Tie costs No. 1 Oakland Mills title; Centennial gets 1-1 draw, gives River Hill crown


Centennial reinforced its position as a state Class 2A title contender and denied No. 1-ranked Oakland Mills its first Howard County championship since 1988 by tying the Scorpions, 1-1, in double overtime yesterday at Oakland Mills.

The tie, coupled with River Hill's 3-0 victory over Howard, allowed the defending champion Hawks to claim the county title outright instead of sharing it with Oakland Mills.

Centennial (7-4-2 overall, 6-1-2 league) could have won the county title outright had Oakland Mills and River Hill both lost yesterday.

Oakland Mills coach Don Shea chose to honor his team's strong tradition of Senior Day, however, and started all seniors, four of whom are substitutes. It was one of those subs who was beaten for Centennial's only goal.

Sophomore Vincent Chan scored on a crossing pass in the 21st minute for the Eagles.

Brian Grund scored Oakland Mills' goal in the 38th minute.

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