An explosive Thursday night of Harford County football saw plenty of exciting scores, with top billing going to the Havre de Grace Warriors, who managed a 23-13 win over Perryville in UCBAC Chesapeake (upper) Division play. The Panthers have lost two straight games, after having won 25 straight regular season games starting week one in 2011.
In other Chesapeake action, Patterson Mill upset North Harford, 35-33, in the tightest of Thursday's contests, while Fallston kept its perfect season going with a 35-point rout of C. Milton Wright. Aberdeen also beat Bel Air, 35-26. In Susquehanna (lower) play, Harford Tech picked up its first win of the season by defeating North East, 28-13. Joppatowne came up short in its game against Bo Manor, losing 14-7, and Edgewood slid past Rising Sun, 26-24. John Carroll, meanwhile, lost at St. Mary's on Friday in MIAA B Conference play.
Warriors stun Panthers
In the annual Susquehanna Bowl played this year in Perryville, visiting Havre de Grace forced six turnovers and a safety to upset the Panthers, 23-13. The win brings the Susquehanna Cup Trophy back to Havre de Grace after a two-year absence.
Havre de Grace (1-3 league, 3-4 overall) jumped on top on the first play into the second quarter. Josh Penn took a handoff to the right, stopped and reversed back to the left. Penn made the corner and outran the Perryville tacklers 40 yards into the end zone. Geno Nappi added his first of three extra-point kicks for the 7-0 lead.
A Ryan White fumble recovery for Havre de Grace ended the next Perryville drive, but the Panthers got on the scoreboard the next time they touched the ball. A 43-yard pass play from Elijah Johnson to Tyrell Hollingsworth set up the Panthers at first and goal at the Havre de Grace nine. Two plays later, Tony Smith, a Havre de Grace student and football player last year, raced eight yards for the score. Josh Bargsten, who left the game with a back injury later, added the extra-point.
Tied at the half, 7-7, Havre de Grace running back Shawn Cardwell took over in the second half. Three straight runs by Cardwell moved the ball to Perryville's 49 on the opening possession. A 14-yard pass from Jack Eberhardt to Penn moved it to the Panthers' 35 and Cardwell took it from there. A 32-yard run by Cardwell took Havre de Grace to the three, where he scored from on the next snap.
Perryville (2-2 league, 5-2 overall) answered right back, moving 55 yards in eight plays. Johnson scored on a seven-yard run, but it was Smith's 23-yard run to set up the score. With kicker Bargsten out, Perryville went for the lead and two points. Ethan Griffin was stopped inches shy of the goal line and Havre de Grace led 14-13.
A Nappi interception gave the ball back to Havre de Grace at the close of third quarter. Chop Jones hauled in a 36-yard pass inside the Perryville 10-yard line, but the Warriors were unable to find the end zone. The drive stalled at the six.
Perryville, though, had a bad shotgun snap and the ball rolled into the end zone. Quarterback Johnson scooped it up, but he was pushed out of the end zone for a safety and 16-13 Warriors lead.
Havre de Grace finalized the scoring with Cardwell streaking right through the middle of the Perryville defense en route to a 28-yard touchdown run. Cardwell's night finished with 142 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
Two more turnovers closed out the game. Matt Chin had an interception and Jordan Hawthorne stripped the ball away from Perryville receiver Kaine Delancey after a 17-yard reception.
Hawthorne also had an interception in the first quarter and Jim Stout had a fumble recovery. Judeah Sale led the defense with nine tackles and Jack Smith added eight..
Huskies over Hawks
The Patterson Mill Huskies earned a huge road victory Thursday night, holding off the North Harford Hawks for a 35-33 win.
Leading 7-0 after the first quarter, the Huskies (2-2 league, 5-2 overall) went into the locker room at halftime trailing by three after the host-team Hawks (3-1 league, 4-2 overall) outscored the guests, 17-7, in the second quarter.
The two squads played to a dead heat in the third quarter, with each posting one touchdown.
The fourth quarter saw the Huskies post two touchdowns, while the Hawks had one touchdown and a field goal.
Patterson Mill's Trey Hall came through with two big-yardage touchdowns, scoring once on a 61-yard rush and notching his second from the North Harford 35-yard line. Hall finished the game with 182 yards on 16 rushing attempts, and also racked up 17 tackles on defense.
Patterson Mill quarterback Austin Baltimore tossed one touchdown pass, a 12-yarder to receiver Isaiah Welch, and finished the game with 100 yards on 10 completions.