Havre de Grace suffers first grid loss in pounding from Elkton

Havre de Grace suffers first grid loss in pounding from Elkton
Harford Tech's Jeremiah Minter turns the corner and slips away from North East defender Brandon Maenner to pick up a few yards on a carry in Friday night's Homecoming game at Harford Tech. (Matt Button / Aegis Staff / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Havre de Grace’s five-game football win streak came to an end Friday night as the Elkton Golden Elks rolled over the Warriors, 50-30, in an UCBAC Chesapeake Division game at James R. Harris Stadium in Havre de Grace.

Elkton (1-2, 4-2) scored early and often, leading 24-0 through one quarter. Quarterback Nolan Null passed for 366 yards and three touchdowns against the Warriors defense. Running back Tashawn Watters added 50 yards and two rushing scores.


Havre de Grace committed five turnovers, contributing to the Elks success and one of three fumble recoveries was returned for a touchdown.

“They have a lot of talented athletes over there. When they get up early on you like that, 24-0 in the first quarter? The rest of the half we kind of held them out, but they just have so many weapons,” Warriors coach Brian Eberhardt said. “They’re able to find your weakness and exploit it with that may weapons, so they’re gonna win a lot of football games.”

Those weapons had the Warriors (2-1, 5-1) down 31-0 midway through the second quarter before Jordan White picked off a Null pass and returned it 13 yards for the Warriors first points.

The Warriors Jesse Fenner forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and Oreyon James made the recovery. Havre de Grace turned the possession into a Chandler Russo 26-yard field goal.

The Warriors trailed at the half, 31-10.

A blocked punt by Elkton opened second half play, leading to another quick strike from Null to Mike Vass. Vass got behind the Warriors secondary for the 33-yard touchdown catch.

Vass hauled in an 85-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter that got the Elks rolling.

Warriors quarterback Alex Gresock (10 carries, 55 yards) ran for two touchdowns in the second half, the first, a seven-yard run, coming with 1:16 left in the third quarter.

Gresock also ran eight yards for his second touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Sandwiched, however, between the scores, Watters ran 12 yards for sixth touchdown of the night.

Jahmaad Stansbury’s recovery of an onsides kick led to the Warriors final points, a one-yard Brandon Rabbitt touchdown run.

Elkton closed the scoring with Null passing 42 yards to Dah’mear Triplett.

Cobras stay perfect

Harford Tech (2-0, 6-0) remained Harford County’s only unbeaten team. The Cobras beat visiting North East (1-2, 3-3), 38-7, in Susquehanna Division play.


Quarterback Ryan Hunt (14-for-23, 165 yards) threw four touchdown passes to lead the win.

Laday Cooper (two catches, 34 yards); Jeremiah Minter (four catches, 27 yards); Curtis McKisset (five catches, 72 yards); and Jalen Dangerfield (two catches, 32 yards) each had a touchdown reception.

Charles Brown, Jr. added a touchdown on the ground and ran for 75 yards on six carries.

Tech kicker Tyler Long provided the rest of the Cobras scoring. He was 5-for-5 on extra point attempts and 1-for-2 on field goal attempts. The made field goal came from 25 yards out.

T.J. Lowery led the Tech defense with eight total tackles. Lowery also had one of the Cobras three interceptions.

Brown, Jr. and Ike Udolisa added seven tackles each and Dangerfield had six tackles and an interception. Keith Green, III also had six tackles and Cooper had the other interception.

Jonathan Fletcher added a blocked punt for Tech.

Eagles beat Mustangs

In Chesapeake action, Aberdeen (2-1, 3-3) knocked off host C, Milton Wright (1-2, 3-3), 26-21.

Aberdeen picked off five passes and Eagles quarterback Silas Jenkins (10-for-15, 170 yards, INT) tossed a pair of touchdowns in the win.

Jenkins threw touchdown passes to Jahiem Wilson-Jones (five catches, 82 yards) and Isiah Pannell (three catches, 70 yards). Wilson-Jones covered 60 yards for his score, which opened the scoring for the Eagles.

