The highlights for week ten high school football teams in Harford County happened in multiple places Friday night.
None bigger, though, as in Joppatowne where the Harford Tech Cobras polished off an unbeaten regular season for the first time ever in Tech football history.
Meanwhile, well across the Susquehanna River, C. Milton Wright was helping the Cobras and themselves with a 14-13 win at Elkton, which should put the Mustangs (7-3) in the 3A playoffs as well as give Tech a home playoff game in 2A action.
The other highlight came in Havre de Grace where the Warriors beat the North Harford Hawks to become UCBAC Chesapeake Division champions.
In Joppatowne, it took the Tech Cobras (6-0, 10-0) some time to get rolling, but once they did, the unbeaten season was well in hand. The Cobras beat the Mariners, 57-14, in Susquehanna Division play. The loss ended the Mariners season at 0-6 in league and 0-10 overall.
“It feels amazing, honestly, it’s my senior year, past couple years we haven’t really performed to our ability,” senior Kyle Cicone said. “It’s bittersweet just coming out this year, 10-0 for the first time ever, Harford Tech playoffs. I got to give it to my coach, coach Palmer, gotta give it to my team. None of this would have happened if it wasn’t for them.”
Cicone has a been a solid leader for the Cobras on both sides of the ball and it continued Friday night.
Cicone carried the ball seven times for 45 yards and two touchdowns. All of it came in the first half.
Teammate Jalen Dangerfield did all his work in the first half as well. The junior ran for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. His touchdown runs covered 61 and 45 yards, repectively.
“First off, this was a blessing, 10-0 for the first time in history, Harford Tech, were not known for that,” Dangerfield said. “On the two touchdown runs, the holes were wide open, the line was blocking really hard tonight. All I had to do was follow my blockers and get through it and on the second one, I just had to make one move, and touchdown.”
The first run gave the Cobras a 10-0 lead late in the first quarter and the second score made it 34-14 with 2:44 left in the first half.
The Mariners, despite the winless record, put up a pretty good battle for much of the first half. Joppatowne quarterback Alan Brown passed 26 yards to Aaron Johnson to get the Mariners on the scoreboard.
The score came just 14 seconds into the second quarter and cut the Tech lead to 10-6.
Jordan Bright’s second of two field goals, followed by Cicone’s first touchdown run, pushed the score back out to 20-6.
Cicone’s second scoring run, from a half-yard out, made it 27-6, but the Mariners answered with one big play. Quarterback Brown scrambled and connected with Damion Harris on an 80-yard scoring strike.
A conversion pass back to Harris made it 27-14 with just under 3:00 to play in the half.
Dangerfield’s 45-yard scoring jaunt followed on the next snap and the Cobras still weren’t done. An interception by TJ Lowery gave the ball back to the Cobras at the Mariners 45 with 1:52 left.
Cobras quarterback Ryan Hunt (7-for-10, 137 yards) completed three passes with the third to Jeremiah Minter going for 29 yards and a touchdown. That gave the Cobras a 41-14 halftime lead.
It didh’t take long for the Cobras to push the lead to 35 point and initiate the running clock. The Mariners fumbled the second half kickoff and Tech’s Keith Green recovered the ball at the Joppatowne 30.
Hunt threw 30 yards to Bright on first down for the score and Hunt tossed to Dangerfield for the two-point conversion.
Dangerfield then added an interception, which led to Tech’s final points. Minter did the honors from two yards out and Cicone added the two-point conversion by run.
Laday Cooper and Minter also had interceptions for the Cobras.
Joppatowne quarterback Brown completed 11-of -23 passes for 264 yards and the two touchdowns, but he was also picked off five times.
Harris had four catches for 150 yards and Johnson had four catches for 92 yards.
“First of all, what I want to do is, I want to applaud Joppatowne, you know I coached here last year and the year before that and that was a team that hadn’t won a game all year and they came in here and played like absolute champions,” Tech coach Tim Palmer said. “They played wth heart, they played with passion and they gave us fits at times and you got to tip your hats off to them in the effort they gave tonight, knowing the situation and they really came in here prepared and ready to play football and I they did an outstanding job.”
Warriors beat Hawks
Havre de Grace (6-1, 9-1) claimed the Chesapeake title with its 41-14 win over visiting North Harford (2-5, 4-6).
Senior Sean Greeley led the way with three touchdown runs. The Warriors will play at home next week in the 1A playoffs.
Edgewood (5-2, 7-3) locked up a 3A playoff spot, winning at Fallston (0-7, 3-7), 48-14, in Chesapeake play.
Also in Chesapeake play, Bel Air (4-3, 5-5) closed the season at .500 with a 48-6 pounding of visiting Aberdeen (1-6, 3-7).
In Susquehanna play, Bo Manor (4-2, 6-4) shut out host Perryville (3-3, 6-4), 28-0. The result, coupled with Cambridge-South Dorchester’s win over Easton, likely put Perryville out of the 1A playoff field.
In non-conference play, Patterson Mill (3-7) closed with a win, beating host Kent County, 20-0.
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