Commentary

Old Mill beats Wise at own game

Updated: December 5, 2009, 10:51 AM ET
By Mike Loveday & Sheldon Shealer | ESPN RISE

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Wise's defense was supposed to be the one everyone was talking about, but it was Old Mill who came up with the big stops and shut down the Puma's offense to come away with a 17-16 victory and the Class 4A state championship.

Class 4A Top Performers

BALTIMORE, Md. - Jason Clements will get many of the headlines, but there were several top performers from the Class 4A state championship game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

For Wise, Jabril Baldwin rushed for 113 yards on 15 carries; DeAndre Smith rushed for 64 yards and two touchdowns; Titus Till had an interception on defense.

For Old Mill: Jason Clements rushed for 164 yards on 40 carries; Joe Thorton threw for 73 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 60 more yards; AJ Butler had an interception on defense and Joe McCargo recorded a sack.

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-- Mike Loveday

Jason Clements rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown, Brad Cummings kicked his second game-winning field goal in three weeks and Old Mill's defense stifled Wise in the second half to come away with the victory.

After the Pumas rolled up 168 rushing yards in the first half, the Patriots held them to only 12 total yards in the third quarter and 34 total yards in the second half.

"In the first half I wasn't happy at all. We weren't running to the football." Old Mill head coach Damian Ferragamo said. "I have no idea [what defensive change they made] what they did. I have a great defensive coordinator, Joe Viola, who takes care of all of that. I heard him yelling at them, but I have no idea what he's doing."

The defensive effort allowed the Old Mill offense to cut into the 16-7 halftime deficit and with a 10:19 left in the game, Cummings kicked a 26-yard field goal to give Old Mill a 17-16 lead.

"I wasn't real happy about sticking him [Cummings] out there," Old Mill head coach Damien Ferragamo said. "He was solid for us for 11 games, but he's struggled the last three weeks. He missed four extra points against Arundel, but he came up huge for us tonight."

Cummings kicked nine field goals and converted 45 extra points this season. The senior kicked the game-winning field goal in the Patriots' 58-55 victory over Arundel in the region final two weeks ago.

In a game expected to be a defensive battle, the offenses took center stage in the first quarter. Chad Hicks returned a punt for 22 yards and then Clements carried the ball six times for 30 yards and a touchdown to put Old Mill up 7-0.

Wise junior DeAndre' Smith rushed for a 47-yard touchdown on the Puma's next possession and Rahsaan Moore converted the two-point conversion to give Wise an 8-7 lead at the end of the first

In the second quarter, it was Wise who seemed to get a grip on the game.

Old Mill knocked on the door twice in the second quarter, but the Pumas' defense proved its mettle stopping the Patriots both times.

Old Mill had a first-and-goal from the Wise 1-yard line, but penalties forced the Patriots back to the 20. After a 19-yard pass by Joe Thorton gave the Patriots fourth-and-goal back at the one, Wise's defense stuffed the quarterback keeper to force a turnover on downs.

Wise's offense took advantage, taking the ball 99 yards for a touchdown, capped by an eight-yard touchdown run by Smith. Jabril Baldwin had a 56-yard run and Smith had an 18-yard run on the drive and Wise went into halftime with a 16-7 lead.

But in the third quarter, Thorton threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Chad Hicks and Cummings' extra point pulled the score to 16-14.

Injury bug

Old Mill's Josh Furman went down with a knee injury on Old Mill's first possession in the game and after returning for one play in the second quarter did not come back again.

Wise junior quarterback DeAndre Smith went out with an injury with 10:14 left in the third quarter, but returned to the game with 6:41 remaining.

Clements left the game late in the fourth quarter after spending some time on the turf with a lower body injury.

Both Clements and Furman were at the post-game press conference and said they were fine.

Getting defensive

Wise was the name defense, but Old Mill's A.J. Butler came up with a big interception in the fourth quarter and Joe McCargo sacked Smith in the final minute of the game to seal the victory late in the game for Old Mill.

Clements' 164 yards was only the second time this season Wise has allowed more than 100 yards to a single running back. Eleanor Roosevelt's Shawn Petty rushed for 105 in the region semifinal.

First Quarter
Wise Titus Till kickoff out of bounds
OLD MILL
1-10 35 Josh Furman 2 run
2-8 37 Furman -4 run
3-12 33 Joe Thorton 20 run
1-10 +47 Furman 2 run
2-8 +45 Furman 13 run
1-10 +32 Jason Clements 1 run
2-9 +31 Thorton 3 run
3-6 +28 Furman -1 run (injured on the play)
4-9 +29 Thorton pass INT by Till
WISE
1-10 15 Jabril Baldwin 8 run
2-2 23 DeAndre Smith pass incomplete
3-2 23 Baldwin -3 run
4-5 20 Till punt to +47 Chad Hicks return to the W +30 (23 yards)
OLD MILL
1-10 +30 Clements 5 run
2-5 +25 Clements 12 run
1-10 +13 Clements 0 run
2-10 +13 Clements 10 run
1-G +3 Clements -1 run
2-G +4 Clements 4 run TOUCHDOWN (3:49 left), Brad Cummings PAT - GOOD [Old Mill 7-0]
Cummings kickoff to 26, Thomas Tabbs return to the 48
WISE
1-10 48 Baldwin 5 run
2-5 +47 DeAndre Smith 47 run TOUCHDOWN (3:01 left), Rahsaan Moore two-point run - GOOD [Wise 8-7]
Till kickoff to 6, Chad Hicks return to 20
OLD MILL
1-10 20 Furman 0 run
2-10 20 Encroachment Wise +5
2-5 25 Clements 3 run
3-2 28 Clements 4 run
1-10 32 Offensive pass interference -15 (negates 68 yard scoring pass from Thorton to Hicks)
2-25 17 Thorton pass incomplete
3-25 17 Clements 13 run
4-25 Khikah Davidson punt to +43, return to the 49, fumble, Old Mill recovers
END OF QUARTER


