Class 4A State Championship: Old Mill vs. Quince Orchard (LIVE UPDATES)
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UPDATE: Old Mill wins by a score of 36-35, in double overtime. This game was hyped up to be one of the year’s best, and it certainly delivered. It was almost undoubtedly the best high school football game I’ve ever seen, considering the way it finished, and the high stakes of the occasion.
10:31 PM- Old Mill wins! After a one-yard quarterback sneak from Delonte Sheilds, Rob Chesson converts the two-pointer on a toss play. The Patriots take the victory by a 36-35 score, closing out one of the best games I’ve ever witnessed. This is Old Mill’s second 4A title in three years, after winning in 2009.
10:26 PM- Billy Plante hits fullback Tyrell Williams for a 7-yard touchdown on 3rd & goal in the first overtime. After the extra point, Quince Orchard leads 35-28. Old Mill now has a chance to tie up the score and send the game to a second overtime.
10:21 PM- Old Mill wins the toss and will defend. You have think they hold the momentum right now, but anything can happen in overtime. This game was hyped as the top public school matchup in the state in years, and it has more than lived up to the hype.
10:17 PM- This is one of the best high school football games I’ve ever seen, probably the best. Old Mill misses a 30-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining, and this game is headed to overtime, tied at 28-28. The events leading up to OT were incredible. As Quince Orchard drove to break the tie, Old Mill’s Torie Wagner made another amazing play, intercepting a pass and returning it 33 yards to the Quince 35-yard line. A late hit penalty moved the ball down to the 20-yard line. Following a 13-yard completion to Wagner, kicker Brady Hannon missed a 24-yard field goal attempt, hitting it wide right by a matter of inches.
Old Mill players thought the kick was good, and half the team was celebrating and doing cartwheels on the sideline. This game is headed to overtime, where each team will have four downs to score, starting from the 10-yard line.
10:08 PM- Delonte Shields hits Carl Chance for a 70-yard touchdown pass. After a flag for excessive celebration, Old Mill kicker Brady Hannon hit the long-range PAT, tying the game at 28. 42 seconds remain in regulation.
10:03 PM- Torie Wagner, who’s had an up-and-down game, makes a great play to break up a 4th down Quince Orchard pass. Old Mill has the ball with two minutes remaining, needing to travel 75 yards to score and tie the game.
10:01 PM- Old Mill goes for it on 4th & 6 from their own 24-yard line, and leaves the field unsuccessful. Quince Orchard has the ball, leading 28-21, with four minutes remaining. A touchdown would put this one in the books.
9:54 PM- Quince Orchard comes up with nothing after a nice drive, missing a 27-yard field goal attempt. Old Mill has the ball with five minutes remaining, trailing 28-21. Ball is on their own 28-yard line.
9:35 PM- This game is extremely entertaining. Old Mill just answered with a 64-yard touchdown reception by Torie Wagner as the third quarter expired. The Patriots now trail 28-21, and again hold the momentum as the fourth quarter begins. A defensive stop on Quince Orchard’s next drive would put them into position to tie the game up, and set up a memorable finish.
9:28 PM- After Quince Orchard’s Billy Plante linked up with D’Andre Johnson to convert a 4th & 8, Mark Green punched the ball in from two yards out for his third touchdown of the night. Quince Orchard now leads 28-14, and looks determined to hold on for the win.
9:17 PM- After the Old Mill touchdown to open the second half, it’s been a defensive struggle, with the score still 21-14. Quince Orchard punter Chris McPherson has done an awesome job neutralizing the abilities of Rob Chesson, hitting three consecutive punts that were downed inside the 20-yard line.
9:04 PM- On the opening kickoff of the second half, Old Mill’s Torie Wagner recovers a fumble, and returns it for six. After the extra point, the Patriots now trail 21-14, but hold nearly all the momentum. This should be a wild second half.
8:45 PM- Halftime. Quince Orchard: 21, Old Mill: 7. Mark Green and Rob Chesson have combined for 272 total rushing yards in the half (Green 150, Chesson 122).
8:38 PM- Deonte Shields hits Devin Salisbury for a 5-yard TD pass as the half closes. Old Mill now trails 21-7, and needs to keep the momentum going into the 2nd half to have a chance.
8:28 PM- Quince Orchard is imposing their will right now. Mark Green reaches the end zone for the second time, and the Cougars lead 21-0. Unless something changes quickly, this one could be in the bag before halftime.
8:23 PM- Both running backs have eclipsed the 100-yard mark halfway through the second quarter. Rob Chesson has 117 yards on 11 carries for Old Mill, while Quince Orchard’s Mark Green has run for 115 yards on 17 carries, along with a touchdown.
8:21 PM- Quince Orchard QB Billy Plante fools everyone and their brother on play action, hitting Marty Heyn for a short touchdown pass. The Cougars now hold a 14-0 lead with 6:26 left in the first quarter.
8:06 PM- As the first quarter closes, Quince Orchard of Montgomery County leads Old Mill of Anne Arundel County, 7-0. The lone touchdown came from star running back Mark Green. Both teams boast all-state caliber running backs, as Green and Old Mill’s Rob Chesson have combined for a total of 160 yards on the ground.