Old Mill Wins 4A State Championship in Dramatic Overtime Finish

Rob Chesson scored a 2-point conversion in overtime to win the state title, 36-35. Check back later for the full story and highlights!

BALTIMORE -- His 49 touchdowns this season set a single-season Maryland record and yet the Quince Orchard Cougars had kept him out of the end zone all night, becoming the first team this season to do so.

But Rob Chesson would probably trade all 49 of those touchdowns for the two-point conversion he scored in over time that capped a dramatic come-from-behind 36-35 win for Old Mill in the 2011 4A state championship game at M&T Bank Stadium.

After Quince Orchard scored in the first overtime -- a Billy Plante to Tyrell Williams pass from 7 yards out -- Old Mill quickly answered with a touchdown of its own. That's when first-year Old Mill coach Chad McCormick made a gutsy call -- the only call he could make, he revealed after the game.

And after Patriots quarterback Deonte Shields scored on a 1-yard run, McCormick called time out and gathered his team for one final pep talk. When they emerged from the huddle, it was clear that McCormick had made the decision to try for the two-point conversion.

"I told them 'It's gut check time.' I told them we were going to win or lose the state championship on that play, and losing wasn't an option," McCormick said of what he told his team during the time out. "I looked at Rob and said, 'you have to get in the end zone.' And he had the confidence to do it."

McCormick said the decision to go for two was a fairly easy one, stating that it was a better alternative than having to face "four more downs against Quince Orchard's defense."

It turned out to be the right call.

Check back with Patch.com shortly for complete coverage of the game.


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