It was a record-setting Saturday afternoon at Milford Mill Academy. Unfortunately for the Millers, it was bad news.
No. 11 Milford Mill dropped a 20-16 decision to North Hagerstown in a non-league opener. Isaiah Keyes had a rushing touchdown for North Hagerstown and intercepted three passes – equaling a school record.
Preston Carey’s 58-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter broke a 14-14 tie for North Hagerstown (1-0 overall). The Millers (0-1), last year’s Class 3A state semifinals, had five passes intercepted and potential go-ahead score in the final minutes called back on a penalty.
“We can’t have those mistakes in this type of game,” said Milford Mill coach Reggie White. “The defense played phenomenal. We moved the ball, but we got a first-year quarterback. We expected some mistakes, not that big.”
Deontaye White, making his debut as the successor to all-Baltimore County quarterback Kyle McEachern (Wesley College), accounted for the six interceptions. One of those was turned into a pick-six by Keyes, who returned it 92 yards, giving the Washington County school a 14-7 advantage.
Keyes, a 6-foot, 170-pound senior is a member of the Baltimore Touchdown Club’s Super 22 team, scored on a four-yard run. Deontaye White recovered later in the quarter from the pick-six, scoring on a three-yard run, pulling the Millers back even.
Carey gave the Hubs, who reached the Class 3A West Region playoffs last fall, the lead for good. Carey finished with 107 yards while Keyes added 84.
The Millers got a safety off a blocked punt to make it 20-16. Milford Mill wasn’t able to get across the end zone in the final minutes.
The Washington Avenue school have just three days to prepare for Thursday night’s matchup with No. 14 Hereford in Parkton. The Millers defeated the Bulls, 42-35, last year.
“We got a lot of new starters,” said White. “They’ll have to grow up fast.”