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.
The Cobras then went ahead early in the second quarter. Marcus Clifton ran 11 yards for the score, capping an eight-play, 51-yard drive, that began with Cody Bugda's fumble recovery. Smith's PAT made it 14-7.
A Tech fumble then set Havre de Grace up for its second touchdown, an 11-yard pass from quarterback Jack Eberhardt to running back Shawn Cardwell with 5:33 to play in the half. The point-after-kick was no good, leaving the Warriors behind, 14-13.
Havre de Grace appeared to going in for a go-ahead score in the final seconds of the half, but another fumble halted the drive at the Tech 15.
The Warriors first possession of the second half also resulted in a lost fumble in the Cobras end zone.
Despite that, Havre de Grace put together a scoring drive to start the fourth quarter. The drive culminated with Eberhardt passing 14 yards into the end zone to Jordan Lynam. The conversion for two points failed, but Havre de Grace had a 19-14 lead with 10:27 to play.
Tech, though, had an answer. The Cobras, taking advantage of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Havre de Grace bench, had possession at the Havre de Grace 41. Two passes from Smith to Dan Meade covered 33 yards. The Cobras used a one-yard sneak by Smith to go back ahead, 20-19, with 3:31 remaining. The two-point conversion failed.
That set up Havre de Grace's big finish.
The game-winning drive started with a 13-yard screen pass to Cardwell from the Havre de Grace 48. The drive ended seven plays later on Cardwell's six-yard touchdown run with :44 left. Cardwell finished with 72 yards on 10 carries.
The two-point conversion failed and Tech still had life. A 38-yard pass to Bugda put the Cobras at the Warriors 18-yard line with :02 to play. Smith's (4-for-5, 127 yards) last pass fell into the end zone incomplete, setting off victory celebrations on the field and in the stands. Elijah Minter led Tech with 82 yards on 16 carries. Minter also led the Tech defense with nien tackles.
Warriors quarterback Eberhardt finished 13-for-18 for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
Patterson Mill wins big
The Patterson Mill Huskies (2-0) picked up a road victory on Friday, defeating the Rising Sun Tigers, 40-6.
Trey Hall led the Huskies in their victory, racking up 142 yards on 10 carries, and scoring touchdowns on runs of 50, 31 and 17 yards
Devinn Fisher ran for 129 yards on 16 carries, while fellow Husky Ky'el Hemby caught three passes for 32 yards and one touchdown. On the ground, Hemby ran for 29 yards on three caries. .
Patterson Mill quarterback Austin Baltimore completed four of five passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns.
Will Urban led the Huskies defense, posting 10 tackles, while Damon Lloyd had nine tackles. Hall and Joe King both had eight tackles.
Aberdeen crunches Joppa
Aberdeen (2-0) won its second straight Route 40 matchup on Friday night, routing the host-team Joppatowne Mariners (0-2), 52-16.
Eagles' quarterback Lavell McCullers had a big night, tossing four touchdown passes, and completing nine of 14 attempts for 150 yards. McCullers also racked up 80 rushing yards and one touchdown on seven carries.
Ken Shea McCraney ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns on 15 rushing attempts in the victory.
Aberdeen's Chapree Cromwell returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown.
Kion Gibson paced Aberdeen in tackles with 11, while teammate James Blackwell had eight tackles.
Joppatowne's Shawn Johnson ran for 120 yards on 19 carries, while fellow Mariner Will downs had 26 yards on five carries.
Mariners' quarterback Kenny Baroch completed three of 14 passes for 60 yards.
Fallston knocks off Edgewood
The Fallston Cougars beat host Edgewood, 50-6, in Friday football matchup
The victory pushed Fallston to 2-0 for the season, while Edgewood fell to 0-2.
Fallston quarterback Brendan Weinhold notched 118 passing yards and tossed two touchdown passes.
Cougar running back Ross Mitchell rushed for two touchdowns, and fellow backfield member Andrew Monaghan also found the Edgewood end zone twice.
Edgewood's Jeremy Middlebrooks ran for 101 yards on 15 carries.
James Johnson and Langston Guinn led Edgewood in tackles with nine each.
The Rams' lone touchdown came on an 80-yard kickoff return by Izaiah Sneed.
Patriots suffer first loss
John Carroll was dealt its first loss of the season Saturday, falling to visiting Delmar of Delaware, 45-36. The loss dropped the Patriots to 2-1.
The contest was an even, see-saw battle that saw Delmar leading 7-6 after one quarter. The game was knotted 21-21 at the half and 29-29 through three quarters. Delmar outscored John Carroll, 16-7, in the final quarter to earn the win.
John Carroll running back Paul Lorick had another solid game, rushing for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Allen Bryant added 50 yards and two touchdowns on four carries. Jerome Brown finished with 73 yards on four carries. Lorick and Bryant also added a conversion run each.
The Patriots also scored once through the air, with Jake Rosaschi hauling in a 60-yard touchdown pass from Colin McCaughey. Kicker Pat Kimble was two of three on extra-point attempts.
Defensively, Julian Meares posted 10 tackles (three unassisted), while Gus Lane had 10 assisted tackles. Luke Rinehart added seven tackles, while Bryant, Isaiah Speller-Martin, Nolan Clawson and Andrew Reininger each made six tackles.
Mustangs win big
Playing football on Thursday night didn't seem to hurt C. Milton Wright – the Mustangs reeled off big points for a second straight week in a 48-8 rout of visiting Western STES.
In CMW's win, the Mustangs (2-0) were a bit slow to start, but once quarterback Omar Walker got going, it was all Mustangs. Walker completed just three of 10 passes in the first half, but the first one went for an eight-yard touchdown to Tyler Lewis with 4:09 left in the first quarter. Michael Poorbaugh added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
Western STES scored its lone touchdown early in the second quarter, but it was good enough to send the Wolverines into the half ahead. Tejon Anthony scored on a five-yard run and quarterback Angelo Payne added a two-point conversion run to put the Wolverines on top, 8-7, with 10:23 remaining in the half.
Neither team found the end zone the rest of the half and when the teams came back out for the second half, the third quarter belonged to the Mustangs and quarterback Walker.
Walker completed just four more passes in the second half, but all four went for touchdowns. Walker finished seven for 17 for 221 yards and five touchdowns in three quarters of play.
Lewis caught his second touchdown of the night to open the second half scoring, covering 34 yards. Osiah Walker added the two-point conversion by run for a 15-7 lead. The next time Osiah Walker touched the ball, he was catching a short pass from twin brother, Omar. Osiah then turned the two yard catch into a 77-yard touchdown with 5:03 left in quarter number three.
The Mustangs fumbled away their next possession, the only turnover by the club, before Will Hazelton got into the touchdown receiving act. Hazelton hauled in a 39-yard scoring pass with 2:46 left and two minutes later, grabbed another pass near the goal line and strolled in for a 29-yard score. The lead was 35-8.
That ended the night for most if not all the CMW starters, but the Mustangs scoring wasn't over.
Back-up quarterback Reggie Washington raced 60 yards to pay dirt, 1:10 into the fourth quarter and Greg Robinson closed out the scoring with a rushing touchdown as well. Poorbaugh finished the night with four extra-point kicks.