A miscommunication forced Old Mill to call timeout before its first play from scrimmage Friday night against Broadneck. Old Mill didn't have the right players on the field but quickly fixed everything, and Demond Brown raced for a 71-yard touchdown on that opening play.
The host Patriots didn't have much trouble after that. Brown finished with 161 yards rushing and three touchdowns, and Rob Chesson added 149 yards rushing and another score to help No. 5 Old Mill roll to a 31-7 victory over No. 4 Broadneck in an Anne Arundel County game.
Old Mill (9-1, 9-1) secured the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A East region and will host Broadneck (8-2, 8-2) again in a first-round playoff game next week. The Patriots lost to the Bruins, 44-38, in the final game of the regular season last year but bounced back in the playoffs to win the Class 4A state title.
Old Mill kept it simple on this night. The Patriots kept using Brown and Chesson in a bunch of straightforward running plays that the Bruins just couldn't stop. The two of them combined for 310 yards rushing as part of the team's 389 yards of total offense.
"We didn't run anything different than we've run all year," said Old Mill coach Damian Ferragamo. "Our offensive line did a great job on their linebackers [because] they get there in a bad mood."
Brown's first touchdown gave Old Mill a 7 -0 lead with 8:05 left in the first quarter.
"I definitely thought it set the tone," Brown said. "It definitely got a lot of our players motivated."
Brown also scored on a 5-yard touchdown on the team's second possession for a 14-0 first-quarter lead. Brown later bulled in from 3 yards out in the third quarter.
Chesson got a 16-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, as Old Mill took a 24-7 halftime lead. He broke off several long runs as the Patriots scored on their first four possessions and never punted. Ferragamo credited linemen Corey Beall, Alex Dembinski and Teddy Marshall — a guard who had to move to center in this game — with strong efforts.
"We just had to come out and play strong," Chesson said. "We just pounded it down their throats."
Broadneck's only touchdown came when quarterback James Mullis snuck in from a yard out in the second quarter. That cut the Old Mill lead to 14-7, but Alex Sears kicked a 28-yard field goal for the Patriots on the next drive to put them back in command.
The Bruins couldn't find a rhythm on offense, especially in the second half when they gained just 22 yards after posting 151 in the first half.
"They played like a state championship team and we didn't," said Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick. "But next week starts a … new season."
B 0 7 0 0 — 7
O 14 10 7 0 — 31
O—Brown 71 run (Sears kick)
O—Brown 6 run (Sears kick)
B—Mullis 1 run (A. Greene kick)
O—Sears 28 FG
O—Chesson 16 run (Sears kick)
O—Brown 3 run (Sears kick)