Old Mill's defense more than rose to occasion while its offense rode the arm of Steve Johnson in the first half and the legs of Kelvin Collins in the second on the way to a 41-14 rout of upstart Glen Burnie.
Johnson completed four of 13 passes for 115 yards in the first half, including a 69-yard touchdown to Seth Keil.
Collins carried 10 times for 37 yards in the first half, but scored twice and exploded for two more touchdowns (10 on season) in the second half, including a 66-yarder, to finish the night with 155 yards on 16 carries.
"They put nine, 10 men in the box and dared us to throw," said Old Mill coach Mike Marcus.
The No. 9-ranked Patriots retained the William Padfield Trophy in the 25th renewal of the series that began in 1976 with the opening of Old Mill.
With the victory, the Patriots' 3-0 start is their best since a 3-1 in 1996 and a 5-0 in '91. It gave them a 14-11 lead in the series and was Old Mill's fifth win in a row over the Gophers (0-3), tying the series-record winning streak set by Glen Burnie from 1991-95.
The Old Mill defense did something that Severna Park and Arundel could not do, and that is stop Glen Burnie's gifted junior quarterback Keith Williams, who put up big numbers in 28-26 and 27-26 losses, respectively.
The Pats showed a variety of looks, kept intense pressure on the speedy Williams, sacking him six times for over 50 yards in losses, and flooded his passing lanes, holding him to under 90 yards passing and just 88 yards running on 16 carries."[Defensive] Coach Scott Harmon did a great job, and has the last three weeks," said Marcus.
"Williams is just a great, great athlete. We were fortunate enough to do the job we did tonight because he's going to make a lot of people miss."
Old Mill defensive end Brandon Jefferson had three sacks and was in on another.
After Williams scored on a 30-yard scamper with 6:17 left to cut the deficit to 27-14, the Gophers got an interception from Kion Smith to halt an Old Mill drive at the Glen Burnie 10.
With hope alive, Williams dropped back to pass, and as he was being smothered by Kerry Blake, his pass hung in the air and was gathered in by 6-2, 240-pound junior lineman Mike McAdory. McAdory lumbered into the end zone to break the backs of the Gophers with 2:30 left in the third period, making it 34-14.
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