of an illegal formation penalty.
There would be more bad news for the Millers after Bowers got his team rolling and found the end zone on a 7-yard run to cap a 13-play (12 runs), 80-yard drive.
Riffe then boosted the Hurricanes lead to 19-0 early in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard touchdown run.
“We have a lot of depth at the running back position,” Huntingtown coach Brendan Galligan said. “It was just one of those games where we were trying to find the hot hand. Whoever it was, we were going to ride them. We gave Carl a chance and he ran with it.”
Huntingtown increased its margin to 26-0 with 7:44 remaining on Riffe’s second rushing touchdown ‹ a 9 yarder.
Milford Mill trimmed the advantage to 27-6 on the next play, scoring on Jones¹ 49-yard reverse.
About five minutes later, Riffe finished the scoring on a 1-yard run.
The Millers had a great chance to jump on Huntingtown early in the first quarter when Reggie White Jr. and Jones recovered fumbles in the first 3:20 in Huntington territory, but Milford couldn’t capitalize.
Huntington stopped Milford on 4th-and-2 on the 19, then the Hurricanes recovered a Morant fumble on 4th-and-7 from the 18.
Huntingtown did a good job of slowing down McEachern, who is being recruited by Towson, Howard and Delaware State universities. He came into the game boasting a combined 2,055 yards with 27 touchdowns through the air and on the ground.
McEachern finished the game with 48 yards rushing on eight carries and 59 yards passing, completing seven of 13 attempts.
“You never have a speech ready for the end of the season — especially on loss,” White said. “I just feel bad for my seniors. We had an awesome, fun-filled season. We won 11 games.”