Arundel coach Chuck Markiewicz thought his team seemed a bit nervous in the first part of Friday night's game at Old Mill. But once the Wildcats settled down, they took command.
No. 6 Old Mill jumped out to a 14-point lead midway through the second quarter. That's when Arundel quarterback Jack Gordon and wide receiver Tyler Young helped the Wildcats make numerous big plays and score 40 consecutive points en route to a 66-34 rout which ended the Patriots' 19-game winning streak.
That streak was the Baltimore area's longest active one, and Old Mill (5-1) looked to be on their way to another victory when it took a 27-13 lead in the first half. That's when everything began to change.
"This is the first time under the lights for some of these kids," Markiewicz said. "What we found out was these guys are just like anyone else."
Gordon threw for 385 yards and six touchdowns, five of which came in the first half. He threw for four scores in a 25-point second quarter for the Wildcats.
Young seemed to be everywhere Friday night. He finished with 12 catches for 300 yards, including four touchdowns and the beginning of a hook-and-lateral play that gave Arundel (6-0) the lead, 32-27, with 1.6 seconds left in the first half.
"We were a little bit too nervous," said Young, who's also the kicker. "Everyone got loose and started playing [better]."
Gordon also said the Wildcats remembered what happened last year, when Old Mill handed them a tough 47-10 loss.
The Patriots went on to win a state championship, but it's a new team and a different season at Arundel. Gordon said the Wildcats came in with confidence.
"It's really nice when everything's clicking," Gordon said. "We knew we could do what we do."
The game changed in the final five minutes of the second quarter when the Wildcats started that 40-point run.
Gordon threw a pair of touchdown passes, and the defense stopped the Patriots twice, giving the Wildcats the ball back at their own 37 with 44.8 seconds left in the half.
But Arundel faced a fourth-and-10 from Old Mill's 39-yard line. Markiewicz said he doesn't often call trick plays but pulled out the hook-and-lateral. Gordon threw a quick pass to Young, who flipped it to Dillon Tighe. The wide receiver easily ran it in for a touchdown.
"I think that kind of changed the momentum," Markiewicz said.
The Wildcats stretched the lead to 53-27 in the third quarter before Old Mill scored again. Old Mill quarterback Brady Ludwig threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, but the Patriots offense couldn't move much after that.
"It was [good] at the beginning of the game," Old Mill coach Chad McCormick said. "But you've got to play four quarters of football, and we didn't do that."
Arundel 66, Old Mill 34
A 7 25 21 13-66
OM 13 14 7 0-34
OM- Brown 1 run (kick blocked)
A-Young 11 pass from Gordon (Young kick)
OM-Young 77 pass from Ludwig (Dagg kick)
A- Ghiardi 4 pass from Gordon (kick failed)
OM-Hicks 55 pass from Ludwig (Dagg kick)
OM- Brown 33 run (Dagg kick)
A-Lewis-Cenales 18 pass from Gordon (kick blocked)
A-Young 66 pass from Gordon (pass failed)
A-Tighe 24 lateral from Young (Young kick)
A- Hibbs 1 run (Young kick)
A--Davis 30 run (Young kick)
A- Gordon 9 run (Young kick)
OM-Brown 23 run (Dagg kick)
A-Young 35 pass from Gordon (Young kick)
A-Young 50 pass from Hibbs (kick failed)