Old Mill High football coach Chad McCormick doesn’t want to hear about who’s gone. He’s only interested in who’s here now.
The current crop of Patriots made their own statement Friday night with a 35-7 win over Broadneck in the team’s first game since
“These guys are making a name for themselves now,” McCormick said. “When you don’t want to talk about who we have, that’s going to put a chip on our shoulder.”
Old Mill capitalized on a series of big plays to jump all over the Bruins. The Patriots struck first with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Jalen Jones to the lanky Carl Chance. Less than two minutes later, Old Mill went up 14-0 when defensive back Marcus Hicks stripped the ball from a Broadneck player and ran it back for a touchdown.
Broadneck appeared to get some life after a long drive capped by a one-yard run for a touchdown by quarterback Grant Hudson. But Hicks put the Patriots immediately back on top by running back the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for the score.
Chance added another score of his own when he outreached two defenders for a 59-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.
Hicks and Chance can be considered among the new faces of the team, after the graduation of Rob Chesson, the all-state running back who set many school and state records.
“We’re not getting the respect. Hopefully, after tonight they’ll understand who we are. We’re a great program,” Chance said.
Old Mill’s win was its 15th in a row, continuing the longest active streak in the state.
“It never gets hold,” said Patriots center David Dunn, a member of championship teams in 2009 and 2011. “I always want to go 14-0. I haven’t lost in a while. I don’t even remember what it feels like. I like winning and don’t want it to stop.”