Still stinging from a three-point overtime loss to Loyola in Week 3, the North Harford Hawks flipped the script on Friday and handed the visiting Bel Air football team a 21-20 defeat in the tightest of Week 4 Harford County football games.
Elsewhere in the county, Joppatowne bucked its losing streak by defeating Rising Sun, 22-14; Fallston topped Havre de Grace, 36-13; Aberdeen spanked C. Milton Wright, 54-14; and Edgewood defeated North East, 25-7.
Patterson Mill mounted a comeback against Perryville, which has not lost an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference contest since 2010, but the Huskies came up short in a 38-30 loss. Harford Tech suffered a 19-14 defeat to Patapsco.
Hawks by one
Friday's contest at North Harford came down to one point, and luckily for the host Hawks in fell on their side, as they beat visiting Bel Air, 21-20.
Trailing, 20-14, in the fourth quarter, the Hawks found what they needed in the form of a game-tying, 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nic Hammer to Ryan Feiss. North Harford kicker Sean Bowling stepped up with the game in his hands and placed his extra-point attempt through the uprights, giving the Hawks a one-point edge they would hold through the final whistle.
Following a scoreless opening quarter, Bel Air kicked off scoring with a loud statement, as running back Devin Bowers broke loose from the Bobcat 14 and sprinted 86 yards for a touchdown. Sean Vono hit the extra-point kick and Bel Air had a 7-0 lead.
North Harford answered a short time later, with Hammer hitting Feiss with a 25-yard touchdown throw. Bowling's point-after kick went through, tying the game.
On Bel Air's next possession, with the Bobcats backed up into their own territory, North Harford safety Jeff Mergler picked off one of Bel Air quarterback Matt Wallace's pass attempts and returned it 25 yards for the touchdown. Bowling hit his second extra-point of the night to give the hosts a 14-7 cushion.
Before halftime, Wallace hit receiver Miguel Valdes with a nine-yard touchdown pass. Vono nailed the point-after kick to send the teams into the locker room deadlocked at 14.
Bowers scored his second touchdown of the night in the third quarter, this one coming on a 16-yard run, but Bel Air's subsequent two-point conversion attempt was stopped by the Hawks, leaving the score at 20-14.
North Harford moved to 2-1 overall with the win, while Bel Air fell to 3-1.
Joppatowne ends win drought
Winless in three regular-season games before Friday's contest, the Joppatowne Mariners (1-3) finally put a check in the victory column, defeating host Rising Sun, 22-14.
Shawn Jonson led the way for the Mariners' offense, racking up 135 yards and scoring two touchdowns on 30 carries.
Joppatowne quarterback Kenny Baroch was two for four passing, with both completions going to Benny Myrick, who finished with 70 receiving yards.
Daishon Murrell had a team best six tackles and had one quarterback sack. Brandon Waters and Kahri Blackman both had five tackles in the win, while Malik Smith and Immanuel Grant each had four tackles. Jeff Harmon posted one sack for Joppatowne.
Huskies fall short against Perryville
Hoping to knock off visiting Perryville, which has not lost an regular-season football game since 2010, the Patterson Mill Huskies (3-1) came up a bit short on Friday, losing 38-30 to the Panthers.
Perryville led the game, 24-10, at halftime, but the Huskies jumped back to within one point by outscoring the guests 13-0 in the third quarter. Perryville answered with two touchdowns in the final 12 minutes, while the hosts could only score one.
The Harford Tech Cobras (0-3) were topped at home, 19-14, by Patapsco on Friday night.
At halftime, Patapsco led 13-0.
Tech found its first score in the third quarter, when Justin Smith ran for a seven-yard touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, with less then five minutes remaining, the Cobras scored again, this time on a four-yard run from Sam Miller.
With a 14-13 lead, the hosts watched Patapsco answer in the form of a 75-yard touchdown drive, which gave the visitors a winning 19-14 advantage.
The Cobras' final drive lasted just four plays before Harford Tech turned the ball over on downs.
Fallston tops Havre de Grace
The Fallston Cougars (4-0) kept their perfect record intact on Friday night with a 36-13 defeat of visiting Havre de Grace.
The defeat dropped Havre de Grace to 2-2.
Fallston quarterback Brendan Weinhold tossed two touchdown passes in the victory, one to Brad Rose and the other to Niko Rice.
Aberdeen crushes CMW
Aberdeen bumped off the visiting C. Milton Wright Mustangs, 51-14, Friday.
Unbeaten before the week-four matchup, CMW fell to 3-1, while Aberdeen improved to 3-1.
Aberdeen quarterback Lavell McCullers completed 12 of 17 passes for 278 yards and six touchdowns.
Tavaughn Coleman caught three passes, two of which went for touchdowns, and posted 45 total receiving yards. Dramel Boykin had 55 yards and one touchdown on two receptions. Nate McKinney caught three passes for 43 yards and one touchdown, while Mark Meynisse caught two passes, both 60-yard touchdown receptions.
Charles Jennings and Daryn Garner each had one rushing touchdown in the victory.
Leading the Eagles on the ground was Ken Shae McCraney, who put up 165 yards on 14 carries. McCullers had 55 yards on four rushing attempts and Boykin carried three times for 42 yards.
Kion Gibson led Aberdeen in tackles with 10, while Jennings posted nine. Stephon Simmons had seven tackles, and Adric Turner notched five. Nate McKinney and Meynisse both had one interception.
C. Milton Wright quarterback Omar Walker had 208 passing yards and threw for one touchdown. On the ground, Walker rushed for 114 yards and one touchdown.
CMW's Osiah Walker had four catches for 96 yards, while Will Hazelton had a pair of receptions for 63 yards and one touchdown. Tyler Lewis caught two passes for 34 yards in the loss.
Edgewood beats North East
Edgewood won on the road Friday, limiting the North East Indians to one score in a 25-7 victory.
The win put the Rams at 2-2 for the year.
Having a career-best night was Edgewood's Jeremy Middlebrooks, who rushed for 246 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries.
Edgewood quarterback Kaliel Barmer connected on seven of 10 passing attempts for 105 yards and one touchdown. On the ground, Barmer racked up 43 yards on seven carries.
The Rams' Patrick Murphy tossed one 30-yard touchdown pass, which was caught by Barmer.
Edgewood receiver Izaiah Sneed caught two passes for 70 yards and one touchdown.