Patriots top Arundel in football debut

by Trevor Colgan

Special to VSN

Avrey Holliday stepped onto the field at Bob Golliday Memorial Field for his senior night ready to stand out. 

And that he did. Holliday intercepted two passes and helped the Old Mill defense stifle the Arundel offense en route to a 16-6 win on Friday night. 

Only this time, Holliday and his fellow Patriots’ senior night was not in the late fall like normal, instead coming in late March, in the first game of a four game spring slate for Old Mill. 

Both teams have been waiting to play for a long time. They’ve been ready to start, and had to stop. They haven’t been able to get in the weight room.  So, this game has been a long time coming.

“I was waiting all year to get back on the field and play,” Holliday said.

Holliday wasn’t the only Patriot defender who had a stellar opening game. Old Mill intercepted five Arundel passes, including a first quarter Tim Tripplett interception that he took 20 yards into the endzone, scoring the opening touchdown of the game. Garrett Perrotta and Zach Starliper also recorded interceptions. 

The Patriots forced one more turnover, this one a fumble that senior Ben Wilson scooped up and took all the way to Arundel’s 8-yard line. The Patriots would turn that into three points, with a 20-yard field goal from Jackson Burleson.

Old MIll coach Chad McCormick loved the way his defense played in its opening matchup.

“Our secondary is pretty solid,” McCormick said. “Our defensive line was able to get some good pressure today. When you have a decent secondary and you can add some pressure on a younger quarterback. That was really advantageous.”

For as much as the Old MIll defense held the Arundel offense down, only allowing one score — a 69-yard touchdown run from the Wildcats’ Jermey Weinstein — the Patriot offense seemed to take a little bit to get into a rhythm. 

Junior Myles Fulton punched in a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and finished with 63 yards through the air and 25 on the ground.

But for Arundel, and coach Jack Walsh, there were not a lot of good things to take away from the sloppiness of Friday’s game. A lot of that comes from a long lay off and the push of the start of the season to late March, but Walsh said that it’s not an excuse, that every team has dealt with that. 

On the other hand, Walsh was glad to see some of his younger players get to experience a game against Old MIll, and know what it’s like to play in this rivalry.

“Our underclassmen got to feel what an Arundel-Old Mill game is like,” Walsh said. “Not the excitement, there’s typically 5,000 people here for this game, so we didn’t have that. In terms of effort, and both teams wanting to win and beating the other team, this is a storied rivalry, and we came up on the short end today.”

The atmosphere did not feel like a typical rivalry game, just like there was so much that did not feel right for a Friday night football game. 

Understanding that after seeing how neither offense seemed to click and get into much of a rhythm, is more about how the teams have had to adapt to playing about 15 months since their last game. 

“It was so helter skelter,” McCormick said of adapting to the changes and regulations the teams have had deal with. “It’s definitely weird.”

Old Mill 16, Arundel 6

Old Mill 13 3 0 0 — 16

Arundel 0 0 6 0 — 6

First quarter

Old Mill -Tim Tripplett 20 interception return (Jackson Burleson kick)

Old Mill – Myles Fulton 1 run (kick failed)

Second quarter

Old Mill – Burleson 20 field goal

Third quarter

Arundel – Jeremy Weinstein 69 run (kick failed)