Steve Gray also had an interception for CMW and Poorbaugh added a fumble recovery.

Fallston takes down Patterson Mill

The undefeated Fallston Cougars (6-0 overall, 3-0 Chesapeake) protected their perfect record Friday night, defeating the host Patterson Mill Huskies, 18-6.

The defeat knocked Patterson Mill down to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in Chesapeake Division games.

The start of Friday's contest saw the two teams engaged in a defensive battle because of the wet weather. Over the first eight minutes, the ball changed hands three times without either squad posting a point.

With three minutes left in the first quarter, the Huskies, after taking their second possession of the game following a Fallston punt, found themselves backed well into their own territory and facing a fourth-down play. The hosts decided to punt, but the long snap went over the head of the Huskies' punter and bounced out of bounds through the back of Patterson Mill's end zone, giving Fallston a safety and a 2-0 lead.

The play that turned out to be the game-winner came directly after the Huskies botched punt, when Patterson Mill safety kicked to Fallston. There to take the kick was Fallston running back Ross Mitchell, who darted through the oncoming Patterson Mill special teams unit, found a hole and sprinted 65 yards for a touchdown. Cougar kicker Luke Reuter nailed the extra point, giving the guests a 9-0 advantage.

Following Fallston's one-two punch, the game fell back into a running battle, with neither side managing to make significant gains through the first seven minutes of the second quarter.

With five minutes left before the halftime whistle, the Cougars had managed to grind their way to the Patterson Mill 13 yard line, where they faced a fourth-down. Rather than risk a turnover on downs in what would probably be a low-scoring affair, the Cougars sent Reuter out to wrap up the drive, and he put his 30-yard attempt through the uprights to give Fallston a 12-0 edge.

The remaining five minutes of the half saw three changes of possession, but not a point from either side, and Fallston went into the locker room at the intermission still holding its 12-0 lead.

The game's next score didn't come until eight minutes into the third quarter, following Patterson Mill's drive to the Fallston three yard line. Husky running back Devinn Fisher wrapped up his team's lone scoring push, rumbling across the Cougars' goal line for a three-yard touchdown run. Patterson Mill failed to convert on the extra-point kick, leaving the score at 12-6.

The Cougars did not have to wait long to cushion their lead, coming through with a score on the ensuing possession. After Fallston drove to their own 33, Andrew Monaghan took a carry, found daylight and took off for a 67-yard touchdown run. The Huskies blocked Reuter's point-after kick, which left the score 18-6.

The fourth quarter saw both sides take possession twice, and each drove inside the opposing 25-yard line on one of those possessions, but neither came up with a touchdown over the balance of the game.

North Harford wins wet one

In a Friday game slowed down by a nearly constant rain shower, the host-team North Harford Hawks (4-1 overall, 3-0 Chesapeake) outlasted the Aberdeen Eagles (3-3 overall, 1-2 Chesapeake) to take a 14-6 victory.

The lone score of the first half came in the opening quarter, when North Harford quarterback Nic Hammer capped a drive to the Aberdeen two yard line with a two-yard touchdown dive. Sean Bowling hit the extra-point pick, giving North Harford the 7-0 lead it would take into the halftime break.

In the third quarter, North Harford running back Scott Angstadt caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from Hammer to give the hosts another six points. Bowling put the point-after kick through the uprights, and the Hawks were up, 14-0.

Late in the fourth quarter, Aberdeen cut the North Harford lead down to 14-6, when quarterback Lavell McCullers hit Nate McKinney with a 14-yard touchdown pass. The Eagles, however, failed to convert on the two-point play, leaving the guests eight points behind.

The Hawks held on to the ball for the remainder of the contest to seal up their victory.

Rams win close one