Second Quarter
OLD MILL
1-10 49 Clements 12 run
1-10 +37 Clements 2 run
2-8 + 35 Rob Chesson 1 run
3-7 + 34 Thorton -2 pass to Dominic Gibson
3-9 +36 Thorton 9 run
1-10 +27 Clements 3 run
2-7 +24 Clements 4 run
3-3 +20 Wise penalty +5
1-10 +15 Clements 2 run
2-8 +13 Clements 7 run
3-1 +6 Clements 5 run
1-G +1 Old Mill - 5
1-G +6 Clements 1 run
2-G +5 Old Mill chop block -15
2-G +22 Thorton 2 pass Randy Spann
3-G +20 Thorton 19 pass to Gibson
4-G +1 Thorton 0 run (TURNOVER ON DOWNS)
WISE
1-10 1 Moore 5 run
2-5 6 Baldwin 6 run
1-10 12 Delay Wise -5
1-15 7 Smith pass incomplete
2-15 7 Smith 18 run
1-10 25 Baldwin 7 run
2-3 32 Baldwin 56 run
1-10 +12 Justin Coles 4 run
2-6 +8 Smith 8 run TOUCHDOWN (2:44). Moore two-point conversion run [WISE 16-7] Till kickoff in the end zone OLD MILL
1-10 20 Clements 3 run
2-7 23 Thorton 11 run
1-10 34 Clements -4 run
2-10 34 Thorton 4 pass to Gibson
3-10 34 Thorton pass incomplete
4-10 34 Punt to Wise 25
WISE
1-10 25 Baldwin 3 run
2-7 28 Baldwin 13 run
END OF SECOND QUARTER, WISE LEADS 16-7

Third Quarter
Old Mill kickoff, Titus Till return
WISE
1-10 49 Baldwin -3 run
2-13 46 Smith 3 run (injured)
3-10 49 Baldwin 4 run
4-6 +47 Till punt to 12
OLD MILL
1-10 12 Clements 6 run
2-4 18 Clements 7 run
1-10 25 Thorton pass incomplete
2-10 25 Clements 0 run
3-10 25 Thorton 11 run
1-10 36 Thorton 2 run
2-8 38 Thorton 11 pass to Gibson
1-10 49 Clements 8 run
2-2 +43 Clements 5 run
1-10 +38 Clements 0 run
2-10 +38 Thorton 38 pass to Chad Hicks TOUCHDOWN (6:17 left), Cummings PAT kick GOOD [Wise leads 16-14]
Old Mill Cummings kickoff to 16, Tabbs return to 32
WISE
1-10 32 Baldwin 2 run
2-8 34 Baldwin 6 run
3-2 40 Baldwin 0 run
4-2 Till punt to Old Mill 32
OLD MILL 1-10 32 Clements 4 run
2-6 36 Clements 8 run
1-10 44 Clements 3 run
2-7 47 Encroachment Wise +5
3-2 +48 Clements 9 run
1-10 +39 Clements 3 run
2-7 +36 Clements 4 run
3-3 +32 Clements 2 run
4-1 +30 Clements 3 run
1-10 +27 Chesson 3 run
2-7 +24 Encroachment Wise +5
2-2 +19 Clements 6 run
1-10 +13
(END OF THE THIRD QUARTER, WISE LEADS 16-14)


FOURTH QUARTER
OLD MILL
1-10 + 13 Clements 5 run
2-5 +8 Clements 1 run
3-4 +7 Clements -2 run
4-6 +9 Cummings 26 yards FG attempt - GOOD (10:19) & [Old Mill leads 17-16]
Old Mill Cummings kickoff to 23, Baldwin return to 36
WISE
1-10 36 Devin Donnell -4 run
2-14 32 Justin Coles 1 run
3-13 33 Donnell pass INT by A.J. Butler
OLD MILL
1-10 33 Clements 3 run (fumble, own recovery)
2-7 36 Clements 2 run
3-5 38 False start Old Mill -5
3-10 33 Thorton 4 run
4-6 37 Davidson punt to Wise 32, Howard Cook return to 37
WISE
1-10 37 Baldwin 8 run
2-2 45 Coles 5 run
1-10 50 Trevon Butler -7 run
2-17 43 Coles 5 run
3-12 48 Smith pass incomplete
4-12 48 False start Wise -5
4-17 43 Smith 12 pass Tabbs
OLD MILL
1-10 45 Chesson -1 run
2-11 44 Chesson 3 run
3-8 47 Chesson 6 run
4-2 +47 hold Old Mill -10
4-12 43 Davidson punt to Wise 28, fair catch
WISE
1-10 28 Smith pass incomplete
2-10 28 Smith 13 pass to Butler
1-10 41 Smith -12 sack by Joe McCargo
2-22 29 Smith pass incomplete
3-22 29 Illegal substitution Wise -5
3-27 24 Butler 1 run
GAME OVER, OLD MILL WINS 17-16