Roundup: Patience pays off for North Harford football in messy 14-6 win over Aberdeen

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North Harford didn’t have an easy time against Aberdeen Friday night. Still, the Hawks made enough good plays to pull out a tough victory.

Quarterback Nic Hammer ran for one touchdown and threw for another to help North Harford to a 14-6 victory over visiting Aberdeen in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference game Friday night.

Hammer’s touchdown run came in the first quarter, and his scoring throw was on the third quarter’s first drive. North Harford (4-1, 3-0) runs a triple-option offense much like Navy’s, and Hammer directs it well.

His best effort came on North Harford’s 67-yard drive that began the second half. Heavy rain and wind bothered both teams in the first half, and even though the Hawks had a 7-0 lead, coach Ken Brinkman wanted more.

"We just came out in the second half and wanted to run and control the clock," Brinkman said. "We wanted to get one more score."

The rain stopped early in the third quarter, and the Hawks moved right away. They marched 67 yards on eight plays, capped by Hammer’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Scott Angstadt – right after his 20-yard touchdown run was called back on the previous play.

"That really gave us what we wanted," Hammer said. "We just tried to stay patient and figure out how to get it done [on offense]."

That gave the Hawks a 14-0 lead with 7:40 left in the third quarter, but Aberdeen's offense also woke up.

Quarterback Lavell McCullers drove the Eagles back downfield, but North Harford stopped them at the 10-yard line to keep the 14-point lead after three.

Aberdeen (3-3, 1-2) had a couple of good drives, but couldn't make key plays. The Eagles were stopped at the North Harford 10 and just missed on a couple of long pass plays, including one in the end zone in the fourth quarter. The Hawks were consistent on defense the entire game.

The Eagles finally scored on a McCullers' 14-yard touchdown pass to Nate McKinney with 35 seconds left, but it wasn’t enough.

An early Aberdeen turnover also proved crucial. Two North Harford players sandwiched McCullers, forcing a fumble that the Hawks recovered at the Aberdeen 10. Hammer ran for a 2-yard touchdown three plays later to give North Harford a 7-0 lead with 6:09 left in the first quarter.

No. 14 Perry Hall 56, Woodlawn 6: Jeff Iweh had six carries for 140 yards, threw for one touchdown, rushed for another and a two-point conversion to lead the Gators (5-1) past the Warriors (2-4).

Douglass 16, Patterson 12: The host Ducks (6-0) trailed 12-8 with 58 seconds left when Cameron West completed a 58-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Thornton for the win. West added a two-point conversion on a running play. The Clippers fell to 3-3.

Randallstown 14, Patapsco 6: Brandon Abrams rushed 8 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to lead the Rams (5-1) past the Patriots (4-2).

Boys soccer

No. 1 McDonogh 3, No. 12 Mount St.Joseph 1: George Campbell and Andrew Hopkins each had a goal and an assist to help the Eagles (14-0, 10-0 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association AConference) stay perfect.

No. 3 St. Paul's 1, No. 8 Loyola 0: Illiyas Mirza scored the game-winner 25 minutes into the first half for the host Crusaders (10-2, 9-2 MIAA A Conference). The Dons fell to 8-6-1, 5-5-1.

No. 10 Gilman 2, Archbishop Spalding 1: The visiting Greyhounds (6-5-2, 4-5-2 MIAA A Conference) got goals from Peter Brown and Sam Wancowicz. The Cavaliers fell to 3-9-1, 2-8-1.

Girls soccer

No. 9 Bel Air 2, Rising Sun 0: Morgan Rusinko scored a goal, and the visiting Bobcats (10-1-1) benefited from an own goal by the Tigers.

Field hockey

No. 5 McDonogh 2, St. Mary's 1: Saints goalie Madelyn McAteer had 21 saves, but St. Mary's (3-8, 3-8 Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland AConference) fell to the visiting Eagles (9-2, 9-2).

No. 6 Garrison Forest 4, Notre Dame Prep 1: The host Grizzlies (12-2-, 11-1 IAAM A Conference) won their third game this week behind a two-goal effort by Hailey Mules. The Blazers fell to 4-81, 4-7-1.

No. 12 Catonsville 3, No. 8 Mount de Sales 2: Catherine Sweeney had a natural hat trick to lead the host Comets (11-1) over the Sailors (12-2).

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.

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