Over the last two years, there’s one team that’s been the thorn in the side of Old Mill.
“We’ve had some awesome football games with them in the regular season and the postseason,” said Old Mill head coach Chad McCormick. “Unfortunately for us our last two years ended playing the Broadneck Bruins here at home.”
The Bruins have eliminated Old Mill in each of the last two state playoff tournaments. Both times Broadneck avenged regular season wins by the Patriots. Last year it was the only loss Old Mill suffered. The two teams renew their rivalry on Friday night.
“They knocked us out. That was our last game. We’ve all been thinking about it for the offseason. That’s what we’ve been really telling ourselves,” said Old Mill quarterback/linebacker Markus Thompson.
“We approach this basically as a playoff game,” added Old Mill linebacker/fullback Dajour Thompson. “As far as the standings go this win will kind of put us on top and make us control the playoffs, which we want.”
“If we can be successful against Broadneck this week, that obviously gives us a much better opportunity of us controlling our own destiny in this football season,” said McCormick.
Broadneck enters Friday’s game an undefeated 5-0. Old Mill is 4-1 and on a roll. Their only loss came in the season opener.
“Our team has built a lot of confidence. We’ve actually grown as a whole unit,” said Dajour Thompson.
The main strength for the Pats this year, as usual, is the ground game.
“Isaiah Batts has been our bread-winner on offense as our running back,” said McCormick. “Last week he ran for 240 yards and had four touchdowns.”
They’ll start handing him the ball once again after the 6:30 kickoff Friday at Old Mill.