Week Eight of UCBAC Friday Night Football did not disappoint as unbeaten Fallston handed Perryville its third straight loss, beating the Panthers 38-6, and the Aberdeen Eagles thumped Havre de Grace, 43-13, in a Route 40 showdown.
Bel Air won its cross-town matchup with Patterson Mill, 28-7. North Harford bashed C. Milton Wright, 53-26. Joppatowne came through with a 20-14 victory over North East; and Edgewood topped Harford Tech, 46-20, to round out play for the evening.
Fallston drops Perryville
The Perryville Panthers, owners of a 25-game, two-year-long UCBAC winning streak as of three weeks ago, continued to be shown how tough things can be in the conference's Chesapeake (upper) Division. Those doing the proving this week were the Fallston Cougars, who wore down the host Panthers en route to a 38-6 victory.
The victory moved Fallston's perfect record to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in Chesapeake Division contests. Perryville, which narrowly avoided a loss to Bel Air four weeks ago with a fourth-quarter comeback victory, slipped to 2-3 in league play and 5-3 overall.
Fallston's defense was relentless, holding the Panthers scoreless after a first quarter touchdown and squeezing the hosts for four turnovers.
Perryville struck first on offense with a three-yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown by Cameron Cunningham, who one play earlier hit Tyrell Hollingsworth with a 63-yard pass. The point after was missed.
On their second possession of the game, the Cougars went ahead for good. After Fallston marched inside the Perryville 10, running back Ross Mitchell took a handoff, found breathing room and rumbled across the Panthers' goal line for a six-yard touchdown. Luke Reuter came on to take the extra-point kick and sent his attempt through the uprights, giving Fallston a one-point edge.
After exchanging possessions with the Panthers, Fallston drove to Perryville's 35. From there, quarterback Brendan Weinhold threw a touchdown pass to Vance Adesanya. Reuter nailed his kick and the Cougars were up, 14-6.
Perryville nearly scored in the waning seconds of the first half on a long pass from Cunningham to running back Eathen Griffin, but the Fallston defense stopped the Panthers just short of the goal line to preserve the eight-point advantage at the half.
The next score would not come until six minutes into the third quarter when Fallston, after driving to the Perryville 10, was faced with fourth down. Rather than try for a first down, Reuter kicked a 27-yard field goal, putting the guests up, 17-6.
On their next possession, which stretched into the fourth quarter, the Cougars chipped away at the Panther defense, moving the ball to the Perryville one yard. From there, Billy Mojica ran it up the middle and Reuter's kick pushed Fallston's lead to 24-6.
After getting the ball back right away via Perryville's fourth and final turnover of the contest, the Cougars scored again, this time with Weinhold hitting Niko Rice for a 10-yard touchdown pass. Reuter's kick stretched Fallston's lead to 31-6.
The Panthers' next possession seemingly ended with a successful fake punt that went for a touchdown, but the score nullified by a flag for illegal formation.
Fallston, after fielding Perryville's punt, needed just 35 seconds to score its next touchdown - on Weinhold's 25-yard scoring pass to Brad Rose. Reuter hit the extra-point, making him a perfect 6-for-6 on kicks in the game.
Aberdeen (3-2 league, 5-3 overall) spoiled Havre de Grace's homecoming with a 43-13 Chesapeake Division win.
Former Havre de Grace student and quarterback Lavell McCullers led Aberdeen to the lopsided victory, tossing three touchdown passes and running for another.
McCullers (14-for-17 for 245 yards) threw 40 yards to Mark Meynisse (three catches for 65 yards) to get the scoring started midway through the first quarter and then near the end of the quarter, connected with Tavaughn Coleman (two catches for 43 yards) on a 41-yard strike. That same combination hooked up again, less than two minutes into the second quarter from two-yards out to extend the Eagles lead to 22-0.
Ken Shea McCraney (five carries for 65 yards) added a four-yard touchdown run to close the first half scoring. Eric Whittie was perfect on all five extra-point attempts, three in the first half.
McCullers ran 20 yards for a score to open the third quarter, and Charles Jennings scored the Eagles final points with a four-yard run at the 5:48 mark of the fourth quarter.
Havre de Grace (1-4 league, 3-5 overall) scored its first points late in the third quarter. Jordan Hawthorne (15 carries, 83 yards) raced 11 yards for the score, set up by his 36-yard run the play before. The extra-point was blocked.
The Warriors also scored on their next possession when Geno Nappi stepped in at quarterback and tossed a 72-yard touchdown pass to Josh Penn (three catches for 100 yards). Nappi added the extra-point to end the scoring. Nappi finished 2-for-9 for 87 yards. Starting quarterback Jack Eberhardt was 5-for-9 for 67 yards and one interception. Penn also threw an interception for Havre de Grace.
