The sixth week of the high school football season came and went Friday and it left both Havre de Grace and Harford Tech still standing with undefeated seasons.
C. Milton Wright, Bel Air, Edgewood and Perryville were also winners.
In Aberdeen, thanks to some costly errors by the opposition in the second half, CMW (3-0, 5-1) was able to fend off Aberdeen (1-2, 3-3), 23-14, in a pivotal UCBAC Chesapeake Divisional game.
Both CMW and Aberdeen looked in rhythm on offense early, with both teams producing lengthy touchdown drives to start the game. The Mustangs opened the contest keeping the Eagles defense off balance with their no-huddle spread offense, mixing in running and passing plays. However, the Mustangs found their early success through the air.
Mustangs quarterback Michael Starkey started out hot, completing his first three passes on the first drive. He capped the series off with a six-yard touchdown pass on an inside slant to give CMW an early 7-0 lead.
“It all started with the run game,” Starkey said. “We got [Aberdeen] on their feet with the run game and were able to hit some passes early. Got some good touchdowns early and in the second half we just pounded the ball.”
Aberdeen did not take long to answer back. The Eagles were much more methodical on their initial possession, electing to pound the ball with their barrage of running backs. The team turned to tailback Joshua Maxwell and the results proved fruitful, as he picked up an eight-yard first down on his first carry.
Several plays later, tailback Keion Brown took a reverse play 17 yards to get the Eagles into scoring range. A couple of plays later, the Eagles quarterback Silas Jenkins threw a perfect pass in the right corner of the end zone to Diamonte Striker, putting Aberdeen on the board. They converted a two-point conversion to take an 8-7 lead.
The elongated dive allowed the Aberdeen defense to collect themselves, leading to improved play. Although they were helped out by a Starkey overthrow to receiver Eric Stiemke that could have been a touchdown, the Eagles got two more stops and forced a punt, allowing the offense to continue the momentum.
Aberdeen continued to use their running backs to grind the clock out and keep the chains moving. Maxwell once again set the tone for the Eagles; he caught a screen pass and cut back inside for 16 yards and a first down. After more successful runs from Brown and Julian Murphy, Maxwell punched it in with 9:02 left in the second quarter to increase the lead to 14-7 as the PAT was no good. That, however, was all the scoring Aberdeen did for the rest of the game.
CMW answered back with a touchdown of its own later in the period. Starkey was able to find Eric Steimke over the middle on a post route to tie the game at 14.
After intermission, both offenses stagnated a bit, but the Eagles offense struggled in particular. The running lanes that opened up in the first half weren’t there anymore and their passing attack was non existent. Worse yet, the Aberdeen offense started committing turnovers. It started with an interception that was floated into double coverage. The Mustangs turned that miscue into a field goal to score their second lead of the game.
“The defense stepped up,” CMW head coach Michael Woods said. “You shut out a coach [Johnny] Brooks offense for a half, that’s impressive and I’m really proud of our boys.”
After both teams traded fumbles, CMW increases the lead on a Bryan Stiemke touchdown run up the middle to push the lead to nine. That was all the scoring the Mustangs needed. The Mustangs were able to control the rest of the game with an effective rushing attack.
Warriors beat Elks; Cobras beat Indians
Havre de Grace (3-0, 6-0) stayed unbeaten with an impressive win at Elkton (2-1, 5-1) in Chesapeake play.
The Warriors scored 32 unanswered points in the second half to win, 39-14. Havre de Grace was trailing, 14-7, at the half.
In the Warriors win, junior quarterback Alex Gresock completed 12-of-18 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for a score.
Jordan Day caught two touchdowns and finished with 162 receiving yards on five catches. Jordan White also had a touchdown catch.
Jasai Stansbury rushed for 102 yards on 19 carries and Sean Greeley added a touchdown run.
Greeley led the defense with 12 solo and 10 assisted tackles and Reggie Marks added eight solo tackles and four assists. Day had 10 total tackles and an interception and Josh Mergler contributed 12 total tackles. Robbie Shivers also had an interception.
Tech (2-0, 6-0), meanwhile, won its sixth straight game at North East ( 2-1, 2-4) in Susquehanna Division play. The Cobras won, 28-6.
Rams crush Hawks
Edgewood (1-2, 3-3) won big on the road, 48-7, at North Harford (1-2, 3-3) in Chesapeake play.
The Rams had five different players score touchdown, highlighted by the two longest plays of the night. Deontae Banks ran 98 yards for a score and Christian McDowell caught an 82-yard touchdown.
Antwain Banks carried the ball nine times for 104 yards and two touchdowns, while Naseem McDowell added six carries for 83 yards and two more touchdowns.
Antwon Powell finished the game off with two carries for 41 yards and a score.
On defense, Mike Johnson led the Rams with nine tackles and Dimitrius Johnson had eight. Isiah Gibbons and Anthony Bloom each had six tackles. Torrey Hill collected his first interception with a 15-yard return for score.
Bobcats beat Cougars
Bel Air (1-2, 2-4) beat visiting Fallston (0-3, 3-3), 34-13, in Chesapeake play.
The Bobcats piled up over 400 yards of offense, including 393 on the ground. Hunter Hruz led the way with 178 yards on 29 carries. Marquez Kimbrough added 45 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
Sincere Montgomery had 84 yards on 12 carries and Devin Anderson had six carries for 49 yards. Austin Rohlfing had two touchdown runs.
Anderson also had two catches for 40 yards and a touchdown and Ted Zaborowski added a touchdown reception.
Fallston quarterback Colin Akins (11-for-23) threw for 235 yards and two scores. Jimmy Johnson (4-87) and Alex Baily (3-98) had a touchdown reception each.
Defensively, Davon Bomar, Austin Hess and Noah Alexander had four total tackles each to pace Bel Air.
Cameron Conroy led Fallston with 14 solo and 12 assisted tackles. Colin Toner added 13 total tackles and Christian Wilson had 12.
In Susquehanna action, Joppatowne (0-3, 0-6) lost at Perryville (2-0, 5-1), 42-26; and Patterson Mill (0-3, 0-6) lost at Bo Manor (3-0, 4-2), 32-13.
In MIAA B Conference play, John Carroll (0-2, 4-2) was beaten by visiting St. Mary’s, 40-7.
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