The top teams in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference's Chesapeake Division have faced off three times, each with division and playoff implications. The Eagles got by the Bobcats in the 2014 regular season and won the division title, but the Bobcats returned the favor with a victory in the 3A North semifinals.
That set up a rubber match on Thursday night, when Bel Air hosted Aberdeen with another possible division title on the line. This time, Bel Air controlled Aberdeen with its run game and defense to take the 23-0 victory.
"When Bel Air plays Aberdeen, you know it's going to be a serious game," Bel Air head coach Dave Huryk said. "Aberdeen is a great team. We put together a solid effort. I'm excited about it and I'd be stupid if I wasn't."
Running back Keegan McHugh led the way for the Bobcats on the ground, rushing for 245 yards and two touchdowns. That helped keep the ball away from the Eagles' play-making duo of quarterback Stephon Blackwell and running back Isaiah Everett.
"I think I did pretty well," McHugh said. "I have to give it to my offensive line. Hats off to them. They made all the holes for me tonight... Best game in the UCBAC, easily."
Bel Air kicker Daniel Webber missed a late 22-yard field goal attempt, but a roughing the kicker penalty on Aberdeen allowed him to make the ensuing 20-yard attempt to push the lead to 17-0 at halftime.
The Bobcats followed the same formula in the second half. The Eagles took the opening drive of the half into Bobcats territory, but were halted at the 41-yard line.
McHugh led the way on the next drive, which spanned 15 plays over eight minutes. He ended it with his second touchdown from seven yards out with 10:42 left in the game.
Aberdeen moved deep into Bel Air territory on the next drive, but the defense forced its third turnover on downs to halt any momentum. McHugh and the Bel Air offense ran out the clock to seal the win.
Havre de Grace (2-2, 5-2) rode the arm of quarterback Mike Flosser (9-17, 102 yards) to a 26-12 Chesapeake win over visiting Edgewood (0-3, 4-3) Thursday.
Flosser's first strike was a 13-yard pass to Jordan Lynam at the close of the first quarter.
The Warriors used a squib kick on the ensuing kickoff and Luke Smith recovered inside the Edgewood 35. The drive stalled inside the Rams 20, bringing out Warriors kicker Tyler Hartman to drill a 34-yard field goal.
Edgewood countered with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Myron Williams to Rya Webb, but Havre de Grace scored again with just 6 seconds left in the first half. Flosser's 33-yard pass to a diving Josh Penn (4-59) set up the score at the Rams 11. On first down, Flosser connected with Isaiah Jackson (4-33) on the 11-yard touchdown. Hartman's extra point gave the Warriors a 17-6 lead at the half.
The Warriors extended the lead with their first possession of the second half, marching 66 yards in 11 plays, capped by Penn's 26-yard scoring reception. The pass covered 10 yards with Penn breaking two tackles and racing 16 yards to the end zone on the third and 19 call.
A bad snap on the conversion prevented Hartman from getting off a kick. Hartman did, however, give Havre de Grace its final points with a 30-yard field goal with 1:26 left in the game.
Edgewood's final points came as time expired, when Williams tossed three yards to Danny Anige (2-21).
Ombre Glover and Sean Greeley led the Warriors defense with eight tackles each and Judea Sale had six tackles and a fumble recovery. Daryl Cooper and Jeremiah Leflore led the Edgewood defense with eight tackles apiece.
Tech beats North East
Tech (2-2, 3-4) defeated visiting North East, 36-18, in Susquehanna Division play Thursday. The Cobras were led on defense by D'onte Leigh, Kyle Cicone, Gavin Orman and Josh Hucke, who limited the Indians and their run game.
On offense, the Cobras were led in the air by Jaylen Kelley, who threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground Kyle Cicone, Ullic Young–Briscoe and Chuckie Brown each added touchdowns.
Cougars edge Hawks
Fallston (2-2, 4-3) edged visiting North Harford (1-2, 4-3), 21-20, in Chesapeake play.
Cougars quarterback Andy Stump led the way, completing 17 of 31 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Leading the receivers were Garrett Phillips (5-83, TD) and Zach Goode (6-84, TD). Justin Williams added four receptions for 49 yards.
