All-Metro quarterback Richard Johnson rushed for one touchdown and threw for two others as third-ranked Milford Mill overcame a two-point deficit at halftime to defeat 14th-ranked Eastern Tech, 26-14, in a Baltimore County 3A-4A League game at Essex Community College last night.
Down 14-6 and facing fourth-and-seven late in the second quarter, Johnson eluded several would-be tacklers to complete a 41-yard scoring pass to diving Brandon Thompson in the left side of the end zone.
Johnson's 10-yard scoring pass to Thompson with 8: 56 left in the third period gave the Millers (9-0 overall, 8-0 league) the lead for good, 18-14. Facing fourth-and-10 with 2: 31 to play, Johnson escaped a defender's grasp in the backfield and zig-zagged 31 yards for the game's final touchdown. His conversion pass to Renard Stancil closed the deal.
The Millers had used a trick play -- Stancil's 23-yard scoring reception from running back Jermere Simms -- to pull within 7-6 late in the first quarter.
Eastern Tech, last year's Class 3A state runner-up, took a 7-0 lead when Steve Lawston returned the game-opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. The Mavericks (6-3, 4-3) led 14-6 early in the second period after Jason Hartman's 20-yard run was followed by Brad Newell's second extra-point kick.
The loss eliminated Eastern Tech from playoff contention. The Millers, who entered the game in line for a Class 3A playoff berth, face No. 2 Randallstown next Saturday in a game that should determine the league champion.
Milford Mill junior Ryan Roundtree suffered a broken right fibula with about 1: 03 to play.
No. 1 Gilman 41, St. Mary's 0: Malcolm Ruff rushed 14 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns as the visiting Greyhounds (9-0) shut out the Saints (3-5) for their 20th win in a row and clinched their second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title.
No. 4 Hereford 49, Pikesville 8: Matt Curtis rushed for 162 yards and four touchdowns to power the Bulls (9-0) past the Panthers (7-2) at Catonsville Community College. Sean Wdowiak completed 10 of 18 passes and became the first Hereford quarterback to pass for more than 1,000 yards with 1,003.
Hereford had a school-record 540 total yards.
Bulls running back-defensive end C. J. Feldheim suffered a season-ending broken leg on a fumble recovery as the first half ended.
No. 7 Howard 29, Centennial 23: Antuan Jones scored two touchdowns, and Gerald Smith and Travis Irving combined for 187 rushing yards as the host Lions (8-1, 7-1) held off the Eagles (3-6, 2-6) in a Howard County League game. Centennial's David Paolisso had four catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 9 Edmondson 66, Northwestern 0: Raytron Leak returned a kickoff, fumble recovery and interception for touchdowns for the host Redskins (9-0).
No. 11 Patterson 14, Poly 6: Tony Smithson scored two touchdowns, and Rashidi Scott had 12 tackles and a sack as the Clippers (8-1) edged the Engineers.
No. 15 Fallston 29, Havre de Grace 0: Nate Liebel and Dave Gonano each ran for two touchdowns as the visiting Cougars (9-0, 6-0) secured at least a tie for the Harford County championship, first in school history.
Hereford 4, Poly 0: Kyle McKim and Jordan Alterkuse each had a goal and an assist in the visiting Bulls' (6-5) Class 2A North first-round game.
Catonsville 1, Owings Mills 0: Nick China's goal sent the visiting Comets (4-10) into the Class 2A North quarterfinals.
Hammond 11, Central 0: George Phillips had four goals and three assists to lead the Bears (2-8-1) to victory in the opening round of the Class 2A South playoffs. Brad Routh scored twice and assisted on two more goals for Hammond.
No. 1 John Carroll 2, Maryvale 0: The top-ranked Patriots (17-1-1) won on goals by Courtney Porcella and Katie Whelehan.
No. 3 McDonogh 5, Mount de Sales 0: Lisa Zanti scored twice and assisted on another goal, and Rachel Engle contributed three assists for the Eagles (15-5).
No. 4 River Hill 7, Wilde Lake 1: The visiting Hawks (14-1) got goals from seven players in their Class 3A East playoff opener.
No. 6 St. Mary's 3, Bryn Mawr 0: Mary Key and Kerie Sample scored in the 25th and 38th minutes, respectively, to lead the host Saints (12-3-2).
No. 7 Notre Dame Prep 3, Catholic 0: Megan Schwartz scored the first and last goals for the visiting Pirates (11-3-1).
No. 9 Hereford 12, Poly 1: Hollis Botti and Sarah Stultz each had three goals and three assists as the visiting Bulls (11-1-2) advanced to the Class 2A North quarterfinals.
C. Milton Wright 5, Meade 2: Erica Kiss and Ally Slater each had a goal and an assist in the Mustangs' Class 4A East win.
Catonsville 1, Owings Mills 0: Julie Greenwalt's goal in the 38th minute lifted the Comets into the Class 2A North quarterfinals.
Havre de Grace 2, Pikesville 1: First-half goals by Rebecca Wren and Jessica Gainey lifted the visiting Warriors in Class 1A North.
No. 3 Bryn Mawr 1, No. 4 St. Paul's 0: Miles Whitman scored the only goal for the Mawrtians (18-1).
Notre Dame Prep 1, St. Mary's 1: Lauren Keller (NDP) and Lana Smith (St. Mary's) had the game's only goals.
Owings Mills 1, Atholton 0: Stacey Berman converted off an assist from Jen Asher as the Eagles (6-1-5) handed the Raiders their 26th straight loss in a Class 2A South quarterfinal game.