Fallston added a little spice to a budding rivarly Friday night, as they made two big defensive stops in the final five minutes to secure a 19-14 win over North Harford.
Since 2007, the two teams have played seven times, with the Hawks taking four of the contests. Friday's win made the No. 15 Cougars the lone Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference team with three victories against the North Harfrod over that span. Fallston last won the matchup in 2011, when they defeated the Hawks, 35-20. Three seasons before that, the Cougars topped North Harford, 35-7.
In 2012, the Hawks slipped away with a 14-13 victory, having thwarted a last-second 2-point conversion attempt from the Cougars.
Trailing 14-13 on Friday with less than seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, Fallston took posession of the ball on its own 6-yard line following a North Harford punt. The Cougars drove out of their own territory to the opposing 8-yard line, where they faced a first-and-goal play.
Fallston quarterback Brendan Weinhold handed off to running back Andrew Monaghan, who busted through the line, shed one tackler and dove into the end zonefor what would be the winning score.
Fallston went for the 2-point converstion after its final touchdown, but Weinhold's pass to the end zone was tipped by North Harford, leaving the score 19-14 in the hosts' favor.
North Harford took the ball back with 4:50 left on the clock and got off one first down, but then suffered a turnover on downs after a recovered fumble and three incomplete passes.
Fallston killed just more than a minute of time on its next possession before punting back to North Harford, which recovered on its own 36 with 2:05 left.
On the second play of the drive, North Harford's Nic Hammer unleashed a long pass over the middle that was intercepted by Brad Rose, who immedietely kneeled the ball on the Cougars' 48.
Three running plays later, Fallston was facing a fourth-and-inches near midfield. Monaghan powered for 2 yards and the first down.
The Cougars ran out the last minute left on the clock to seal the win.