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Baltimore-area varsity football notes: Milford Mill's secondary standing out

Teams might not want to put the ball in the air against No. 7 Milford Mill. In just five games, the Millers have picked off 16 passes.

Richard Akers III has four interceptions. Desmond Shell and Skylar Baker have three each.

Millers coach Reggie White said he doesn’t know whether his defenders are on a school-record pace for interceptions, but they picked off seven passes two weeks ago in a 61-0 win over Perry Hall.

The Millers (5-0) have allowed just one passing touchdown this fall.

“It’s just a combination of the defensive pressure, the ‘D’ line getting a little bit of pressure, and those DBs being hawks out there. They’re just going crazy. I’m really enjoying it,” said White, whose team has allowed just 28 total points.

It’s all about the playoff points

The season has reached its midpoint, and the playoff picture is becoming a bit clearer, although a lot can happen in the final five weeks.

Seven local teams are in first place in their regions and all are undefeated: Broadneck (Class 4A East), Milford Mill (3A North), Chesapeake-AA (3A East), Glenelg (2A South), Edmondson (2A North), Dunbar (1A North) and Havre de Grace (1A East).

One regional that could go down to the final game before all four teams clinch their spots: Class 3A East. Broadneck, North Point and Arundel are in the top three spots, but Annapolis, Old Mill and South River are all 3-2 and within two-tenths of a point of each other in the battle for the fourth spot. Severna Park (2-3) is likely still in the race as well.

St. Frances and Mother Nature come to terms

No. 1 St. Frances finally completed a game Friday night after storms and rain cut short or canceled the Panthers’ first three games.

St. Frances defeated Life Christian Academy from Virginia, 51-6, at Utz Field in Patterson Park to improve to 2-0. The Panthers’ only other win was a rain-shortened 41-6 victory over Christ the King from New York three weeks ago.

Still, the Panthers have the talent to overcome the short schedule in the national polls. They remain No. 7 in USA Today’s Super 25. They’ve also been No. 1 in the Maryland state media poll all season.

In Friday night’s game, they spread out the offensive fireworks as Isaiah Hardy scored twice, John Griffith threw two touchdown passes and Traeshon Holden threw a touchdown pass and caught one. Joachim Bangda and Blake Corum each ran for a touchdown and Jordan Jakes caught one.

Prolific scorers

A handful of Baltimore-area teams are averaging more than 40 points per game.

No. 8 Glenelg leads the way with 215 points, an average of 43. No. 13 Arundel, Harford Tech, Milford Mill and Mount Saint Joseph also lead their leagues in scoring with more than 200 points each.

St. Frances, however, has the area’s best scoring average, with 46 points in its first two games.

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