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Week one on the Harford gridiron riddled with delays, postponements and a couple wins

Week one on the Harford gridiron riddled with delays, postponements and a couple wins
Aberdeen's Chris Nieves is tackled in Saturday's game against Thomas Johnson. (Nicole Munchel/For The Aegis)

Friday night’s season opening high school football schedule was a big hit for some Harford County teams and a washout for a few others.

Havre de Grace and C. Milton Wright were both winners on the road, while Aberdeen, Joppatowne, Edgewood, Patterson Mill and Fallston all saw games postponed and rescheduled for Saturday.

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The Bel Air at Overlea game was postponed Friday and was scheduled to be played Tuesday. The Patterson Mill at Fallston game does not have a rescheduled date.

Eagles win

Playing a day later didn’t seem to bother Aberdeen that much as the Eagles shut out visiting Thomas Johnson, 16-0, Saturday afternoon.

“First time out I think we played really well, we played as a team and that was the biggest thing,” Eagles first year head coach Chris Matlack said. “I think the players, they fed off each other, they played well, they played hard. I just think collectively it was a team effort.”

The Eagles and Patriots battled each other even for a quarter and half, but Aberdeen changed that with the day’s first points.

The relentless Aberdeen defense put the Patriots in a fourth and 27 hole. A short punt gave Aberdeen good field position at the Thomas Johnson 42.

Quarterback Jahiem Jones raced 18 yards to the 24 on first down, but threw an incomplete pass on the next snap. Jones then added a five-yard run to the 19 and with an unsportsmanlike penalty against the Patriots, the ball was moved to the Thomas Johnson nine-yard line.

From there, it took Malachi Stewart-Lesesne two carries to open the scoring. Stewart-Lesesne pounded his way in from five yards out with 6:23 left in the half. The PAT was blocked.

The Eagles were looking for more points a short time later, but Jones’ pass into the end zone was picked off by Kamani Quander.

The Patriots should have taken over at their own 20, but another unsportsmanlike penalty put the ball at the Patriots’ five and set up the Eagles next points.

The Patriots lost nearly five yards on the first two downs. Following an incompletion on third down, the Patriots punter was tackled out of the end zone for a safety.

The Eagles took the 8-0 lead into the half and with more stern defense, limited Thomas Johnson possessions to minimal yardage.

The Patriots fifth possession resulted in the game’s final points. On first down from the Aberdeen 33, Patriots quarterback Matthew Fowkes tried to toss a short pass to his right.

Aberdeen senior linebacker Anthony Johnson was not the intended receiver, but he was made the catch and off he went. Johnson raced 70 yards, untouched, into the end zone for the score with 5:14 left to play.

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“That was a great play, we had our normal defense set up, I dropped back in my zone and I covered my zone,” Johnson said. “I didn’t see anybody in front of me and then the ball came my way. I saw nobody in front of me, so I just ran.”

Coach Matlack acknowledged the big play. “Wow, that was a big one,” he said of the play. “The thing you stress is do your job. We had them in the right defense and he did his job.”

Freshman Tommy Fisher ran for the two-point conversion.

Senior Maurice Alviarez added an interception on the next possession and the Eagles were able to run out the clock from there.

Stewart-Lesesne finished with 67 yards on 14 carries, while Nygel Diggs added 54 yards on 12 carries. Jones ran for 46 yards on 10 carries and completed 3-of-10 passes for 18 yards.

Warriors roll

Last time Havre de Grace ventured to Baltimore City for a game, it was disappointing and a lopsided state semifinal loss at Dunbar.

Today, Havre de Grace made the trip back to the area to battle Lake Clifton. The results were just the opposite with the Warriors rolling over the Lakers, 39-14.

Warriors senior quarterback Alex Gresock threw two touchdown passes with Jordan White and Jahmaad Stansbury catching one each.

Brandon Rabbitt added a pair of rushing scores, while Tommy Meehan and Tony Bowman ran for one touchdown apiece.

Defensively, White and Antonio Thomas each had an interception.

“Proud of our guys for going into a tough playing environment and coming out with a good win,” Warriors head coach Brian Eberhardt said.

Moreno leads Mustangs

CMW Junior Kristopher Moreno ran for more than 300 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Mustangs 27-13 win at Rising Sun.

The game was delayed a half hour in its start and had another delay in the third quarter.

Moreno had touchdown runs of 25, 60, 40 and 78 yards to give the Mustangs a 27-0 lead. Moreno finished with 323 yards rushing on 18 carries.

Quarterback Ben Martin was 4-for-8 for 74 yards.

Noah Boyd answered for Rising Suns with two scoring runs of his own, but CMW held on for the win.

Bulls beat Hawks

North Harford was able to play as well in Pylesville on Friday, but Hereford was too, strong, sending the Hawks to a 41-7 defeat.

Paul Keeney scored the Hawks lone touchdown on a 90-yard interception return.

Quarterback Jacob Preston was 10-for-28 for 99 yards and three interceptions, while Bobby Duffy had 35 yards on six carries to lead the Hawks in rushing.

Rams beat Parkville

The Edgewood Rams game with visiting Parkville on Friday got started, but was washed out right after kickoff.

On Saturday, when the game resumed, Deonte Banks took the opening kickoff back 60 yards to the Knights 20-yard line.

That set up the Rams first score, a passing touchdown from Antwain Banks to senior Monzell Ware and the Rams rolled, 50-22.

Deonte Banks played big all game in all phases for the Rams. He finished with two touchdowns and 106 rushing yards. 25 receiving yards, 115 return yards and an interception.

Antwain Banks rushed for 164 yards for three touchdowns and the lone touchdown pass to Ware.

On Defense, the Rams struggled early to contain the Knights offense, but adjusted well after halftime and held them to one touchdown the remainder of the night. The standouts on defense were Ware with 11 tackles and Nehemiah Knight with eight.

Mason Putney, Torrey Hill, Vaughntay McGraw and Tyler Boyd each had six tackles.

Putney added a 34-yard scoop and score fumble recovery, while Nate Burkhard was perfect for the night with 4-for-4 in extra points.

Cobras win big

Harford Tech opened its season on the road Saturday with a lopsided 48-8 win at Capital Christian Academy.

The Cobras ran for 274 yards and five scores and added two more touchdowns through the air.

Jalen Dangerfield led the ground attack, rushing for 156 yards and three scores on 14 carries. Charles Brown, Jr. and Ryan Hunt added a touchdown each on the ground.

Eddie Medina added 51 yards on seven carries.

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Hunt, the Cobras quarterback, also completed four-of-four passes for 48 yards and two touchdowns.

Jeremiah Minter caught both touchdown passes and finished with two catches for 15 yards.

Keith Green, III led the defense with seven total tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. Brown, Jr. added five tackles, as did Dangerfield.

Laday Cooper, Brian Walls and Zach Pippen added four tackles each and Jerome Dance had a fumble recovery.

Other scores

In another opening season game, John Carroll won at Century, 33-26, on Saturday and Joppatowne lost at Winters Mill, 21-6, Friday. Stats were not provided for either game.

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