Outlook: No. 3 Old Mill begins defense of its Class 4A state championship. The Patriots (9-1) have won nine straight since an opening 30-7 loss to Arundel.

Old Mill got a huge break when Arundel was upset by Southern-Anne Arundel last weekend, allowing the Patriots to claim the No. 1 seed in the East Region. The Patriots were impressive in their regular season finale against then-No. 4 Broadneck (8-2) last weekend in Millersville.

Old Mill built a 24-7 halftime advantage as Demond Brown’s 71-yard run on the Patriots’ second play from scrimmage set a deafening tone. Brown, a senior running back, finished with 161 yards and three touchdowns.

Rob Chesson added 146 yards and a score as the Patriots humiliated a Bruin defensive unit that had only allowed 44 points in its previous nine decisions. Broadneck’s only score came on quarterback James Mullis’ one-yard score.