Still stinging from a three-point overtime loss to Loyola in Week 3, the North Harford Hawks flipped the script on Friday and handed the visiting Bel Air football team a 21-20 defeat in the tightest of Week 4 Harford County football games.
Elsewhere in the county, Joppatowne bucked its losing streak by defeating Rising Sun, 22-14; Fallston topped Havre de Grace, 36-13; Aberdeen spanked C. Milton Wright, 54-14; and Edgewood defeated North East, 25-7.
Patterson Mill mounted a comeback against Perryville, which has not lost an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference contest since 2010, but the Huskies came up short in a 38-30 loss. Harford Tech suffered a 19-14 defeat to Patapsco.
Hawks by one
Friday's contest at North Harford came down to one point, and luckily for the host Hawks in fell on their side, as they beat visiting Bel Air, 21-20.
Trailing, 20-14, in the fourth quarter, the Hawks found what they needed in the form of a game-tying, 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nic Hammer to Ryan Feiss. North Harford kicker Sean Bowling stepped up with the game in his hands and placed his extra-point attempt through the uprights, giving the Hawks a one-point edge they would hold through the final whistle.
Following a scoreless opening quarter, Bel Air kicked off scoring with a loud statement, as running back Devin Bowers broke loose from the Bobcat 14 and sprinted 86 yards for a touchdown. Sean Vono hit the extra-point kick and Bel Air had a 7-0 lead.
North Harford answered a short time later, with Hammer hitting Feiss with a 25-yard touchdown throw. Bowling's point-after kick went through, tying the game.
On Bel Air's next possession, with the Bobcats backed up into their own territory, North Harford safety Jeff Mergler picked off one of Bel Air quarterback Matt Wallace's pass attempts and returned it 25 yards for the touchdown. Bowling hit his second extra-point of the night to give the hosts a 14-7 cushion.
Before halftime, Wallace hit receiver Miguel Valdes with a nine-yard touchdown pass. Vono nailed the point-after kick to send the teams into the locker room deadlocked at 14.
Bowers scored his second touchdown of the night in the third quarter, this one coming on a 16-yard run, but Bel Air's subsequent two-point conversion attempt was stopped by the Hawks, leaving the score at 20-14.
North Harford moved to 2-1 overall with the win, while Bel Air fell to 3-1.
Joppatowne ends win drought
Winless in three regular-season games before Friday's contest, the Joppatowne Mariners (1-3) finally put a check in the victory column, defeating host Rising Sun, 22-14.
Shawn Jonson led the way for the Mariners' offense, racking up 135 yards and scoring two touchdowns on 30 carries.
Joppatowne quarterback Kenny Baroch was two for four passing, with both completions going to Benny Myrick, who finished with 70 receiving yards.
Daishon Murrell had a team best six tackles and had one quarterback sack. Brandon Waters and Kahri Blackman both had five tackles in the win, while Malik Smith and Immanuel Grant each had four tackles. Jeff Harmon posted one sack for Joppatowne.
Huskies fall short against Perryville
Hoping to knock off visiting Perryville, which has not lost an regular-season football game since 2010, the Patterson Mill Huskies (3-1) came up a bit short on Friday, losing 38-30 to the Panthers.
Perryville led the game, 24-10, at halftime, but the Huskies jumped back to within one point by outscoring the guests 13-0 in the third quarter. Perryville answered with two touchdowns in the final 12 minutes, while the hosts could only score one.