Jovan Martinez led the Fallston rushing attack, totaling 86 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Kyle McKeever added 56 yards on four carries. Kicker Justin Wolff was good on all three extra point kicks.
Defensively, Tyler Myers led the Cougars with 19 tackles, while Jason Melhorn had 16. Other tacklers were Jordan d`Entremont, 12; Scott Dettloff, 9; McKeever, 8; and Louis Lloyd, 7.
For North Harford, Jeff Mergler carried the ball 40 times for 176 yards and a touchdown. JT Kidd added 13 carries for 86 yards and a score, while Ethan Johnson was 10 for 21 passing for 121 yards and a score.
Kyle Keating hauled in a touchdown pass and finished with four catches for 72 yards. Kicker Zach Miller was two for two on extra-point kicks.
Leading tacklers for the Hawks were Cole Dickerson (five solo, two assist) and Gary Martin (four solo, four assist).
Patriots stay perfect
John Carroll quarterback Kurt Rawlings had a perfect night Friday, keeping the Patriots (8-0) perfect with a 42-14 win over the Warriors in Easton.
Rawlings completed all 14 passes he attempted for 311 yards and five touchdowns. Josh Payne-white had two catches, both for touchdowns, and 12 yards. Niko Rice had four catches for 123 yards and a score, while Ky'el Hemby added four catches for 101 yards and a score. Devin Darrington added one catch for 32 yards and the fifth receiving touchdown.
The Patriots other score came on Darrington's two-yard run. Darrington finished with 51 yards on seven carries. Matt Battaglia added all six extra-point kicks.
Damon Lloyd had 14 tackles to pace the Patriots defense and Avery Jones added 11 tackles. Jones also had an interception and Nate Lebuhn recovered a fumble.
Mustangs upend Century
C. Milton Wright (4-3) came from behind Friday night to beat host Century, 32-31, in non-league action.
Greg Robinson's 12-yard touchdown run pulled the Mustangs to within a point and Robinson also ran for the conversion that lifted the Mustangs to the one-point win.
Elijah Sidik put the Mustangs on the scoreboard with a 50-yard touchdown run. Ryan Dickey, who kicked the extra point, also kicked a 33-yard field goal.
Will Bailey and brother Josh Bailey hooked up for the Mustangs longest scoring play of the game, connecting on a 69-yard pass play. Will Bailey added a 15-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion pass to James Walsh.
Defensively, the Mustangs got interceptions from Shalen Moore and Will Bailey, while Michael Poorbaugh recovered a fumble. Jaeden Stephens added a blocked punt with Dan Murphy making the recovery.
Mariners stumble at Rising Sun
Joppatowne (2-2, 2-5) lost at Rising Sun, 41-14, in Susquehanna play on Thursday.
Rising Sun scored the first 41 points before the Mariners got on the scoreboard. Joey John (14 carries, 50 yards) scored the first Joppatowne touchdown on a 33-yard run. Jeffery Harmon added the Mariners other score, scooping up a fumble and racing 33 yards for a touchdown. Francis Ibe kicked both extra points for the Mariners.
Offensively, Ronald Taylor added 53 yards on three carries and Thomas Michalik completed two passes for 39 yards. Jordan Meads had one catch for 34 yards.
Corie Adams had 10 tackles to lead the defense and Khalil Beasley added seven tackles. Asaad Brown had a blocked kick and Tyriq Pickney had an interception.
Huskies fall on road
Patterson Mill (1-3, 1-6) lost at Bo Manor, 41-35, in Susquehanna Division play Thursday.
Jordan Reid led the Huskies from the quarterback slot, passing 19 for 27 for 170 yards and a touchdown. Reid also ran for 27 yards and two scores on eight carries.
Justin Erkoboni finished with six catches for 59 yards and added one rush for 43 yards and a touchdown. Brendan Bandy also had six catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Devlin Hagan had 11 solo tackles, 15 assists and a fumble recovery with a 40-yard return for a touchdown. Bandy added eight solo tackles, 15 assist and two pass deflections.