The Havre de Grace Warriors rolled to an easy Susquehanna Bowl victory Friday night at North East High School.
The Warriors (3-0) scored early and often and Perryville (2-1) had little to no answers in the 52-6 final. The game was played at North East because Perryville’s newly installed turf field isn’t officially ready.
Meanwhile, Harford Tech and Fallston joined Havre de Grace as the county’s remaining unbeaten teams. Previous unbeatens, Aberdeen, North Harford and C. Milton Wright were all beaten.
Havre de Grace struck with its first possession and followed suit with touchdowns on the next five possessions as well.
Junior Christian Penrow had a hand in the first two. Penrow caught a nine-yard pass from junior quarterback Alex Gresock to get the scoring started.
After the Warriors forced the Panthers three and out, it was just one play and they were back in the end zone.
Gresock pitched to Penrow, who pulled up and fired a strike to an wide open Jordan White. White had gotten behind the defense to haul in the 58-yard option touchdown pass.
“To me I prefer catching the ball and scoring a touchdown of course as a receiver,” Penrow said. “But, I’ll do anything I can to help the team out, if I have throw one, if I have to run one.”
Running is what the Warriors turned to on the next possession. Gresock ripped off 17 yards on first down and Jasai Stansbury then took off on an 67-yard touchdown run. Stansbury broke through the line and then headed toward the left and home sideline.
A shifty studder-step move eluded one tackler and he ran out of a last ditch leg tackle in to the end zone.
Clay Harris, the Warriors strong, accurate and consistent kicker, was a perfect 7-for-7 on PAT’s.
It was 21-0 and the game was still in the first quarter. Another defensive stop by Havre de Grace put the ball back in its possession at its own 45.
From the Perryville 39, the Warriors were facing a fourth and four. Gresock took the snap and found Freddie Wills racing down the middle of the field with no one near him. Gresock got him the ball and it was 28-0 as the first quarter ended.
The Panthers moved the ball in the ensuing possession, but Warriors safety Rashon Bray picked off a Dayvon Montz pass to set up the next Havre de Grace points.
Bray’s 15-yard return set the Warriors up at their own 45. Stansbury ran for four yards on first down. Gresock then took the ball around the right end and raced 51 yards to the end zone. “I just ran around and I saw some guys coming and I kicked on the burners and I got to the end zone,” Gresock said.
It was another Perryville turnover that led to more Havre de Grace points. Caleb Robinson’s 45-yard run got the Panthers to the Warriors 35. Two plays later, White fell on a loose ball for Havre de Grace at the Warriors 27.
Sean Greeley ran for four yards on first down, setting up Gresock’s 69-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Day. Gresock kind of threw it up for grabs as he was getting pressured and Day somehow caught the balll, broke free from the pack and ran the final 25 yards to paydirt.
Bray added his second interception to end the next Perryville drive the Warriors ended the half with the 42-0 lead.
The second half had a running clock, because of the 35 or more points differential, buit that didn’t stop the Warriors from adding one final touchdown. Greeley did the honors , running 18 yards for the score.
“This game meant a lot to me, you know I had coach Johnson (Chris Johnson-Perryville head coach) their head was my rec coach for my whole life pretty much,” Greeley said. “It means a lot to the team, it means a lot to me. We’ve been working really hard this week, for this bowl, coming out with a lot of energy every practice. Coming out here, it was really one-sided, I don’t think anyone expected it to be like that.”
Down 49-0, Perryville finally got into end zone in the fourth quarter. Robinson (9 carries 96 yards) ran 11 yards for the score. The Warriors blocked the extra point.
Warriors kicker Harris closed out the scoring with an 24-yard field goal that probably would have been good from 44.
“We work hard every day at practice, it’s just a week-by-week thing, we try to be 1-0 every week,” Penrow said. “I guess we worked a little bit harder than them, no disrespect to Perryville at all, but we were the better team tonight and that’s why we came away with the lopsided Susquehanna Bowl win.”
Cobras beat Mustangs
Harford Tech (3-0) used a dominating defense to upend visiting C. Milton Wright (2-1), 23-3.
The second half the Cobras were able to free up the passing game (Jordan Bright) with the running of Jalen Dangerfield.
Coach Tim Palmer says it was the dominating defense that was the story.
Cougars pound Indians
Fallston (3-0) rolled over North East (0-3), 35-7, in a game played at James R. Harris Stadium in Havre de Grace.
The Cougars, who are also waiting for their turf field to be deemed ready, used four touchdowns, two passing and two running from quarterback Colin Akins.
Jimmy Johnson and Alex Baily had a touchdown reception each and Brad Kaminkow added a rushing touchdown.
Garrett Phillips led the Cougars defense with two interceptions.
Aberdeen (2-1) traveled to Bo Manor (1-2) and lost 19-0.
The Eagles fell behind on two big plays in the first half and never recovered, according to coach John Brooks.
Joshua Maxwell, who ran for over 300 yards last week, was limited to 45 in the loss, operating on a sprained ankle.
One highlight for the Eagles was Jaheim Wilson-Jones collecting his second interception of the season.
Hawks lose, too
North Harford (2-1) lost at Eastern Tech, 34-29.
The host Mavericks scored on fourth and goal from the one with one minute left to win the back and forth battle.
Dave Harmon threw two touchdown passes, one to Jarrett Newlon and one to Tyler Collins to highlight the Hawks offense.
Connor Diem had two rushing touchdowns, while kicker Matt King was 2-for-2 on PAT’s and he kicked a field goal as well.
In one other game, Patterson Mill (0-3) was beaten by visiting Francis Scott Key, 44-20.
Stats were not provided.
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