Milford Mill hits 3-0 with 38-15 victory; Holmes and Fenwick each account for 2 TDs (VIDEO HERE!)

Milford Mill’s Tasheen Howard breaks free from a Dundalk defender en route to a 69-yard touchdown during Thursday’s Baltimore County football game. The Millers improved to 3-0 with a 38-15 victory.

by Demetrius Dillard

Special to VSN

Milford Mill Academy quarterback Rishon Holmes was confident going into Thursday’s football contest with Baltimore County rival Dundalk. So when the Owls struck first on the scoreboard, Holmes’ confidence was hardly shaken.

The Millers quickly buckled down, scoring five unanswered touchdowns en route to a comfortable 38-15 victory in a matchup of undefeated squads on Washington Avenue. Holmes was 7-for-15 passing for 115 yards and a touchdown and added 58 yards on the ground for a rushing score.

His counterpart, Owl junior Calvin Stokes accounted for both his team’s scores, including a five-yard score to Dallion Smith in the fourth. Stokes darted through Milford Mill’s defense for a 14-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter.

The Millers (3-0 overall) answered with three straight running scores, and Amir Renwick added a 55-yard kickoff return. Holmes connected with Niem Snowden for another score.

“We watched film on them (Dundalk), so in practice, we got a scout offense. We go over their plays and what they’re going to run so we kind of expected everything that they threw at us,” Holmes said. “We just executed on defense after the first touchdown they gave us and we just kept on pushing the ball on the offensive side.”

The Millers just needed two plays to answer Dundalk’s opening salvo as Holmes scored on a 47-yard quarterback. Eddie King returned a punt 56 yards to set up first and goal in Owls territory.

On the next play, King senior took the handoff and ran in for a four-yard touchdown. The Millers extended their lead to 20-6 following a nine-yard run by Renwick.

Renwick opened the second half with the 55-yard kickoff return to open the second half, pushing the Millers’ lead to 26-6. Holmes found Snowden open downfield for a 38-yard score, midway through the third.

Backup quarterback Tahseen Howard put an exclamation point with an electrifying 69-yard touchdown in the fourth.

Other than the late score, Milford Mill’s defense kept Dundalk’s offense in check. The Owls (2-1) used running backs Abdullah Smith and Jordan Fiorenza, but couldn’t build any momentum after the first score.

Dundalk coach Matt Banta said Milford Mill was more physical.

“I just think we got punched in the mouth and we didn’t respond well to it,” Dundalk coach Matt Banta. “I like the way we fought in the first half a little bit and our youth showed for sure, and we weren’t very resilient there in the second half so it’s back to the drawing board from here.”

Milford Mill senior quarterback Rishon Holmes had 173 total yards Thursday, including a 47-yard touchdown run and 38-yard touchdown pass.

Millers coach Reggie White said the key to extending and maintaining the lead was “executing, bend [but] don’t break, [and we] schemed very well.”

The Millers return to action after Spring Break with Kenwood on April 9, while Dundalk hosts Lansdowne.

Milford Mill Academy 38, Dundalk 15

Dundalk 6 0 2 7 – 15

Milford Mill 7 13 12 6 – 38

First quarter

Dundalk – Calvin Stokes 14 run (kick failed)

Milford Mill – Rishon Holmes 47 run (Holmes kick)

Second quarter

Milford Mill – Eddie King 4 run (Holmes kick)

Milford Mill – Amir Renwick 9 run (kick failed)

Third quarter

Milford Mill – Renwick 55 return (run failed)

Milford Mill – Niem Snowden 38 pass from Holmes (kick failed)

Fourth quarter

Dundalk – Safety (Punt snap into end zone)

Dundalk – Dallion Smith 5 pass from Stokes (Jared Giblin kick)

Milford Mill – Tasheen Howard 69 run (kick failed)