Bethesda-Chevy Chase's big plays caused big trouble for Milford Mill yesterday.
The Barons scored early when John Fairman returned a blocked punt for a 28-yard touchdown. Dustin Hodgson set up another score moments later with a 60- yard run, and Joe Urso threw for touchdowns of 82 and 78 yards as Bethesda-Chevy Chase defeated No. 12 Milford Mill, 29-14, in a Class 2A state quarterfinal at Catonsville Community College.
Sixth-seeded Bethesda-Chevy Chase (11-0), which plays Linganore in a state semifinal later this week, got started when Fairman picked up the punt blocked by teammate Ade Galloway and scored with 7:17 left in the first quarter.
On the first play of the Barons' next possession, Hodgson (82 yards) slogged through the mud for a 60-yard run that put the Barons at the 4-yard line. He scored from a yard out two plays later for a 14-0 lead with 4:13 left in the first quarter.
"That kind of got the kids out of focus," said Milford Mill coach Reggie Brooks.
The combination of the Barons' strength and poor field conditions stopped third-seeded Milford Mill (8-3) from executing the running game that carried it throughout the season. Over half the ragged field was covered with mud, taking away much of the Milford Mill speed.
"The field was a huge factor," said Milford Mill running back Brandon Scarborough. "I couldn't get any footing in the mud. With the field conditions and their size, there wasn't too much we could do."
Scarborough, who came into the game with 1,200 yards rushing, finished with 56 yards on 11 carries. Thirty-six of the yards came on his final two carries -- including a 23-yard touchdown -- as the larger Bethesda-Chevy Chase line shut down the Milford Mill offense.
The Millers managed only 68 yards total offense and three first downs. They did not get a first down in the first half and could gain only eight yards -- despite running 24 plays.
Still, the Millers were close late in the first half. Brian Pettiford picked off an Urso pass and returned it for a 76-yard touchdown with 1:02 left in the first quarter to make it 14-6.
Scarborough then pinned the Barons deep with a 71-yard punt midway through the second quarter. But on a first-and-10 from the Bethesda 22-yard line, Urso (5- for-13, 213 yards and two touchdowns) found Tosin Adeboyeku open on a middle screen and the running back turned it into a 78-yard touchdown for a 20-6 lead.
Urso stretched the lead to 27-6 on the second play of the second half when he hit Hodgson over the middle as Pettiford was about to pick it off. Hodgson turned that into an 82-yard touchdown to seal the victory.
"This was a survival of the fittest," said Bethesda-Chevy Chase coach Pete White. "The big plays did it for us."