The usually potent Milford Mill offense could muster only two sustained drives last night against No. 15 Franklin. But that was enough to pull out a victory.
Ivan Mitchell turned a screen pass from Kevin Fulton into a 43-yard touchdown with 7:26 left to give the Millers a 13-7 victory over the Indians in a Baltimore County football game at Reisterstown Regional Park.
Franklin dominated most of the game, sticking with a ball-control offense that used large chunks of time and kept the Milford Mill offense off the field. The Indians ran 66 plays and gained 258 yards while the Millers (7-1) ran only 32 plays for 157 yards and six first downs.
Franklin (5-3) took a 7-0 lead on Carl Fleming's 8-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. But despite making only two first downs and gaining just 39 yards in the first half, Milford Mill stayed close - and tied the score when Tyrek Cheeseboro returned the second-half kickoff for a 72-yard touchdown.
The Millers started making offensive adjustments, one coming after they blocked a field-goal attempt 15 seconds into the fourth quarter. Fulton started moving the offense, and the big play came when he tossed a quick screen to Mitchell on the right side.
The speedy senior made quick cuts to shake off Franklin defenders to run for the touchdown. That capped an eight-play, 67-yard drive. The Millers then ran out the final 3:11, using eight more plays to gain 57 yards, the only two good drives they had all night.
"We made some switches, and we caught a break on that screen," Milford Mill coach Reggie White said. "And Ivan made a lot of good moves on that screen."
Mitchell wanted to atone for his first-quarter fumble on a punt that led to the Franklin touchdown.
"I promised my teammates that I would make it up to them," Mitchell said. "I saw the guys coming, so I made a hard cut, and I just kept breaking tackles."