The Havre de Grace Warriors won their fifth straight varsity football game in as many tries Friday night, beating Bel Air, 34-6, in UCBAC Chesapeake Division play.
Harford Tech also improved to 5-0, but John Carroll saw its unbeaten record take a hit.
At Havre de Grace’s James R. Harris Stadium, the Warriors defense set the tone in the first quarter. Bel Air drove the ball over 50 yards to the Warriors 15-yard line.
The Warriors defense stiffened and forced the turnover on downs. “We had, I think, a decent game plan against them. We did move the ball, but they bent, but didn’t break,” Bel Air coach David Huryk said. “They’re a very good team, is well coached and a couple bounces here and there, we might have gotten in on one of them, but like I said, it comes down to, at the point of attack, they made made a couple more plays than us.”
A short time later, it was Havre de Grace (2-0, 5-0) on the attack, putting its first points on the scoreboard.
Quarterback Alex Gresock connected with Jordan Day for the score, the first of three touchdown passes in the first half.
The 7-0 lead grew to 14-0 in the second quarter on Gresock’s second touchdown pass. Christian Penrow was on the receiving end.
“It started off kind of rough, I missed two big passes to Christian Penrow and last week it took me like the whole first half to get started, but luckily tonight it only took me the first drive to get started,” Gresock said.
Bel Air (0-2, 1-4) finally put a scoring drive together late in the first half. Inside the Warriors five, the Bobcats went to the air after two failed run plays. Quarterback Austin Rohlfing passed to Sincere Montgomery for the score. The point-after-kick, however, was blocked.
The score came with less than 15 seconds to play in the half. The Bobcats kicked off and Brandon Rabbitt returned the ball to midfield with :01 to play.
Havre de Grace took full advantage of the one second. Gresock took the snap, rolled around a bit and sent a long throw toward the end zone. The ball was tipped twice before falling into the hands of Freddie Wills.
“Well, uh biscuit [Gresock] has got a great arm, out quarterback. I knew he could make the throw, so I saw him sling it,” Wills said. “Jordan White, I thought he was going get it. He was coming up a little bit short and that ball was still going, so Jordan jumped, it tipped off his hands. I’m pretty sure it tipped of a defender’s hand too and I just managed to be in the right place at the right time. I’m glad it fell to me.”
Clay Harris’ kick sent the Warriors into the half with the 21-6 lead.
The Warriors added to the lead with their first possession in the third quarter. Gresock’s 35-yard pass to White set the Warriors up first and goal at the Bel Air five. Gresock took in from there as the score jumped to 27-6 after the rare miss on the PAT by Harris.
The only other scoring came in the final quarter. Penrow raced seven yards for the touchdown and Harris added the kick.
Bel Air moved the ball inside the Warriors 10 in the final seconds. but time expired with the Bobcats reaching the five-yard line.
Tech is 5-0
Harford Tech’s (5-0) win came as the Cobras celebrated homecoming with an 45-0 non-league victory over Capital Christian.
Ryan Hunt passed for two touchdown passes to Jordan Bright and another to Laday Cooper.
Kyle Cicone and Jalen Dangerfield each ran for a touchdown as well.
Eagles upend Cougars
Aberdeen (1-1, 3-2) spoiled Fallston’s first game on its new turf. The Eagles ran out to an 21-3 lead and coasted to a 35-10 Chesapeake win over the Cougars (0-2, 3-2).
Joshua Maxwell got back in form with 175 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns. Silas Jenkins threw two touchdown passes with Diamonte Stricker catching both.
The Eagles also scored on defense with Devon Sargent taking an interception back for points.
Mustangs drop Hawks
In other Chesapeake play, C. Milton Wright (2-0, 4-1) beat visiting North Harford (1-1, 3-2), 42-14.
In the loss, Dave Harmon threw two touchdown passes to Jarrett Newlon.
CMW stats were not provided.
In Susquehanna Division action, Joppatowne (0-2, 0-5) lost to visiting Bo Manor (2-0, 3-2), 19-0. Patterson Mill (0-2, 0-5) lost to visiting North East (2-0, 2-3), 42-13. Perryville (1-0, 4-1) beat host Rising Sun (0-2, 0-5), 56-26.
In Chesapeake play, Edgewood (0-2, 2-3) was edged by visiting Elkton (2-0, 5-0), 21-20.
In MIAA B Conference play, John Carroll (0-1, 4-1) was beaten at Boys’ Latin, 24-14.
Stats were not provided for either game.
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