Oakland Mills is the quintessential big-play team and proved it again yesterday at Wilde Lake.
The No. 7 Scorpions (4-2 overall, 3-0 league) rallied from a 15-14 deficit in the third quarter to fend off the upset-minded Wildecats, 29-15.
Quarterback Irving Conwell, running back Fardan Carter and wide receiver Antiwan Jones each made several key offensive contributions.
"We just had too many weapons for them," Conwell said.
Conwell completed five of 12 passes for 91 yards and one touchdown -- a 29-yard pass to Gene McGill for Oakland Mills' first touchdown.
Conwell also threw the key block to spring Jones on a 51-yard touchdown run for Oakland Mills' second touchdown -- a reverse hand-off from Carter.
And Conwell made a crucial fourth-down tackle at the Oakland Mills 32-yard line, as Wilde Lake trailed 22-15 and was driving for a potential tying score.
Jones, who was double-teamed as a receiver, also caught a 27-yard pass leading to the first touchdown and had a 24-yard punt return.
"They did a good job of taking Antiwan [Jones] out of the game, so we had to find a way to get him into it and came up with the reverse," Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet said.
Carter carried 17 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns. He capped a seven-play, 42-yard drive with an 8-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter, and then ran for the conversion to put the Scorpions ahead, 22-15.
Then he capped a game-clinching 11-play, 68-yard fourth-quarter drive with a 5-yard touchdown run, leaving Wilde Lake only 3:11 left in which to rally.
Carter had a 73-yard touchdown run and another 13-yard run called back for penalties, or he would have had a 200-yard-plus rushing game.
On defense, Carter made an interception to snuff out Wilde Lake's final drive at Oakland Mills' 30-yard line.
Oakland Mills was hindered by 10 penalties for 105 yards.
The Scorpions, who didn't lose a fumble or throw an interception, also had two punts blocked that led to Wilde Lake scores.
Duane Kerr, called up from junior varsity three weeks ago, blocked both punts for Wilde Lake.
The first block, after Oakland Mills' first possession, gave Wilde Lake the ball on Oakland Mills' 27-yard line and led to a 28-yard field goal by Jeff Johnson.
The other block, early in the third quarter, gave Wilde Lake possession at Oakland Mills' 6-yard line and led to a go-ahead touchdown run by Kyle Leibe with 7:16 left in the third quarter.
Wilde Lake (4-2, 2-1), which had not turned the ball over in its last three games, fumbled late in the third quarter at its own 42-yard line to set up Oakland Mills' go-ahead touchdown drive.
Dain Lewis (15 carries, 85 yards), who had run for a 50-yard touchdown earlier, made the fumble.
"That was the big play," Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall said.
"We were in charge at that point. But they just had too many weapons."