A year ago, Aberdeen and Perryville were among the best in high school football. The two met in Perryville Friday night and the Panthers prevailed, 30-10.
Fallston, John Carroll and North Harford were also big winners in Friday night football. Bel Air, Havre de Grace and Joppatowne lost.
In Perryville, the Panthers (2-0) used a steady rushing attack throughout the game, but it was a pass that started the scoring. Junior quarterback Cameron Cunningham connected with Ethan Griffin for a 28-yard score. Josh Bargsten's extra-point kick gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead with 4:40 left in the opening quarter.
Aberdeen (1-1), meanwhile, struggled to move the ball and twice fumbled away the snap. The second was more costly as starting quarterback Nick Wynn suffered an arm injury on the play. Wynn left the field at halftime, with a feared break.
Perryville capitalized off the first fumble, recovered by Nate Cardinale near midfield. The Panthers drove inside the Eagles 15, but settled for a 32-yard field goal by Bargsten.
Aberdeen, which also turned the ball over on an interception in the first half, got on the scoreboard in the final minute of play on Eric Whittie's 25-yard field goal.
Perryville pushed the lead to 16-3 late in the third quarter on Cunningham's one-yard sneak on fourth and goal.
The Panthers other quarterback, sophomore Elijah Johnson, set up the next score after he completed a 62-yard pass play. That set the Panthers up first and goal and Joe Peaker took it from there, scoring from nine yards out on the first snap. Peaker was the workhorse for Perryville, carrying the ball 24 times for 159 yards.
Aberdeen also had a workhorse in Kenshea McCraney. McCraney carried the ball 17 times for 173 yards and one score.
McCraney raced 44 yards on a nifty touchdown run for Aberdeen's only touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Whittie added the extra-point to bring the Eagles within 12, 22-10.
Perryville answered with a full dose of Peaker, who closed the scoring with a three-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion run.
Fallston over Edgewood
The Fallston Cougars (2-0) topped the visiting Edgewood Rams (0-2), 20-10, on Friday night.
Leading the Cougars for the second straight week was Marc Badger, who scored all three of Fallston's touchdowns while rushing for more than 200 yards.
"Marc had another really big game for us," Dave Cesky, Fallston's coach, said.
Bel Air falls to Elkton
The Bel Air Bobcats (1-1) were knocked off at home Friday night, losing to the visiting Golden Elks of Elkton, 20-16.
Bel Air's lone score of the first half came when place kicker Nick Harris nailed a 28-yard field goal.
Heading into the halftime break, Elkton was up, 7-3.
After pinning the Elks on their own six with a quick kick from mid field on their first possession of the third quarter, the Bobcats got the ball back two plays later, with Tyler Kraemer jumping on an Elkton fumble near the 15. On their first play from scrimmage, the hosts capitalized on the turnover, as Matt Wallace hit Kyle Hamrick with a 15-yard touchdown pass. Harris nailed the extra point, giving Bel Air a 10-7 advantage.
Elkton took the lead back on its next possession, scoring on a 41-yard pass, then hitting the extra point to go up, 14-10.
Half way through the fourth quarter, Elkton scored its final touchdown on an 18-yard rush, then missed the point after kick, leaving the score at 20-10.
On its final possession of the game, Bel Air gained 47 yards on a crafty play, with Wallace pitching to running back Miquel Valdez, who stopped at the line of scrimmage and hurled a forward pass back to the unguarded Wallace on the other side of the field. Wallace then sprinted to the Elkton one. On the next play, Bel Air running back Juwan Singletary muscled across the line for a touchdown. Harris' extra point kick went wide, which left the score at 20-16.
Elkton got the ball back with just under four minutes left, and held it through the final whistle.
Playing at home on Friday night, the Joppatowne Mariners (1-1) didn't manage a score and lost, 28-0, to visiting North East.
In other Friday night action, North Harford evened its record at 1-1 by thrashing host Rising Sun, 49-7.
Havre de Grace, meanwhile, slipped to 0-2 after a 28-12 loss to visiting Bo Manor.
John Carroll (2-0) was also a winner, beating visiting Dulaney, 55-16.