Host Pumas overwhelm the upstart Patriots, 44-0

Old Mill entered Friday’s 4A state semifinal football playoff at perennial 4A state power Dr. Henry A Wise High School with an “anything can happen” attitude. Unfortunately for the underdog Patriots nearly everything that happened was good for the undefeated Pumas, who powered their way to a 44-0 victory and a spot in Wednesday’s 4A state title game against Northwest.

The formula for an upset, if there was one, was a fast start and perfect execution against the superior athletes Wise trotted out. However, the Pumas (13-0) got the early jump, scoring on a 73-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jayden Sauray to Keith Boddie, Jr. and a 51-yard run by Anthony Morales to take a 13-0 lead after one quarter.

Old Mill, which dominated field possession in its quarterfinal win over Parkville last week, was on the opposite end of that equation on Friday and that led to 45-yard interception return for a touchdown by Wise’s Dorian Strong, early in the second quarter, signaling the rout was on for the Pumas.

Sauray added two more touchdown passes in the second quarter as he found a Jalil Farooq and Strong for a pair of 23-yard scores, giving Wise a commanding 34-0 lead at the half.

The Pumas got the running clock going early in the third quarter when Strong scored his third touchdown of the evening, this time a 5-yard toss from Sauray and they added a field goal in the fourth quarter to set the final score.

Wise is advancing to the state championship game for the seventh time and the Pumas are looking for their fifth title, with the most recent coming in 2017.

Old Mill concluded its 2019 season with a 10-3 record. Prior to Friday’s loss the Patriots had won four straight (including three in the playoffs) and 10 of their last 11 games.