The Fallston Cougars were the top story of Week 10 in Harford County football, as they shellacked Bel Air, 49-22, Friday night to wrap up a perfect regular season.
In other Week 10 action, the North Harford Hawks were upset by the Perryville Panthers, 49-36; C. Milton Wright rallied to defeat Havre de Grace, 36-21; Aberdeen held on to defeat Patterson Mill, 25-14; Edgewood took a slugfest with Bo Manor, 47-41; Harford Tech defeated Rising Sun, 36-6; and Joppatowne topped Elkton, 35-27.
After all that, the regular season ended with three area teams – Aberdeen, Fallston and Perryville – headed to the state playoffs that begin Friday night.
Fallston finishes perfect
With its win at Bel Air Friday, Fallston become the lone UCBAC team to post a perfect regular season record this year. The Cougars finished 10-0 overall and 7-0 in Chesapeake (upper) Division play, while Bel Air fell to 6-4 overall, and 3-4 against Chesapeake Division opponents.
The win also gave Fallston the top seed in the Class 2A East Region playoffs. The Cougars will host fourth seed Easton at 7 p.m. Friday.
In last week's win at Bel Air, the Cougars wasted no time putting points on the board, as return man Vance Adesanya took the opening kickoff and sprinted 87 yards for a touchdown. Luke Reuter nailed the extra point, and Fallston had a 7-0 lead with less than 15 seconds off the clock.
Fallston scored on its next possession, as well, when the Cougars drove to the Bel Air four before Andrew Monaghan rumbled into the Bobcats' end zone for a touchdown. Reuter was good on the kick to put Fallston up, 14-0.
On their initial possession of the second quarter, the Cougars pushed inside the Bel Air red zone and Ross Mitchell sprinted across the goal line from the 12 for his team's third touchdown. Reuter's kick was good, and Fallston moved ahead, 21-0.
After getting the ball back midway through the second quarter via an interception by Erik Detloff, the Cougars ground their way to the Bel Air goal line, where quarterback Brendan Weinhold scored on a keeper for Fallston. Reuter's kick gave the guests a 28-0 edge.
Bel Air first visited the Fallston end zone with about two minutes left in the half. After the Bobcats drove to the Cougars' two, Bel Air running back Miguel Valdes took a handoff and scored his team's first touchdown. The Bobcats elected to go for two, but the pass from Bel Air quarterback Matt Wallace was batted down, leaving the score at 28-6.
Not content to run out the remaining time before the half, the Cougars scored as the second quarter expired, with Weinhold hitting Niko Rice on a 30-yard touchdown pass. On the final play of the first half, Reuter hit his fifth extra-point of the game to push Fallston out to a 35-6 lead.
The lone score of the third quarter came from the Cougars, whose fullback Zach Pembroke wrapped up a 58-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run. Reuter's extra-point kick was good, and Fallston had a 42-6 cushion.
Early in the fourth quarter, Bel Air scored its second touchdown, this one coming on a 21-yard pass from Wallace to receiver Ben Webber. On the two-point play, Wallace hit Webber in the end zone again to make the score, 42-14.
Fallston's final score of the night came in the middle of the fourth quarter, as Weinhold made it across the goal line from one yard out on his second quarterback keeper touchdown of the game. Reuter capped a perfect 7-for-7 night by hitting his final extra-point kick.
With a little over a minute remaining, Bel Air drove inside the Fallston 20, and Wallace tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Forrester. The Bobcats converted on the two-point play, with Wallace sneaking the ball into the end zone to put the score at 49-22.
Panthers beat Hawks
North Harford visited Perryville in Chesapeake action with both teams eyeing potential spots in next week's region playoffs.
The result was not good for the Hawks (4-3 league, 5-4 overall) who could not stop the Panthers (3-4 league, 6-4 overall) offense, especially senior Eathen Griffin.
The loss knocked North Harford out of the state playoffs, while the win pushed Perryville into the Class 1A East second seed. The Panthers will host third seed Kent County at 7 p.m. Friday.