Old Mill came into last night's game against Annapolis as a decided underdog, but the Patriots did not play that way even though they fell to the Panthers, 30-22.
Thanks to some super plays and a few gifts from Annapolis, Old Mill had a chance to tie the score late in the fourth quarter.
Annapolis (7-1) scored a touchdown with 8:07 left when Shawn Taylor carried the ball in from 3 yards out. Clint Wilson's extra point gave the Panthers a 30-7 lead, but the Patriots came back.
After the teams exchanged turnovers, the Patriots (1-7) took possession on the Panthers' 28. A 15-yard run by Mike Miller on the third play of the drive got the ball to the 3, where Brian Jones took two plays to get the ball in and pull the Patriots to 30-14 after Wes Whalen's extra point.
Old Mill was not yet through. Whalen executed a perfect onside kick which was fumbled by Annapolis and recovered by Old Mill at its 47.
George Epps threw two incomplete passes before Mike Longazel broke a 32-yard run to the Panthers' 21. Kevin Montgomery and Miller combined for 8- and 13-yard runs, respectively, with Miller going the decisive 13 yards for the touchdown. Epps hit David Butterworth in the back of the end zone for two points, and the Patriots were suddenly one score away.
On the first play, Annapolis gave them a chance when Taylor fumbled. The Patriots recovered and took over on their 39. But the Annapolis defense held, limiting the Patriots to 2 yards on the series.
The final chapter of the comeback fizzled when Old Mill gained only 2 yards on its second-to-last possession and had only one play with 11 seconds left.
Annapolis tried to shake the Patriots early. Taylor scored two touchdowns and Wilson added a field goal to make it 16-0, but the Patriots did not quit, going on a seven-play, 63-yard drive capped by a 9-yard touchdown pass from Epps to Tony Crowder to make it 16-7 at the half.
Annapolis 7 9 7 7 -- 30
Old Mill .0 7 15 0 -- 22