Pannell’s touchdown catch was the winning catch.

Malachi Steward-Lesesne (nine carries, 51 yards) and Tommy Fisher (10 carries, 24 yards) both ran for a score.

Maurice Alviarez (two interceptions) and Nygel Diggs led the Eagles defense with seven tackles apiece. Steward-Lesesne added three tackles and two interceptions.

Anthony Johnson added five tackles and Chandler Scott had four tackles and an interception that ended the game.

Bobcats top Cougars

Also, in Chesapeake play, Bel Air (2-1, 2-3) beat host Fallston (0-3, 0-5), 46-6.

Hunter Hruz led the Bobcats, rushing for 122 yards and three touchdowns on 10m carries. Jaylen Reaves added 100 yards and two touchdowns on 12 attempts.

Brandon Purtell also had a rushing touchdown and Kade Ketcham (two catches, 76 yards) hauled in a 70-yard scoring pass from Marquez Kimbrough.

Stephan Thompson led the Bel Air defense with 10 tackles. Davon Bomar, Austin Hess and Cole Meyer had six tackles each.

Michael Nicol and Noah Alexander each had an interception.

Brandon Klaben (17 carries, 32 yards) score the lone Fallston points.

Quarterback Colin Akins was 9-for-19 for 99 yards and two interceptions. Jimmy Johnson had five catches for 70 yards.

Rams cruise past Hawks

Edgewood (3-0, 5-1) was also a big winner, cruising past visiting North Harford (1-2, 2-4), 53-6.

Rams quarterback Antwain Banks (eight carries, 147 yards) ran for three touchdowns and Deonte Banks (eight carries, 159 yards) ran for a pair.

Johnathan Levine (60 rushing yards) and Tyreak Carey (39 rushing yards) also ran for a touchdown apiece.

Defensively, the Rams forced two interceptions with Deonte Banks returning one for a touchdown.

Daviyon Johnson, Monzell Ware, Randy Hughes and Isaiah Butts had six tackles each. The only sack of the night came from Shamar Barnes, who ended the night with three tackles.

For the Hawks, Bobby Duffy had 17 carries for 115 yards and a the Hawks lone touchdown.

Duffy also led the team with eigth tackles. Dalton Battaglia, Josh Blosser and Robbie Richardson added four tackles each.

Mariners fall to Panthers

In Susquehanna play, Joppatowne (1-2, 1-5) hung tough, but fell to visiting Perryville (1-1, 3-3), 7-0.

William Harris ran for 102 yards on 14 carries and Jaylen Jones came in at quarterback and completed 2-of-15 passes for 32 yards.

Antoine Billinger-Bey and Jakai Bryan both had 20 total tackles to lead the defense.

Huskies lose, too

Patterson Mill (0-3, 0-5) was beaten by visiting Bo Manor (2-2, 3-3), 35-14, in Susquehanna play.

Huskies quarterback Nathan Vujanic threw for 237 yards and a touchdown on 17-for-30 passing attempts. Vujanic was also intercepted once.

Christian Pross caught eight passes for 120 yards and the touchdown. Evan Ehly caught five passes for 98 yards.

Ray Gutierrez added the other Huskies touchdown by run and finished with 24 yards on 14 carries.

Patriots drop third straight


John Carroll (0-3, 3-3) dropped its third straight MIAA B Conference game, losing 26-23 to visiting Pallotti.

Chimzi Chuku ran for 121 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, but the Patriots still came up a few points short.

Roman Hemby scored a pair of touchdowns, running for one and catching another from quarterback Will Gianelli. Hemby ran for 15 yards on three carries and caught three passes for 72 yards.

Gianelli was 8-for-20 passing for 92 yards. He threw an interception and also ran for 32 yards on six carries.

Darrius Lloyd led the defense with 23 total tackles. Isaac Myers had seven tackles, including a sack and a safety.

Caleb Atabong added 12 tackles and Ben Blessing had 14 tackles.