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.
Devin Fisher scored one touchdown in the victory and posted 66 rushing yards on eight carries.
Patterson Mill's Harrison Pfieffer had a 49-yard fumble return for a touchdown and notched seven tackles.
Damon Lloyd led the Huskies in tackles with 20, while teammate Quinn Johnson had 15.
Will Urban and Isaiah Hollis had 12 and 11 tackles, respectively, for the Huskies.
Fallston tops CMW
Thanks to the help of a career-best, six-touchdown performance from Fallston's Andrew Monaghan on Thursday, the host-team Cougars (4-0 league, 7-0 overall) kept their unbeaten streak running with a 55-20 rout of the C. Milton Wright Mustangs (1-3 league, 4-3 overall)
Monaghan racked up five of his touchdowns on the ground. Three of his scoring runs came from the Mustangs' four yard line, while another came from the opposing goal line. The longest of the Cougars running back's rushing touchdowns came on an eight-yard sprint.
Monaghan's final touchdown of the night came in the air, when he pulled down a 25-yard scoring pass from Fallston quarterback Brendan Weinhold.
Erik Dettloff accounted for the Cougars' two other touchdowns. His first came on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Weinhold. Fallston's defense scored the second, when Dettloff picked off a C. Milton Wright pass attempt and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown.
Eagles beat Bobcats
Aberdeen (2-2 league, 4-3 overall) outlasted host Bel Air (1-3 league, 4-3 overall), 35-26.
Ken Shea McCraney ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries and quarterback Lavell McCullers added 179 yards and two more scores on seven touches to pace the Eagles offensively. McCullers also completed seven-of-12 passes for 125 yards. McCullers threw a touchdown and an interception. Tavaughn Coleman caught the touchdown and finished with two catches for 40 yards.
Mark Meynisse led the Eagles defense with a pair of interceptions a team-high 11 tackles. McCraney added eight tackles and Kion Gibson had seven.
Devin Bowers led Bel Air with 112 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and Miguel Valdes added 110 yards and a score on 10 carries. Mitchell Muller scored the other Bel Air touchdown and had 30 yards on five carries.
Bobcats quarterback Matt Wallace ran for 43 yards and passed for 30 more. Mike Marshall and Caleb Rollins led the Bel Air defense with 10 tackles each.
Tech tops North East
The Harford Tech Cobras claimed their first victory of the 2013 season on Thursday night, beating the visiting North East Indians, 28-13.
The victory pushed Harford Tech to 1-5 overall and 1-2 in Susquehanna play.
Rams edge Tigers
Edgewood's 26-24 win was highlighted by the first drive of the game score when Kaliel Barmer (7-of-8, 170 yards) connected with Izaiah Sneed on a 40-yard touchdown pass. Jeremy Middlebrooks (23 carries for 177 yards) tallied two scores and Sneed added one more big play, scoring on an 85-yard kickoff return to start the second half.
Defensively, the Rams were led by David Moore, who had eight solo tackles and one assist. Darian Summerville added an interception and five tackles and David Coates added a sack.
The Rams (3-0 league, 4-3 overall) also had two touchdowns called back.
The Joppatowne Mariners (2-1 league, 3-4 overall) lost to the visiting Bo Manor Eagles, 14-7, in their Thursday football showdown.
Joppatowne's Shawn Johnson led the Mariners on the ground, posting 130 rushing yards on 18 carries.
Malik Smith carried the ball 14 times for 85 yards, and scored the Mariners' lone touchdown of the evening.
Will Downs led Joppatowne in tackles with 16, while Kahri Blackman had seven tackles. Daishon Murrell had six tackles, Johnson posted five and Brandon Waters had four tackles in the loss.
Patriots fall on road
In John Carroll's loss, the Patriots were losing 17-14 after three quarters before getting outscored 20-7 in the final quarter, en route to the 37-21 loss.
Quarterback Christian Scott ran for two touchdowns, gaining 80 yards on 17 carries. Paul Lorick added 158 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. Jerome Brown added 55 yards on 10 carrries.
Gus Lane's 14 tackles led the defense and Nolan Clawson added 11 tackles. Luke Rinehart added nine tackles and Chris Truitt had eight. Kicker Steven Crutchfield added three extra-point kicks, but missed a 41-yard field goal attempt.