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Edgewood football strong in playoff win over Aberdeen | Harford County high school sports roundup

Friday was a busy day and night for multiple Harford County teams as playoff action heated up in football, boys soccer, girls soccer and field hockey.

Football saw the most action as Edgewood, Fallston and Joppatowne all picked up wins.

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In Edgewood, the Rams (7-3) jumped ahead early to beat Aberdeen (3-6), 30-14, in a Class 3A North game.

Senior Lavar Banks carried the ball just five times, but he piled up 103 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Rams.

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Teammate Jonathan King gave the Rams the lead, scoring on a three-yard run with 7:56 left in the first quarter. Multiple penalties forced the two-point conversion from the 23-yard line, which failed with an incompletion.

Banks then went to work, but not before overcoming an upset stomach on the Rams bench. “It might have been what I ate earlier, I ate some hot dogs and beans, then I came to school and ate Chick-fil-A, I threw up,” Banks said. “Once I got that out of my system, I was great.”

That he was.

Banks raced 46 yards on fourth and three for a touchdown and Larry Briceno-Lopez added the two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead last in the first quarter.

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The next Edgewood possession wasn’t quite the repeat, but it ended with the same result. Banks came off the bench to run 29 yards for another score. Briceno-Lopez (13-for-15, 93 yards) passed to Kameron Rankin for two-points and the Rams lead was 22-0 with 8:27 left in the half.

“Had to get back on the field and I scored, came off, got back on the field and scored again,” Banks said.

The Rams actually scored again on a fake punt, but one of those numerous penalties brought the play back.

Aberdeen, which struggled a bit offensively, put a drive together late in the half, but it ended when Makai Credell’s pass was intercepted with under a minute remaining.

The Eagles had a little better luck to begin the second half. Tristian Smith (11 carries, 91 yards) reeled off a 67-yard touchdown jaunt just 1:28 into the half to get the Eagles on the scoreboard.

Feeling the surge in momentum, Aberdeen drove the ball on its next possession, too, but the Rams defense stiffened and the ball was turned over on downs at the Edgewood 20.

The next Aberdeen possession ended on one snap with Credell throwing another interception.

Edgewood capitalized and in a big way. Timi Oyekunle (10 carries, 104 yards) ran 72 yards to the end zone and with a successful two-point conversion, Edgewood led, 30-6, with 11:46 to play.

“I told these kids, somehow God seems to work things out for the good,” Rams head coach Keith Rawlings said. The Rams lost two home games (as in weren’t played) and having two home playoff games wasn’t a given. “I said, if you guys play hard, we might wind up having two playoff games and we did. It really worked out that way, so I’m happy for the kids.”

Aberdeen closed the scoring with a late touchdown. Smith ran for his second score and Credell passed to Raj Hillhouse for the conversion.

“We started off a little slow. They put up 22 on us and we went in at halftime,” Aberdeen head coach Kelvin Harris said. “My kids came and were like hey, we belong on this field and they started to play better.”

Antoine Jackson had 16 tackles for Edgewood. Akwan Mull and Jahmir Torres had interceptions.

Edgewood will host Westminster at 7 p.m. Friday night in 3A North second round region play.

Fallston 45, North East 16

The Cougars (9-1) were easy winners over the visiting Indians (1-9) in 1A-2A East action.

Fallston jumped out to a 21-0 lead on North East in the first quarter, eventually pushing the advantage to 38-0 by halftime.

The Indians scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter after Fallston had sat down many starters.

Quarterback Aiden Dixon had 222 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, while also passing for 136 yards and two more touchdowns on a 9-for-13 showing.

Wide receiver Dylan Wheeler had five catches for 88 yards and a touchdown and running back Evan Bradley-Dozier had seven carries for 48 yards and two touchdowns.

The Cougars will host Elkton (6-3) Friday at 7 p.m. in the second round of region play. Elkton beat Rising Sun, 58-40.

Joppatowne 42, Patterson Mill 14

The Mariners (4-4) opened 1A North play with the win over the visiting Huskies (2-7).

Steven Robinson carried the Mariners on both sides of the ball, rushing for 197 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, while posting 15 total tackles on defense.

Zach Horton added a 90-yard touchdown run and 12 total tackles, while Sean Williams caught an 11-yard scoring pass from Robert Martin.

“We dealt with a lot of adversity this week, but came together at the right time to play one of our most complete games of the year,” Mariners coach Albert Goode said.

North Caroline 48, North Harford 6

The Hawks (5-5) were defeated by the visiting Bulldogs (6-4) in 2A East play.

Quarterback Owen Smith was 7-for-14 for 119 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Brian Hauer had three receptions for 92 yards and the touchdown.

