Week Five in Harford County high school did not disappoint, as the local teams saw plenty of thrills and tight finishes.
North Harford thumped Havre de Grace, 42-7. Bel Air had its last-minute lead against Perryville dissolve in a 45-42 loss. Fallston beat Aberdeen, 19-14, with the help of a last-second field goal. Joppatowne defeated Harford Tech, 22-8. Patterson Mill won by the closest of margins, beating C. Milton Wright, 13-12. Edgewood suffered a tough loss, 49-13, to St. Mary's Ryken.
Hawks beat Warriors
In Havre de Grace, where James R. Harris Stadium was officially dedicated before the Warriors hosted North Harford, Hawks quarterback Nic Hammer stole the spotlight.
The senior scored all six North Harford touchdowns as the Hawks (2-0, 3-1) rolled over Havre de Grace, 42-7, in an UCBAC Chesapeake (upper) Division game.
Hammer scored on runs of 11 and 46 yards in the first quarter. A one-yard Hammer sneak accounted for the Hawks lone second quarter score.
Hammer wasted no time scoring number four, racing 49 yards to pay dirt on the second play of the half. Like a replay, Hammer added a 44-yard scoring run the next time the Hawks had the ball.
Hammer's final score came late in the third quarter from 29 yards out. Kicker Sean Bowling provided all six extra-point kicks. Bowling also attempted a 47-yard field goal at the end of the first half, but it was wide left, with plenty of distance.
Havre de Grace (0-2, 2-3) avoided the shutout when Jordan Hawthorne (seven carries, 97 yards) busted off an 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Geno Nappi kicked the extra-point.
Bel Air stopped by Perryville
The Bel Air Bobcats were a defensive stop away Friday night from ending Perryville's 24-game regular season winning streak, but they could not keep the host-team Panthers out of the end zone in the game's final minute, and the contest ended as a 45-42 loss for the visitors.
The defeat dropped Bel Air to 3-2 for the season, and 0-2 in Chesapeake Division games.
The two teams, after ending the third quarter within one point of each other, saved the best for last, with each scoring a pair of touchdowns over the final seven minutes.
Bel Air, which was trailing, 29-28, took its first lead of the game halfway through the fourth quarter when Devin Bowers capped a drive to the Perryville four by barreling into the end zone for a touchdown. The Bobcats converted on the two-point conversion to take a 36-29 advantage.
Perryville wrestled the lead back on its next possession, scoring on a quarterback keeper, then adding a two-point conversion to go up, 37-36.
With just under 90 seconds left on the clock, Bel Air went back ahead in dramatic fashion, as quarterback Matt Wallace, flushed out of the pocket by the Perryville defense and nearly sacked, threw to Daniel Forrester for a 45-yard touchdown. Bel Air's two-point conversion attempt was stopped by Perryville, leaving the Bobcats with a 42-37 lead.
Perryville got the ball back one last time, and managed to score what would be the game-winning touchdown on a 17-yard quarterback scramble with 40 seconds left. The two-point conversion gave Perryville its final 45-42 edge.
The Bobcats, however, were not finished. On Perryville's ensuing kickoff, Bel Air return man Arnold Davis found daylight and sprinted for the opposing end zone, but the Panther kick off unit brought him down on the 15. With 25 seconds left and no timeouts, Bel Air went to the air on the first play from scrimmage, but Wallace's pass to the end zone was picked off by Perryville's secondary.
Perryville opened the scoring in the first quarter with a three-yard touchdown run and an extra-point kick.
Later in the first quarter, Bel Air answered with a drive to the Perryville 10, which ended with a touchdown scramble by Wallace. Bel Air's extra-point attempt went wide, leaving the Bobcats behind, 7-6.
Perryville scored two unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter, which put the hosts ahead, 21-6.
In the final minute of the first half, with Bel Air facing a fourth-down play deep in Perryville territory, Wallace rolled out and hit Miguel Valdes with a 20-yard touchdown pass. The Bobcats scored on the two-point play, and went into the locker room trailing at halftime, 21-14.
