Week Eight of UCBAC Friday Night Football did not disappoint as unbeaten Fallston handed Perryville its third straight loss, beating the Panthers 38-6, and the Aberdeen Eagles thumped Havre de Grace, 43-13, in a Route 40 showdown.
Bel Air won its cross-town matchup with Patterson Mill, 28-7. North Harford bashed C. Milton Wright, 53-26. Joppatowne came through with a 20-14 victory over North East; and Edgewood topped Harford Tech, 46-20, to round out play for the evening.
Fallston drops Perryville
The Perryville Panthers, owners of a 25-game, two-year-long UCBAC winning streak as of three weeks ago, continued to be shown how tough things can be in the conference's Chesapeake (upper) Division. Those doing the proving this week were the Fallston Cougars, who wore down the host Panthers en route to a 38-6 victory.
The victory moved Fallston's perfect record to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in Chesapeake Division contests. Perryville, which narrowly avoided a loss to Bel Air four weeks ago with a fourth-quarter comeback victory, slipped to 2-3 in league play and 5-3 overall.
Fallston's defense was relentless, holding the Panthers scoreless after a first quarter touchdown and squeezing the hosts for four turnovers.
Perryville struck first on offense with a three-yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown by Cameron Cunningham, who one play earlier hit Tyrell Hollingsworth with a 63-yard pass. The point after was missed.
On their second possession of the game, the Cougars went ahead for good. After Fallston marched inside the Perryville 10, running back Ross Mitchell took a handoff, found breathing room and rumbled across the Panthers' goal line for a six-yard touchdown. Luke Reuter came on to take the extra-point kick and sent his attempt through the uprights, giving Fallston a one-point edge.
After exchanging possessions with the Panthers, Fallston drove to Perryville's 35. From there, quarterback Brendan Weinhold threw a touchdown pass to Vance Adesanya. Reuter nailed his kick and the Cougars were up, 14-6.
Perryville nearly scored in the waning seconds of the first half on a long pass from Cunningham to running back Eathen Griffin, but the Fallston defense stopped the Panthers just short of the goal line to preserve the eight-point advantage at the half.
The next score would not come until six minutes into the third quarter when Fallston, after driving to the Perryville 10, was faced with fourth down. Rather than try for a first down, Reuter kicked a 27-yard field goal, putting the guests up, 17-6.
On their next possession, which stretched into the fourth quarter, the Cougars chipped away at the Panther defense, moving the ball to the Perryville one yard. From there, Billy Mojica ran it up the middle and Reuter's kick pushed Fallston's lead to 24-6.
After getting the ball back right away via Perryville's fourth and final turnover of the contest, the Cougars scored again, this time with Weinhold hitting Niko Rice for a 10-yard touchdown pass. Reuter's kick stretched Fallston's lead to 31-6.
The Panthers' next possession seemingly ended with a successful fake punt that went for a touchdown, but the score nullified by a flag for illegal formation.
Fallston, after fielding Perryville's punt, needed just 35 seconds to score its next touchdown - on Weinhold's 25-yard scoring pass to Brad Rose. Reuter hit the extra-point, making him a perfect 6-for-6 on kicks in the game.
Eagles thump Warriors
Aberdeen (3-2 league, 5-3 overall) spoiled Havre de Grace's homecoming with a 43-13 Chesapeake Division win.
Former Havre de Grace student and quarterback Lavell McCullers led Aberdeen to the lopsided victory, tossing three touchdown passes and running for another.
McCullers (14-for-17 for 245 yards) threw 40 yards to Mark Meynisse (three catches for 65 yards) to get the scoring started midway through the first quarter and then near the end of the quarter, connected with Tavaughn Coleman (two catches for 43 yards) on a 41-yard strike. That same combination hooked up again, less than two minutes into the second quarter from two-yards out to extend the Eagles lead to 22-0.
Ken Shea McCraney (five carries for 65 yards) added a four-yard touchdown run to close the first half scoring. Eric Whittie was perfect on all five extra-point attempts, three in the first half.