Edgewood junior quarterback Antwain Banks ran all around previously unbeaten and visiting Havre de Grace Friday night. Banks ran for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns as Edgewood (4-2, 6-3) rolled over Havre de Grace (5-1, 8-1), 36-7, in an UCBAC Chesapeake Division game.
Harford Tech (5-0, ,9-0), meanwhile, remained perfect with an 47-7 win over visiting Rising Sun (1-4, 1-8) in Susquehanna Division play. The win guaranteed the Cobras the division title.
“This was a tremendous win tonight, I mean I’m just full of words with the kids. We had a heck-of-a great practice last week and the kids responded,” Rams head coach Charles Johnson said. “And they came out here and played a tremendous football game. So proud of each and every one of them.”
Banks (20 carries, 213 yards) night started on the Rams opening drive. A 38-yard scamper set the Rams up first and goal at the Warriors 3.
“I couldn’t have done it without my line, Herb [Parham], Daviyon [Johnson], Anthony [Blume], Aiden [Despres], I ran behind them the whole game and they just controlled,” Banks said. “They make sure I’m good and I make sure they’re good. I’m gonna reward them if they reward me.”
Two snaps later, running back Naseem McDowell scored on a two-yard run and the extra-point was good for a quick 7-0 lead.
Havre de Grace struggled against the Rams defensive front all night and after a Herb Parham sack on third down, the Warriors were forced to punt away their second possession.
From his own 43, Banks raced 48 yards to the Havre de Grace 9 on first down. McDowell ran for a yard on first down, setting up an eight-yard touchdown pass from Banks to Monzel Ware.
The Rams tried a fake on the conversion, but the pass fell incomplete. Edgewood led, 13-0, with 1:26 remaining in the first quarter.
Havre de Grace responded with what turned out to be its lone scoring drive. It did cover 95 yards in 11 plays.
The big play in the drive was a 43-yard pass to Jordan Day, giving the Warriors first and 10 at the Rams 18.
The drive stalled and Warriors kicker Clay Harris was brought on to try a field goal on fourth and three. Edgewood, however, jumped offsides, giving Havre de Grace a new set of downs.
A six-yard touchdown pass from Alex Gresock to Christian Penrow was nullified when Penrow was flagged illegal touching. Penrow went out of bounds on his own, making him ineligible to touch the live ball.
The ball was moved back to the 21, but it didn’t matter. Gresock threw a 21-yard strike to Jordan White for the touchdown and Harris added the extra-point.
The little bit of momentum the Warriors was gone, one play into Edgewood’s next possession.
Banks ran 33 yards to the Havre de Grace 23 on first down. Nine more running plays later, Banks crashed into the end zone from a yard out. The kick made it 20-7 with 5:01 to play in the half.
Havre de Grace went three downs and out on the ensuing possession and punted the ball back to Edgewood with more than three minutes left.
Banks threw a pair of incomplete passes before ripping off 19 more yards to the Warriors 26.
Two passes for 10 and 12 yards, respectively, moved the Rams to the Havre de Grace 2, where Banks scored from to make it 27-7 with 1:25 left.
Neither team put points up in the third quarter and it was Banks who provided the lone touchdown in the fourth quarter.
On a third and 12 from the Warriors 43, Banks raced up the middle and away from the Havre de Grace defenders for the score.
The Rams added a safety in the final minutes when Harris, the Warriors punter, had the ball snapped over his head and out of the end zone.
“We knew this was going to be a tough game coming in,” Havre de Grace head coach Brian Eberhardt said. “Edgewood is, not only do they have athletes all over the field, their front seven is tough. Tonight we just weren’t able to execute, but the was wholly due to the game plan coach Johnson had.”
Cobras roll on
In Tech’s win the Cobras dominated in trenches, scoring five touchdowns on the ground. Kyle Cicone ran for two, while single touchdown runs came from Jalen Dangerfield, Jeremiah Miinter and Amar Chambers.
Sophomore quarterback Ryan Hunt threw a touchdown pass to Jordan Bright and Laday Cooper returned the second half kickoff for a touchdown. That was Cooper’s second kick return touchdown this year.
The Tech defense gave up an early touchdown on a well orchestrated screen pass, but it buckled down from there and allowed no further points.
In Chesapeake play, Aberdeen (1-5, 3-6) was blanked by visiting Elkton (5-1, 8-1), 40-0; C. Milton Wright (4-2, 6-3) walloped visiting Fallston (0-6, 3-6), 50-8; and Bel Air (3-3, 4-5) beat host North Harford (2-4, 4-5), 31-6.
In Susquehanna play, Patterson Mill (2-4, 2-7) beat visiting Joppatowne (0-5, 0-9), 33-14; and North East (5-1, 5-4) beat visiting Perryville (3-2, 6-3), 48-28.
In MIAA B Conference play, John Carroll (2-3, 6-3) beat visiting St. Paul’s, 20-7.
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