After accomplishing a football rarity by keeping the ball for the entire third quarter, No. 6 Old Mill didn't execute Part 2 of its plan and keep No. 4 Arundel from scoring.
Instead the host Wildcats' do-everything quarterback Nick Elko answered with a 55-yard touchdown dash to propel Arundel to a 24-7 victory.
Elko ran for two touchdowns and 139 yards on 18 attempts, completed 13 of 26 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown (his 24th), kicked three extra points and a 25-yard field goal, and punted six times for an average of 42.2 yards. "I kept thinking about last year's [18-12] playoff loss to them and really wanted this," Elko said.
"They have an excellent defense, but we figured out a few things at the half. Of course, we never got the ball in the third period."
Arundel (8-0) has clinched a playoff berth in the Class 4A East and with two games left has virtually sealed the top seed and home field advantage in the regional.
Old Mill (6-2) is second in the 4A East.
Down by 14-0 at the half after Arundel capitalized on two Patriots turnovers in the first quarter, Old Mill went on a 22-play drive that ate up all 12 minutes of the third period, with quarterback Grant Enders driving the Patriots from their own 11-yard line to the Arundel 3 as time ran out in the period.
The Patriots' Jason Clements then scored on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 14-7.
But after the kickoff, Elko completed a pass for no gain, then on second down from the Arundel 45 he raced 55 yards for a touchdown to give the Wildcats a 21-7 lead. Elko later added a field goal.
"He can run the football and is a load," Old Mill coach Damian Ferragamo said. "I don't know what his passing stats were, but it seemed whenever he wanted to run, he had a first down."
In the first quarter, Elko threw a 25-yard scoring pass to Brandon Johnson-Farrell, and then after an interception by Mike Inyang, Elko scored from the 8.
No. 1 River Hill 49, Marriotts Ridge 6 -- Malek Redd rushed for three touchdowns and Michael Campanaro added two touchdowns and more than 200 all-purpose yards to lead the Hawks (8-0) over the Mustangs (5-3). River Hill led 42-0 at halftime and has yet to be scored on in the first half.
No. 8 Hereford 52, Woodlawn 8 -- Lonnie Liggins carried 10 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulls (8-0) routed the Warriors (3-5). Hereford's defense was dominant, as the Bulls totaled 52 points with only 325 yards on offense. "It was a total team effort. The defense and special teams played very well. The running game was also very effective," Bulls assistant coach Joe Bosley said.
Joppatowne 33, Edgewood 0 -- Tavon Henley carried 12 times for 151 yards and a touchdown to lead the Mariners (7-1), who clinched the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship with their win against the Rams (4-4). "I was very proud of our defense, because shutting any team out, especially one as good as Edgewood, it's an outstanding effort," Joppatowne coach Bill Waibel said.
Sun reporters contributed to this article.