On a night when Kenwood set out to show the local football world it was for real, No. 8 Milford Mill on Friday had other plans.
The visiting No. 8 Millers took full advantage of mistakes by the error-prone Bluebirds, scoring the game's first 33 points in a 39-20 win.
"We knew they were 4-0, coming to their house. They had their swag level a little high, so we wanted to make sure we jumped on them," Millers coach Reggie White said. "We knew we were better than we've shown."
Senior running back Jamaal Morant scored three touchdowns for Milford Mill (4-1 overall, 2-0 in Baltimore County's Div. I), which now has won four straight since opening the season with a loss to North Hagerstown. The Millers have beaten Kenwood each of the past four years, allowing a total of 27 points in that span.
The Bluebirds (4-1, 1-1), seeking their first winning season since 2008, entered the night having outscored four overmatched opponents 149-7.
On this night, however, mistakes would be their undoing.
Time and again, Kenwood self-destructed with penalties, bad snaps and turnovers. And, each time, Milford Mill made the Bluebirds pay.
"We need to stop being so cocky and get our heads into the game," Kenwood quarterback Jaleel Feggins said. "This is a wake-up call for a lot of people. We didn't take this game serious like we were supposed to."
After forcing a punt on Kenwood's opening possession, Milford embarked on a protracted drive, aided by 35 yards in penalties, before quarterback Deonte White found 6 foot 3 senior Reggie White on a lob to the front corner of the endzone.
The Millers then quickly pulled away by taking advantage of botched snaps to the punter on each of Kenwood's next two possessions.
The first, following a snap over the head of Aaron Egner, led to a 15-yard scoring run up the middle by Morant. The second, following a short snap that bounced away and was recovered by Milford at the 6, led to a 6-yard run by Morant, extending the lead to 21-0.
With its upset hopes in shambles by midway through the second quarter, Kenwood seemed to finally get its offense in gear by turning to the short pass. After driving past midfield, however, the drive came to an end when Feggins' short pass over the middle was tipped and intercepted by linebacker Jordan Spencer.
On the very next play, White wound up and found White alone down the left sideline for a 51-yard touchdown.
By the time Morant scored on a 67-yard hook-and-lateral to open the second half, the Millers had extended their lead to 33-0.
Milford Mill 8 19 6 6 -- 39
Kenwood 0 0 7 13 -- 20
M-R. White 14 pass from D. White (Morant run)
M-Morant 15 run (Otero kick)
M-Morant 6 run (kick failed)
M-R. White pass from D. White (kick failed)
M-Morant 67 run (run failed)
K-Lewis 18 pass from Feggins (Egner kick)
M- Custis 9 run (pass failed)
K-Owens 58 run (Egner kick)
K-Thomspon 13 pass from Feggins (kick failed)