In Week Two of Harford County high school football, there were some mighty big scores as Aberdeen, Bel Air, Fallston and Patterson Mill all posted 34 points or more in Friday night victories. At 25-20, Havre de Grace's win over Harford Tech wasn't far behind.
Aberdeen, the highest-scoring team of the evening, dispatched Joppatowne, 52-16. Bel Air knocked off visiting Elkton, 35-12. Fallston also hit the 50-point mark, beating Edgewood, 50-6, while Patterson Mill routed Rising Sun, 40-6. The tightest and lowest-scoring was Havre de Grace's win.
C. Milton Wright played its Week Two game a day early, and claimed a 48-8 victory over Western STES Thursday night.
North Harford's originally scheduled contest, a Thursday game with Albert Einstein, was postponed because of lightning. The game could not be made up Friday or Saturday because of Yom Kippur. The game will not be made up.
John Carroll played its third game of the season Saturday and fell to visiting Delmar of Delaware, 45-36.
Bel Air dominates Elkton
Playing at home on their turf field Friday evening, the Bel Air Bobcats (2-0) racked up their second dominant performance over a Cecil County team in as many weeks, beating visiting Elkton, 35-12.
What would have been a 29-point victory for the Bobcats was cut at the end of the game, when Elkton scored with 14 seconds left, leaving the Bel Air lead at 23.
The hosts kicked off their offensive show halfway through the first quarter when running back Devin Bowers cracked off a 40-yard touchdown dash.
After driving all the way to the Elkton one in the opening minutes of the second half, the Bobcats had their second touchdown when Brendan Yetter drove across the goal line. Bowers took the handoff on the two-point conversion attempt and made it to the end zone, giving Bel Air a 14-0 advantage.
On their next possession, the Bobcats marched to the Elkton 15 on five plays, then saw the drive capped when Bowers scored his second touchdown of the night on a weak-side pitch. Joe Whilden connected on the extra-point kick and the host team was up, 21-0.
Elkton drove to the Bel Air 30 in the final minute of the first half, but a fourth-and-two pass was picked off by Bel Air's Mike Marshall, ending the threat. Bel Air kneeled on the ball and went into the locker room at halftime with a 21-point lead.
Elkton took the opening possession of the second half, but turned the ball over on its own 21 following a botched long snap on a fourth-and-18 punt attempt. Bel Air needed just three plays to score, with the touchdown coming on a six-yard sprint by Jack Lewis. Whilden hit his second extra-point attempt, giving his team a 28-0 edge.
Elkton notched a touchdown on its next possession, but missed the extra-point attempt, leaving the score, 28-6.
Bel Air's ensuing possession was its longest of the night, as the Bobcats took nine plays to score. The final play of the drive was a 15-yard touchdown run by Lewis. Whilden put the point-after kick through the uprights for Bel Air's final tally of the night.
Elkton found the Bel Air end zone with 14.4 seconds left on the clock.
Warriors edge Cobras
Havre de Grace (1-1) used a big start and a big finish to grab its first win of the season, edging visiting Harford Tech, 25-20, at James Harris Stadium in Friday night high school football.
Mike Wheeler created Havre de Grace's big start, taking the opening kickoff back 85 yards for a touchdown. Wheeler broke through a hole 10 yards up the field and then outran the Tech tacklers the remaining 75 yards. Geno Nappi kicked the extra-point for a 7-0 lead, but it didn't last long.
Tech (0-2) scored on its second possession with quarterback Justin Smith hooking up with James Holcomb for a 44-yard touchdown pass and catch. Smith also added the point-after-try to tie the game 7-7.