Tristian DeVoe had 21 yards on six carries and Hauer added five carries for 20 yards. Oakley Miller had two receptions for 23 yards.

Josh Garrett led the defense with 12 tackles, while Hauer added 11 tackles. Solomon Brundridge had nine tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss. Also, Garrett Reinecke (eight tackles, one for loss), Shane Riley (five tackles) and Kent Holcombe (five tackles, one for loss) contributed to the defense.

Kent Island 51, C. Milton Wright 8

The Mustangs (3-7) were no match for the host Buccaneers (9-0) in 2A East action.

Quarterback Carter Goscinski was 10-for-19 for 67 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Adam Chahid had four catches for 75 yards and the touchdown.

Mike Takusi added 29 yards on seven carries.

Westminster 44, Bel Air 7

The Bobcats (4-6) saw their season end with the 3A North first round loss to the Owls (7-3).

FIELD HOCKEY

Fallston, North Harford and Bel Air all played state quarterfinal games and all three lost.

Liberty 2, Fallston 1 2OT

The Cougars were edged by the host Lions in a 1A game.

Savanna Henderson scored the Cougars goals with assist from Morgan Anthony.

Lucy Davidson and Riley Matthiessen scored for the Lions.

Fallston goalie Payden Knoll had 13 saves and Liberty goalie Emma Meisser had six saves.

“The Cougars had an amazing season and left it all on the field. We just missed the mark this time but I am proud of how hard they fought for each other,” Cougars coach Jackie Cummings said.

Manchester Valley 1, North Harford 0

The Hawks were blanked by the host Mavericks in 2A play.

Ellie Kuciara and Sarah Reifsnyder each made three saves in the Hawks goal.

“I’m very proud of how this team played, progressed and supported each other throughout the season. Each player improved and contributed to our success in the post season,” Hawks coach Carla Harward said. “We just unfortunately came up short today.”

River Hill 5, Bel Air 0

The Bobcats were beaten by the top seed Hawks in a 3A game.

Maddie Vasilios scored the first three goals and Claire Slade, the last two, all on corners, for the Hawks.

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Bobcats goalie Mackenzie Leeson had 16 saves.

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“We’re sad our season came to an end, but we had three months of playing a game we love against fantastic competition,” Bobcats coach Megan Lukasavage said. “We’re looking forward to celebrating our seniors at our banquet.”

Lukasavage credited Paige Feick with having an outstanding game.

BOYS SOCCER

In state quarterfinal action, Fallston and Harford Tech and were both winners.

Fallston 4, Pocomoke 1

The Cougars knocked off the visiting Warriors in 1A play.

Fallston will meet Ben Franklin on Friday at 5 p.m. in a 1A state semifinal at Northeast-AA High School in Pasadena.

Harford Tech 2, La Plata 0

The Cobras went on the road to shut out the Warriors in 2A play.

Tech goals were scored by Aiden Hall and Aydin Blevins.

The Cobras will play Century at noon on Saturdav in a 2A state semifinal. The site is Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring.

GIRLS SOCCER

In state quarterfinal action, C. Milton Wright was a winner, while North Harford was dealt a loss.

Huntingtown 1, C. Milton Wright 0

The Mustangs were knocked off by the top seed and host Hurricanes in 3A play.

Huntingtown’s Megan Hinton scored the lone goal with 16 minutes left in the second half, assisted by Samantha Yuen.

Huntingtown goalie Emma Cox had nine saves, while Mustangs goalie Kaitlyn Williford had four saves.

Hereford 3, North Harford 2 OT

The Hawks came up a goal shy on the road against the Bulls in 2A play.

“We had a game plan coming into the game against Hereford and, for the most part, we executed it well. We knew if we gave them any space that they would capitalize and that is certainly what they did. They are a talented athletic team and we wish them luck,” Hawks coach Ora Cummings said.

The Hawks came out strong and scored first off a header from junior Jenna Amrhein. The Hawks led 1-0 at halftime.

In the second half, however, Hereford dominated possession and took more shots. Hereford scored twice to go up 2-1.

North Harford answered with a corner kick goal. Junior Riley Stoneback got a shot and scored on a ball that skidded through the middle of the box to tie the game 2-2.

The Hawks had an opportunity to slip ahead off a quick restart by senior Ava Lewis, but her shot sailed just wide.

Regulation time ended with the score knotted 2-2.

In the first overtime period, Hereford put in the game-winner.

Hawks goalie Evie Heinlein made seven saves.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the effort and fight our team showed throughout the season. We started off a little slow but discovered ourselves midway through the season and peaked at the right time,” Cummings said. “Winning the 2A Regional Championship for the first time in 21 years is a wonderful accomplishment that these players earned. I told them many times that they are capable and confident and that is what will drive them to win.”

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