No. 2 Old Mill football advances to state semis with win over No. 5 Arundel

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Old Mill's David Marrocco didn't just manage the game in Friday's Class 4A East region final against Arundel.

Marrocco connected with Camari Wilkerson for a pair of touchdown passes and ran for two more to lead the No. 2 Patriots to a 26-21 win over the No. 5 Wildcats. Old Mill (10-2) won its 10th straight game since starting the season 0-2 and won its fourth regional title since 2005. Marrocco also ran for 69 yards on 16 carries.

"David did a great job tonight," Old Mill coach Chad McCormick said. "When his number got dialed up, he made a few plays in the passing game and he made a few plays with his feet as well. He's done a great job managing our offense throughout this stretch."

Although he didn't get in the end zone for the second straight week, Donovan Franklin ran for 179 yards on 36 carries for the Patriots, who ran for 267 yards as a team.

"Donovan is a great running back, and he runs real hard," Marrocco said. "He gets a lot of extra yards and first downs and helps open up play action."

The Patriots took the early lead when Marrocco hit Wilkerson for a 58-yard touchdown to make it 6-0 four minutes into the game. Wilkerson caught the ball at the Arundel 40, dodged a defender and raced the rest of the way to put Old Mill on the board.

The Wildcats were moving the ball late in the quarter but were forced to settle for a 37-yard field-goal attempt in the opening minute of the second. After a high snap, Austin Burns' attempt was blocked to turn the ball over to the Patriots.

Old Mill mounted a 13-play, 69-yard drive that ate up nearly seven minutes, and the Patriots went up 13-0 when Marrocco scored from a yard out. They picked up a pair of third downs on short runs by Marrocco, who carried five times for 17 yards on the drive.

The Wildcats (10-2) appeared to gain momentum as halftime approached. Andrew Cassard returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown that made it 13-7 with 1:40 left in the half.

But Old Mill's Brady Ludwig recovered the ensuing onside kick at the Old Mill 45 and the Patriots were in the end zone four plays later when Marrocco and Wilkerson hooked up for a 15-yard touchdown that gave the Patriots a 20-7 lead.

Marrocco ran for 40 yards on 10 carries in the half, while Franklin led the Patriots with 17 carries for 80 yards.

Arundel threatened to cut into the lead on its first drive of the second half, but Anthony Messenger's pass to James Taylor was intercepted by James Venerable in the end zone.

Old Mill increased its lead to 26-7 early in the fourth when Marrocco scored from 2 yards out for his second touchdown of the game. The score capped a nine-play, 72-yard drive that included a one-handed grab by Malik Hicks for a 37-yard gain on third-and-long from midfield.

The Wildcats made it interesting with a pair of touchdowns in a six-minute span of the fourth quarter, but Wilkerson recovered an onside kick and the Patriots ran out the clock.

"If it can't be us, they're from Anne Arundel County and we're going to pull for them," Arundel coach Chuck Markiewicz said. "That's just the way it goes."

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