Aberdeen, Bel Air, C. Milton Wright and Havre de Grace were winners Friday night in the first week of the 2014 Harford County high school football season.
Aberdeen got stung for a long pass and catch touchdown less than two minutes in, but rebounded for an opening win, 28-20, over long-time rival and host Edgewood.
On the game's third play, Rams quarterback Darian Summerville hit Ryan Webb for a 93-yard strike.
Aberdeen countered with its own air show six minutes later. Quarterback Reggie Washington tossed 55 yards to Mark Meynisse, who dragged two tacklers across the goal line to complete the score. Owen Smith added his first of four PATs and the Eagles never trailed again.
Washington passed 10 yards to Ben Richardson to extend the lead midway through the second quarter and the lead grew to 21-6 minutes later, when Aberdeen return man Karl Lyons took a punt back 52 yards for a score. Aberdeen carried the 21-6 lead into the half.
Edgewood scored on its first possession of the second half. Myron Williams raced six yards for the score and then passed for the two-point conversion.
Richardson scored his second touchdown of the game on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Edgewood countered with a Jeremy Middebrooks (22 carries, 122 yards) 13-yard run in the final minutes.
Edgewood's last minute attempt to score again ended with Meynisse picking off a tipped pass. It was his second interception of the game.
Washington finished 13-of-26 with two touchdowns. Meynisse had five receptions for 87 yards.
Webb had two catches for 97 yards to lead Edgewood.
Bel Air wins easily
Bel Air was an easy winner, thumping visiting North East, 35-3.
CMW rolls, too
Friday was a big night for C. Milton Wright, too, as the Mustangs opened their season by rolling over visiting Elkton, 62-26.
"It's the first week," Marc Alegi, C. Milton Wright's coach, said, "and you never know what to expect."
He might not have known what to expect, but what he got, at least for one night, was a prolific offense.
Quarterback Omar Walker passed for five touchdowns with 321 yards and rushed for another 110 yards with one touchdown.
Wide receiver/linebacker Osiah Walker, Omar's twin brother, had 72 yards receiving and one TD. He also had 12 tackles and two interceptions, including for a 65-yard TD. He also had a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown and a two-point conversion.
Wide receiver/running back Will Hazelton had 50 yards rushing and a touchdown and another 91 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Tight end Tyler Lewis had 108 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Linebacker Andrew Frailer had 15 tackles.
HdG tops Bo Manor
Havre de Grace opened with a big win, beating visiting Bo Manor, 45-19. The Warriors led at the half, 26-7.
Shawn Cardwell rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Quarterback Jack Eberhardt completed 11 of 17 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw an interception.
Jordan Hawthorne had six receptions for 67 yards and a score and Jordan Lynam also caught a touchdown.
The defense also contributed with Chris Harris taking an interception back 60 yards to pay dirt. Jack Smith (13 tackles) and Ray Green (nine tackles) led the defense.
North Harford short
North Harford turned a 21-7 halftime deficit into a thrilling game at Perry Hall Friday night.
"We played really well in the second half," Gene Liebel, North Harford's coach, said.
Unfortunately, the Hawks came up a yard and a point short. North Harford scored a touchdown with 20 seconds left in the game, bringing the Hawks back to within one and setting up the critical conversion call.
"We went for two," Leibel said, "and came up a yard short."
The final was Perry Hall 21, North Harford 20.
Braden Stinar completed 14 of his 31 passes for 241 yards. Evan Siegel caught six of those passes for 177 yards. Kyle Keating had three catches for 33 yards. Ethan Edwards also had three catches, gaining 21 yards. Neal Johnson and Chandler Schmidt, who had a two-point conversion, each had a catch.
Scott Angstadt carried the ball 28 times, gained 145 yards and scored a touchdown. Austin Asbury had four carries for eight yards and scored two touchdowns. Schmidt had three carries for 13 yards. Johnson had a carry for seven yards and Schmidt had a carry for three yards.
Angelo Koulatsos led the defense with seven unassisted tackles, six assists, a sack and a fumble recovery. Keating had five solo tackles and three assists. Phil Pawlukovich had two tackles and seven assists. Justin Reinecke had two solos and five assists. Clayton Hood had two solos and three assists. Siegel had two solos and two assists. Jack Schrof had a solo and five assists. Dalton Kane had a solo and an assist. Asbury had four assists, Brandon Smith had three, Matt Pizza had two and Brian Albrecht, Jeff Mergler and Schmidt each had one.
Patterson Mill falls
The Patterson Mill Huskies had a rough opener, losing at Eastern Tech, 35-13.
The Huskies trailed, 21-0, at the half.
Ethan Mills led Patterson Mill's defense with 13 tackles. Todd Campo had two fumble recoveries.
On offense, Trey Hall had eight carries for 45 yards and Vanye Eley had four for 13 with a touchdown. Jordan Reid was eight of 22 passing for 81 yards and a 50-yard touchdown to Justin Erkoboni; he also threw three interceptions.
Harford Tech beaten late
Harford Tech lost at Tower Hill, 17-15, on a late field goal.
The Cobras fell behind early, 7-0, but responded on a pair of Elijah Minter touchdown runs.
Minter ran 64 yards to get Tech on the scoreboard in quarter number two, knotting the game at 7.
Tower Hill went back ahead in the third, but Minter's 24-yard scoring run and two-point conversion run gave Tech a 15-14 lead with just over 2 minutes remaining.
Tower Hill took advantage of a good kick return and kicked a game-winning, 18-yard field goal with 8 seconds to play.