Old Mill's Josh Furman had never been a fan of the rain. After yesterday, he probably can't wait for it to rain again.
The junior rushed for 168 yards on 25 carries and scored a game-changing touchdown as the sixth-ranked Patriots (7-1, 7-1) exorcised some demons and defeated Broadneck, 27-21, in an Anne Arundel County league game.
"They've beaten us pretty good lately, so it's good to get one from them," Furman said. "It was a good, hard-fought game, but we were up to the challenge."
The Bruins have ended the Patriots' season in the playoffs two of the past three seasons, so the win was even more special for Old Mill.
"The have pretty much been the class of our county for the past 10 years, and they've beat the heck out of us," Patriots coach Damian Ferragamo said. "I hope we buried some demons today."
Old Mill dominated early, holding the Bruins (5-3, 5-3) to 16 yards and two first downs (one by penalty) in the first half. With 5:19 left in the third quarter, the Patriots held a 12-0 lead in the driving rain.
Then the Bruins - and Ferragamo's demons - came charging back.
A 6-yard pass from Broadneck quarterback Kyle Colleran (10 of 16 passing for 105 yards) to Zach Treakle cut the lead to 12-7 with 11 seconds left in the third quarter. On their next possession, the Bruins scored again, this time using a 1-yard run by Colleran to take a 14-12 lead with 9:35 left in the game.
It was then that Furman took over. After a short kickoff gave the Patriots the ball at their 35-yard line, Furman took a direct snap and burst through the middle of the line for a 65-yard touchdown. After a two-point conversion on a run by Jason Clements, the Patriots found themselves back on top, 20-14, just 15 seconds after giving up the lead.
Old Mill added to the margin on its next possession, when Clements ran off tackle for 18 yards to extend the lead to 27-14 with 2:02 left. The Bruins scored a late touchdown on a 10-yard run by Colleran with 48 seconds remaining in the game but could get no closer.
The victory puts the Patriots in great shape for the playoffs, but Ferragamo says Old Mill needs to take care of its own situation and not worry about the playoff points.
"The playoff points are like the BCS [in college football]," he said. "You can worry so much about who's beating who that you don't take care of your own situation. We're in a good position, but we just need to keep winning and we'll get in."
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