Bel Air took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove 60 yards to Perryville's goal line. Wallace wrapped up the series with a one-yard touchdown dive, but the Bobcats failed to score on the two-point conversion, which left Perryville with a 21-20 advantage.
Following a 42-yard touchdown pass and a two-point conversion that put the Panthers up, 29-20, Bel Air cut its deficit to one, with Wallace scoring on a nine-yard scramble. He then found the end zone on the two-point play.
Undefeated Fallston edges Aberdeen
In Friday's game at Fallston, the Cougars walk earned a 19-14 victory over the Aberdeen Eagles.
The victory put Fallston (2-0 Chesapeake) at 5-0 for the season, while Aberdeen (1-1 Chesapeake) fell to 3-2.
The teams were tied at 14 when Fallston took its final possession. After driving to the Aberdeen 10, and with just six seconds remaining, the Cougars put the game in the hands of place-kicker Luke Reuter, who sent his 27-yard attempt through the uprights to give his team with the winning margin.
On the ensuing kickoff, Fallston's special teams unit tackled the Aberdeen return man in the Eagles' end zone for a safety, making the score, 19-14.
Trailing, 14-7, with seven minutes left, Fallston tied the game with a 15-yard touchdown sprint by running back Ross Mitchell, and a point-after kick by Reuter.
Fallston, down 14-0 at the time, got its first touchdown from Mitchell late in the second quarter, when he rumbled across the goal line from 16 yards out.
Aberdeen went ahead, 7-0, with a touchdown and an extra-point kick four minutes into the first quarter.
Later in the opening quarter, Aberdeen quarterback Lavell McCullers hit Tavaughn Coleman with a scoring pass for what would be the Eagles final touchdown of the evening.
Mariners beat Cobras
In Susquehanna action, host Joppatowne knocked off Harford Tech, 22-8. The game was tied 8-8 in the third quarter, before Joppatowne scored 14 unanswered points.
Shawn Johnson led the Joppatowne (2-0, 2-3) attack, rushing the ball 24 times for 141 yards and one touchdown. Malik Smith added 100 yards and a score on 10 carries and Will Downs added 32 yards on five carries.
Mariners quarterback Kenny Baroch completed just 1-of-6 passes for 38 yards, but the completion was good for a score to Raequan Demby.
Tech's (0-1, 0-4) lone score came on a Marcus Clifton five-yard run and a two-point conversion run by Elijah Minter.
Downs and Smith led the Mariners defense with six tackles each. Brandon Waters added five tackles and Jeff Harmon had two sacks. Will Veney and Malik Pender had four tackles apiece.
Rams lose on road
Edgewood went on the road and out of league play at St. Mary's Ryken and came back with a 49-13 loss.
The Rams (2-3) scored on the first play of the game when Kaliel Barmer hooked up with Izaiah Sneed on a 62-yard pass and catch touchdown.
From that point on, it was all St. Mary's who scored on a punt return and two interception returns as well as their offensive success.
Edgewood's other touchdown came on a one-yard run by Jeremy Middlebrooks .
Huskies beat Mustangs by one
The Patterson Mill boys won by the smallest of margins on Friday, knocking off host C. Milton Wright ,13-12.
The victory pushed Patterson Mill (1-1 Chesapeake) to 4-1 overall, while CMW (0-2 Chesapeake) dropped to 3-2.
Trey Hall led the Huskies' offensive effort, going for 255 yards and one touchdown on 29 rushing attempts.
Patterson Mill kicker A.J. Brocato hit two key field goals, nailing a 31-yard attempt, and converting another from 30 yards out.
Patterson Mill quarterback Austin Baltimore hit five of six passes for 45 yards.
Will Urban had a team-best 11 tackles in the victory, and intercepted one CMW pass attempt. Matt Larson and Isaiah Hollis both had two sacks for the Huskies.