Back on the field after a week off because of COVID, the Havre de Grace football team showed no ill affects in its Thursday night Homecoming game against visiting North East.
The Warriors (6-1), despite missing both starting running backs, scored in every quarter and in all phases en route to a 42-0 shutout over the Indians (0-7) in Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference play.
Senior Jared Meehan and junior Dominic Hyman scored two touchdowns each to highlight the big win.
“These guys fought through adversity all week last week,” Hyman said. “We come back out here and practice all week, put the work in, that’s it.”
It was Meehan who got the scoring started, picking off a pass and returning the ball 57 yards for a touchdown with 7:50 left in the first quarter.
“I know we were in man-to-man [defense], but I saw the hitch route, the quarterback made eye contact right away,” Meehan said. “I just jumped the route, wide-open to end zone.”
Meehan did bobble the ball, but easily outran the Indians once he regained control. “The pass came at me pretty fast, but I knew it hit off my left hand, so I knew it was going to be on my left side,” he said.
Despite the domination, the Warriors made a few mistakes. A too-many-men in the huddle penalty on fourth-and-8 continued a North East drive, but it was just delaying the inevitable.
When the Warriors’ offense finally got on the field, quarterback Chase Hunt ran 35 yards on the first snap. Two plays later it, Hunt found Hyman for a 20-yard touchdown pass. Warriors kicker Isaiah Robinson, who was 6-for-6, added his second extra point for a 14-0 lead.
The Warriors made another mistake on the Indians’ next possession, fumbling away a punt. Regardless, the defense stepped up and on a fourth-and-4, as Indians quarterback Blaydon Blake was sacked for a 7-yard loss. The Warriors recorded five sacks.
Three plays later, Hunt and Amir Austin connected for an 18-yard pass to the Indians’ 47. Two plays later, Austin took a handoff from Hunt and raced 47 yards for the score.
A minute later, Hunt picked up a North East fumble and ran 56 yards for another defensive score. The lead was 28-0 with 5:09 to play in the half.
The Warriors tried to add more points in the final two minutes of the half, but Robinson’s 27-yard field-goal attempt was blocked.
North East responded with its biggest play, a 77-yard touchdown pass, but the Indians were flagged for illegal procedure.
The half ended with Havre de Grace leading 28-0. After the lengthy Homecoming halftime, the Warriors ignited a running clock with a special teams touchdown.
The Indians tried a short kick, but not a true onside kick. The ball came down into Hyman’s hands and he did the rest. “I just saw it in the air, it was coming right to me, caught it and I just took off,” he said. “I just took the moment.”
Robinson added the extra point to create the 35-point differential and running clock.
Meehan added the final Warriors score on a 29-yard touchdown run. “I knew there were some COVID players and I needed to step in at running back,” Meehan said. “The lane was wide-open, I saw it before the play even started and nobody touched me.”
Meehan finished with 38 yards on three carries. Hunt ran for 40 yards on two carries and Austin had just the one carry for 47 yards.
Hunt was 9-for-12 passing for 112 yards and the one touchdown. Braydyn Malloy had two receptions for 79 yards.
“It just felt amazing. We’ve really had maybe one real practice with all the 30 kids that are out,” Meehan said. “The fact they we came out here and shut them out, I’m sure it made the team feel a lot better.”
Harford Tech 42, Bel Air 18
The Cobras (6-1) kept rolling Thursday with the win over the visiting Bobcats (3-4) in UCBAC play.
The dynamic duo of brothers Kelvin Mendez and Kevin Mendez could not be stopped. Kelvin Mendez ran for 258 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries, while Kevin Mendez added four carries for 57 yards and two touchdowns.
Travis Walls led the defense with eight tackles, three for loss and a sack, while Matayo McGraw and Kevin Mendez added seven tackles each.
Elkton 30, C. Milton Wright 20
The Mustangs (2-5) dropped their third straight game Thursday with the loss to the visiting Elks (5-2) in UCBAC play.
Quarterback Carter Goscinski (16-31, 211 yards) threw three touchdown passes in the loss. Malik Cossey (3 catches, 47 yards), Ryan Childress (2-31) and Mike Takusi (1-10) caught a touchdown each. Rocco Polesovsky had three receptions for 79 yards.
Takusi added 80 yards rushing on 17 carries, while Goscinski had 30 yards on nine attempts.
Friendship Collegiate Academy 12, Edgewood 8
The visiting Knights (2-5) scored with no time left Thursday to shock the Rams (4-3) in a non-league game.
Jon King rushed for 50 yards and the Rams’ lone touchdown on 13 carries. Others adding to the offense were Timi Oyekunle (seven carries for 50 yards and one reception for 15 yards), Lavar Banks (six carries for 44 yards and four receptions for 20 yards) and Isaiah Martin (three carries for 19 yards and three receptions for 21 yards).
Quarterback Larry Briceno-Lopez was 13-for-23 for 117 yards and one interception. Jacob Martin had five receptions for 66 yards.
Oyekunle led the defense with 11 tackles (one for loss), while Antoine Jackson added nine tackles (one TFL). Kavon Brown had eight tackles, including two sacks, and Trent Alexander had seven tackles, including three sacks.
Fallston 70, Joppatowne 42
The Cougars (7-0) remained unbeaten with the high-scoring road win over the host Mariners (3-3) on Friday in UCBAC play.
Quarterback Aiden Dixon continued his strong play, completing 13-of-19 passes for 222 yards and five touchdowns. Dixon also rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
Evan Bradley-Dozier also rushed for more than 100 yards, compiling 111 and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
Dylan Wheeler caught one pass for a 22-yard touchdown and he added an 82-yard kick return touchdown. Wheeler has 31 receptions for 789 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season.
North Harford 19, Aberdeen 6
The host Hawks (4-3) moved back over .500 with the Friday win over the Eagles (2-4) in UCBAC play.
Quarterback Owen Smith was 12-for-18 for 158 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Smith also added a rushing touchdown.
Brian Hauer caught both scoring passes and he finished with 98 yards on four receptions. Hauer and Oakley Miller both rushed for 18 yards on a carry apiece and Kent Holcombe had three catches for 25 yards.
Holcombe led the defense with 12 tackles, two for loss, while Hauer added nine tackles, one tackle for loss.
Garrett Reinecke added six tackles, while Josh Garrett had three tackles and an interception. Wyatt Ralph had a tackle and interception.
Patterson Mill 44, Perryville 26
The Huskies (2-5) won for the first time since week one Friday with the UCBAC win over the visiting Panthers (3-4).
Quarterback Thomas Rohal ran for three scores (25 carries, 207 yards) and passed (11-19, 116) for another.
Theo Druyor added 15 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown and Jonah Vujanic had two catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Ethan Pridgen had six catches for 40 yards.
Avalon 40, John Carroll 9
The Patriots (0-7) remained winless with the non-league road loss to the Black Knights (5-2) on Friday.
Alex Mullin kicked a 40-yard field goal for the Patriots, who also got a 34-yard passing touchdown from DJ Fronek (7-18, 63 yards) to Jensen Perkovich (three catches, 49 yards).
Kevin Montague rushed for 59 yards on nine carries.
Alfred Johnson led the defense with two solo tackles and 10 assists, while Cameron Carrigan (5-2) and Athan Barmer (3-4) had seven total tackles each. Kilo Mack, Jr. added two solo tackles and four assists.