The Harford Tech Cobras varsity football team has put itself on unchartered ground.
The Cobras improved to 4-0 for the first time in the school’s 35-plus year history Friday night, beating visiting and winless Patterson Mill (0-4, 0-1), 48-7, in the UCBAC Susquehanna Division opener for both teams.
Meanwhile, Havre de Grace and John Carroll also stayed unbeaten, both improving to 4-0. Fallston, the county’s other unbeaten, lost in the final seconds.
At Tech, the game didn’t start off, too, well for the Cobras. Patterson Mill senior Hunter Crowley took a handoff on the first snap. Crowley (22 carries, 174 yards) turned the corner and raced untouched, 78 yards for the touchdown. “We put in a new package and the blocks just worked out in the first play, but the [Tech] defense was malicious the rest of the game,’” Crowley said.
The point-after-kick made it 7-0 and the game was just :17 old.
Unfortunately for the Huskies, there were 48 more points scored, but none on the Huskies side of the scoreboard.
In fact, the first Tech points came as quickly as Crowley’s run. Laday Cooper picked up the ensuing kickoff at his 15-yard line. Cooper broke free up the middle and raced 85 yards into end zone. Jordan Bright’s kick tied the score at 7.
“Basically, when we were on defense, I had a responsibility which was contain and I felt as if I didn’t do my job, even though he cut back inside,” Cooper said. “So, on kick return I was just like, I had to go out and get it. I went out there with 100 percent, full effort,. I believed in my teammates, believed in the blocks I let them carry me.”
The Cobras scored again in the first quarter, but that was all the scoring in the half. Bright hauled in a 74-yard scoring pass from sophomore quarterback Ryan Hunt and then added the kick for an 14-7 halftime lead.
The second half was all Tech. Kyle Cicone ran 30 yards to open third quarter scoring. Four minutes later, Jalen Dangerfield ran 14 yards for a score and 27-7 lead.
Hunt and Bright connected again a few minutes later this time from five yards out. At the beginning, the running backs and line, they just weren’t doing well, and I knew I had to step it up, so I started blocking and the coach started noticing it,” Bright said. “So, he started calling my number for the passes, so I went out, caught the ball, did my best and endied up scoring. I didn’t think I’d get the ball as much as I did today. My team really needed me and I came through and pulled off the win for us.” Bright finished with three catches for 113 yards.
Leading 34-7, Tech added a defensive score in the final seconds of the third quarter.
The Huskies fumbled the ball on the exchange at their own goal line. Tech linebacker Phinehas Wiredu recovered the loose ball in the end zone.
The final points came in the fourth quarter with Cicone plunging into the end zone from a yard out.
“Being 4-0 here at Harford Tech, it’s never been done before and the guys are relishing in the fact that they know that they are something special here and we can build upon it,” Cobras head coach Tim Palmer said.
Warriors beat Eagles
Havre de Grace (4-0, 1-0) picked up its win at Aberdeen (2-2, 0-1), 33-7, in Chesapeake Division play.
Jordan Day caught a pair of touchdown passes and Sean Greeley ran for a score. Jordan White took an interception back for points, his third pick for points this year.
The other Havre de Grace points came from kicker Clay Harris, who was 2-for-2, including kicks from 38 and 42 yards, respectively.
Joshua Maxwell (70 rushing yards, 25 receiving) scored Aberdeen’s touchdown on a five-yard run. The touchdown gave Aberdeen a 7-3 lead into the half.
Patriots are 4-0
John Carroll improved to 4-0 with an 29-24 win over visiting Edmondson-Westside.
Quarterback Qadir Ismail was the difference, rushing for three touchdowns to lead the Patriots.
Hawks edge Cougars
North Harford (3-1, 1-0) edged Fallston (3-1, 0-1), 31-28, on a last seconds field goal in Chesapeake play.
Hawks kicker Matt King was 4-for-4 on PAT’s and kicked the game-winning, 39-yard field goal with 10 seconds left.
Connor Diem scored a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Hawks, while quarterback Dave Harmon had a rushing touchdown and a passing score to Jarrett Newlon.
“Great game and great heart by both teams,” Hawk coach Gene Liebel said.
Fallston quarterback Colin Akins (24-47, 317 yards) threw two touchdown passes, one to Garrett Phillips (5 catches, 53 yards) and one to Jimmy Johnson (11 catches, 163 yards). Brad Kaminkow had a touchdown run for the Cougars.
Phillips also had a 33-yard interception return for the Cougars. Cameron Conroy led the Cougars defense with 12 total tackles.
In other UCBAC action, C. Milton Wright (3-1, 1-0) beat host Edgewood (2-2, 0-1), 23-20, in overtime in Chesapeake play. The game was scoreless at the half.
Bel Air (1-3, 0-1) lost at Elkton, 25-8, in Chesapeake play. Joppatowne (0-4, 0-1) lost at North East, 34-6, in Susquehanna play.
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