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.
Griffin ran for 225 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries and added another touchdown on four pass receptions for 109 yards.
Griffin's 17-yard reception was the game's first play, and the drive ended with Elijah Johnson hauling in a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cam Cunningham (7-for-15 for 202 yards).
Griffin's first score came on the Panthers next possession. He raced 27 yards with 4:07 still to play in the opening quarter.
North Harford countered on the ensuing possession to pull within, 13-8, but never got closer until the final minutes. Quarterback Nic Hammer raced 33 yards for the score and Ryan Feiss added the conversion by run.
Perryville added two more scores before the half to take a commanding lead, 28-8. Tyrell Hollingsworth caught a 26-yard touchdown pass and then intercepted a Hammer pass that led to Griffin adding his receiving touchdown on a 55-yard screen pass.
Hammer passed seven yards to Feiss (eight catches for 78 yards) to open the second half, but Perryville answered with back-to-back touchdown runs by Griffin. The runs covered 13 and 39 yards, respectively, increasing the lead to 42-14.
Hammer (11 carries for 68 yards) added his second rushing touchdown early in the final quarter to make it, 42-22, but his third interception led to Perryville's final score, a seven-yard run by Cunningham, who had nine carries for 64 yards.
The Hawks made it a bit more interesting late. Hammer pitched to Feiss, who then threw back to Hammer on a 40-yard scoring play. Hammer (15-for-24 for 146 yards) then threw 19 yards to Scott Angstadt and lineman Jake Hughes ran for two points.
Mustangs beat Warriors
C. Milton Wright (2-5 league, 5-5 overall) visited Havre de Grace (1-6 league, 3-7 overall) in the season finale for both. The Mustangs won the Chesapeake contest, 36-21.
Omar Walker passed for a touchdown and rushed for one as well, while Kenny King added had two rushing touchdowns.
Osiah Walker caught a touchdown and Will Hazelton had a rushing touchdown.
Havre de Grace got a 69-yard opening game kickoff return touchdown from Mikey Wheeler.
Jordan Hawthorne (10 carries for 107 yards) ran for a 30-yard score and Jordan Lynam caught a seven-yard scoring pass from Geno Nappi to close the Warriors scoring.
Nappi also added an extra-point kick and Shawn Cardwell ran for a two-point conversion.
Aberdeen over Patterson Mill
The Aberdeen Eagles (5-2 league, 7-3 overall) came away from their Friday night road game at Patterson Mill with a 25-14 victory over the host Huskies (3-4 league, 6-4 overall). The win, coupled with the North Harford and Bel Air losses, allowed Aberdeen to get the third seed in Class 3A North. The Eagles will visit second seed Milford Mill at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Aberdeen's Ken-Shae McCraney caught two touchdown passes to lead the Eagles.
Patterson Mill's Austin Baltimore completed 14 of 24 passes for 164 yards.
Huskies running back Trey Hall had 199 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. Devin Fisher had 100 rushing yards on 10 carries and caught five passes for 55 yards in the loss.
A.J. Brocato had 82 receiving yards on four catches for Patterson Mill.
Will Urban led the Huskies in tackles with seven.
Rams win Susquehanna
Edgewood (6-0 league, 7-3 overall) beat visiting Bo Manor, 47-41, to win the Susquehanna Division championship.
Izaiah Sneed led the way with 181 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. One came on a 75-yard kickoff return. Quarterback Kaleil Barmer had the best game of his high school career, throwing for 193 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. James Johnson had 107 yards of receiving and one touchdown.
Jeremy Middlebrooks continued the Rams tremendous night, rushing for 199 yards on 29 carries with two touchdowns.
Johnson also anchored the defense with 16 total tackles, six solo. The Rams also received inspired defensive play from David Moore, five tackles and one fumble recovery, while Langston Guinn and Yusuf Aderomilin had 10 total tackles each.
Tech over Rising Sun
The Harford Tech Cobras (2-4 league, 2-7 overall) wrapped up a tough regular-season campaign with a Susquehanna victory Friday, beating visiting Rising Sun, 36-6.
The Cobras got scores from Fred Gordon (three), Sam Miller (one) and Elijah Minter (one). Gordon added two two-point conversions and Miller had one. Tech trailed, 6-0, before reeling off 36 unanswered points. Gordon and Minter each rushed for more than 100 yards.
Joppa over Elkton
The Joppatowne Mariners earned a road victory in their final contest of the 2013 season on Friday, knocking off host Elkton, 35-27.
The victory pushed Joppatowne to 4-2 in the Susquehanna Division and 5-5 overall.
Joppatowne running back Shawn Johnson ran for 209 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries, while teammate Malik Smith scored two touchdowns and registered 132 yards on 15 carries. Chris Coward had 63 yards on 12 rushing attempts.
The Mariners' longest touchdown of the night came on an 82-yard kick return by Ryan Webb.
Joppatowne kicker Nick Lloyd nailed a 27-yard field goal attempt.
Brandon Waters led the Joppatowne defense with 11 tackles and one quarterback sack. Johnson had four tackles, while Smith had three tackles.