Little Beard big key in Old Mill's success HIGH SCHOOLS


One of the smallest players at Old Mill has been making some of the biggest plays.

Rufus Beard, Old Mill's 5-foot-7, 140-pound safety/kick returner, was the big-play specialist in the third-ranked Patriots' 22-7 win over No. 18 Meade on Friday.

In addition to a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, Beard had an interception, knocked down two other passes and made three unassisted tackles.

"If you're scared, you're small," Beard said. "If your heart is big, you don't have to worry about size."

For the season, Beard has three interceptions and 10 unassisted tackles.

"And that's at safety, so most of those [tackles] are touchdown-savers," Old Mill coach Pete Regala said.

Records, streaks, milestones

* Top-ranked Wilde Lake's 21-0 win over Oakland Mills on Saturday extended the area's longest winning streak to 17. No. 2 Randallstown had its 16-game winning streak ended by Perry Hall, 16-7, on Friday.

* Sparrows Point's 37-28 loss to Kenwood on Friday extended the area's longest losing streak to 16.

* Archbishop Spalding's winless streak reached 24 after Saturday's 35-14 loss to St. Mary's.

* Towson coach Bob Davis became the area's fourth coach this season to record his 100th career victory. Towson defeated Loch Raven, 35-14, on Friday, to improve Davis' career mark to 100-109.

* Atholton quarterback Brian Van Deusen set school records for passing yardage (232) and touchdown passes (four) in Saturday's 42-18 win over Mount Hebron.

Hereford and Dulaney each suffered its fourth consecutive shutout Friday. Hereford also was shut out in its final game last season.

It probably won't get any easier for Hereford this weekend when the Bulls play No. 13 Chesapeake of Baltimore County. Chesapeake had scored 109 unanswered points over 11 quarters before allowing a touchdown to Pikesville on Friday.

Dulaney had apparently ended its drought against Northeast on Friday, but Dan Boylan's 30-yard touchdown run was called back due to a clipping penalty.

Can't win them all

After defeating Lackey of Charles County in his debut as Randallstown head coach last season, John Buchheister said: "To get that first win lets you take a deep breath. Sooner or later, you're going to lose, but it's good to win the first one."

Buchheister went on to win 16 straight and the Class 4A state championship before losing to Perry Hall.

"It couldn't go on forever," Buchheister said after Friday's game.

Buchheister was the area's winningest coach in the 1980s, compiling an 87-22 record (.798) at Milford Mill. The Millers are 5-9 since Buchheister's departure.

Neverdon? Who's that?

Anticipating that Loch Raven would key on Towson running back Tex DeLeon, coach Bob Davis moved split end Davon Neverdon into the backfield for Friday's game.

Good move, coach.

Neverdon rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Generals.

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