Sparked by 21 first-quarter points, Harford Tech rolled to its first-ever playoff football victory Friday night, shutting out visiting Elkton, 35-0, in an Class 2A East semifinal.
The Cobras (11-0) will host another playoff game next week as Kent Island upset top seed North Caroline, 33-29.
Meanwhile, in 1A East play in Havre de Grace, the Warriors (10-1) had no trouble with Colonel Richardson in a 56-6 win. The Warriors will also play home next week, hosting Bo Manor, a 35-21 winner over visiting Cambridge-South Dorchester.
Also, Edgewood (8-3) moves on in 3A North after its 20-8 win at Franklin. The Rams will wait to see the next opponent, taking on the C. Milton Wright at Milford Mill winner.
At Tech, after missing a third down pass-play on its opening drive, the Cobras went back to it on the next possession and it worked for a 38-yard touchdown strike from sophomore quarterback Ryan Hunt to Laday Cooper.
“The first series, we were a little nervous coming out, but we settled down on the second drive and we had a great job by the O-line tonight,” Hunt said.
Two minutes later, Jalen Dangerfield (11 carries, 131 yards) reeled off a 40-yard scoring run and just over a minute after that, Charles Brown took an interception back 33 yards to make it 21-0 with 4:45 to play in the opening quarter.
“My defensive line is great. They got back there and they got a deflection and I just came to make a play,” Brown said. “It was perfect.”
Kyle Cicone added a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, capitalizing on an Elkton fumble at its own six-yard line. The score and PAT gave the Cobras a 28-0 lead at the half.
The Cobras closed out the scoring midway through quarter three with Hunt (2-for-7, 57 yards) connecting with Jordan Bright for a 19-yard score. It was Bright's second interception of the night that led to the score, which produced the running clock.
Bright was 5-for-5 on extra-point kicks and he had plenty of distance on a 35-yard field goal, but missed it wide left.
Jeremiah Minter also had an interception for the Cobras.
“This team’s for real, they come to play. They buy into what we’re doing and they want to win,” Tech head coach Tim Palmer said. “The bottom line, it’s a great bunch of kids and it should be recognized they come to play. They play together, they play disciplined, they follow the game plan and it works, it all works well.”
In Havre de Grece’s win, the Warriors reeled off 49 first-half points. Senior Jasai Stansbury scored the first three touchdowns and finished with three to lead the win.
Senior Jordan Day added a pair of touchdown catches.
Banks leads Rams
Junior quarterback Antwain Banks had three touchdown runs to lead the Rams.
Banks ran 18 yards for a score to break up a scoreless tie in the third quarter. Banks added a 20-yard run to paydirt as well in quarter three, but Franklin trimmed the Edgewood lead to 13-6 a short time later.