Defensively, Kion Gibson led Aberdeen with 10 tackles, while Meynisse added eight tackles and an interception, his fourth of the year. Karl Lyons also had an interception and added nine tackles. Quincy Johnson added seven tackles.
Jack Smith led Havre de Grace with 10 tackles and Judeah Sale had eight. Luke Enerson and Jim Stout each had six tackles. Philip McCown added a fumble recovery and Matt Chin had a sack.
The North Harford Hawks did not seem to mind playing away from their home stadium on Friday, as they stormed to a 53-26 victory over host C. Milton Wright.
The win pushed North Harford to 5-2 overall, and 4-1 in Chesapeake Division play. The Mustangs fell to 4-4 overall, and 1-4 against upper-division foes with the loss.
The North Harford win sets up a Week 9 showdown at Fallston for the Chesapeake lead.
North Harford quarterback Nic Hammer completed five of 10 passes for 54 yards and one touchdown, but was even better on the ground, as he ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries.
The Hawks' Ryan Feiss scored one touchdown and had 44 yards on four carries, while fellow North Harford back Chandler Schmidt had 61 yards on 12 carries. Scott Angstadt racked up 60 yards on eight carries, and Austin Asbury had 30 yards on eight rushing attempts.
Feiss led the Hawks' receivers, catching four passes for 44 yards. Angstadt and Richie Green caught touchdowns passes of 10 and 20 yards, respectively.
Zach Stike returned a CMW fumble eight yards for a defensive touchdown.
North Harford place kicker Sean Bowling was perfect for the evening, hitting all six of his extra-point attempts, and nailing one field goal.
CMW quarterback Omar Walker completed 11 of 14 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns, while posting 103 yards on the ground and scoring one rushing touchdown.
The Mustangs' Osiah Walker had 83 receiving yards, 45 rushing yards, and returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown.
Will Hazelton led the Mustangs' receiving corps, catching five passes for 125 yards.
Mariners beat Elks
Joppatowne (3-1 league, 4-4 overall) traveled to North East and left with a 20-14 Susquehanna win.
Malik Smith ran for 130 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, and Shawn Johnson added 80 yards and a score on 22 carries.
Quarterback Kenny Baroch completed just one of three passes, but the completion went for 20 yards and a touchdown to Raequan Demby.
Mariners kicker Nick Lloyd was 2–for-3 on extra-points.
Defensively, Devante Craig and Daishon Murrell had five tackles each, while Malik Pender had three tackles, including sack. Jeff Harmon had four tackles, with one sack and Will Veney had a blocked punt.
Bel Air over Patterson Mill
The Bel Air Bobcats (2-3 league, 5-3 overall) earned their second Chesapeake Division win of the season on Friday night, holding the visiting Patterson Mill Huskies (2-3 league, 5-3 overall) to one touchdown in a 28-7 victory over. .
Patterson Mill's Austin Baltimore hit Isaiah Welch for the Huskies' only touchdown of the evening.
Welch, Alex Hollingshead and Harrison Pfieffer all had eight tackles in the loss. Trey Hall led Patterson Mill in tackles with 23, while teammate Will Urban had six tackles and one interception.
Rams beat Cobras
Edgewood's Jeremy Middlebrooks had a career-best night in leading the Rams (4-0 league, 5-3 overall) to their 46-20 Susquehanna win over visiting Harford Tech (1-3 league, 1-6 overall).
Middlebrooks gashed the Cobras defense for 284 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries. Izaiah Sneed had the Rams other offensive score, hauling in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Kaliel Barmer (6-for-9 for 65 yards).
James Johnson added a conversion catch for two points and finished with two catches for 20 yards.
The Rams also had two defensive scores as Sean Kluchinsky and Yusuf Aderomilin each recovered fumbles for touchdowns.
Elijah Minter had a huge night for Tech as well, rushing for 285 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries. Tech rushed for over 400 yards on 80 plays from scrimmage. Sam Miller added 80 yards, a touchdown and conversion run on nine carries and Fred Gordon had 65 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
Johnson and Langston Guinn led the Edgewood defense with 14 tackles each and Aderomilin added 10 tackles.
Patriots beat Boys' Latin
John Carroll (1-3 league, 4-5 overall) won its first MIAA B Conference game Friday, beating host Boys' Latin, 14-0.
The Patriots scored all 14 points in the opening quarter, scoring once on the ground and once through the air. Jerome Brown handled the running score and finished the night with 55 yards on four carries.
Mark Michael (two catches for 78 yards) caught the touchdown pass from quarterback Christian Scott, who completed 3-of-8 passes for 93 yards. He was also intercepted twice.
Paul Lorick led the ground attack, rushing for 90 yards on 17 carries, while Allen Bryant added 70 yards on 12 carries. Kicker Steven Cutchin made both extra-points, but did miss a 46-yard field goal.