Havre de Grace used two touchdown passes from senior quarterback Alex Gresock and four interceptions from its defense to beat host Bel Air, 17-7, Friday night in an UCBAC Chesapeake Division football game.
The win keeps the Warriors unbeaten at 5-0 overall and 2-0 in division play. The Bobcats fell to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in division action.
The Warriors made a few changes at halftime which led to shutting down the Bobcats run game and forcing them to pass.
“We have a great coaching staff, guys in the box and defensive coordinator Jerry Lee, they had a really good game plan,” Warriors coach Brian Eberhardt said. “They’re young guys and they’re gonna need tweaked at halftime so we had to remind guys of some responsibilities and things that we had practiced early in the week. We were able to execute and step up and play. I was very proud of our guys.”
Bel Air actually scored first on an end around to tight end Ed Zaborowski, who ran nearly 50 yards for the score with 1:17 left in the opening quarter. The Bobcats added the PAT for the 7-0 lead.
Havre de Grace was able to pull even in quarter two on Gresock’s first touchdown pass. Jaylen Day was on the receiving end and the extra-point kick from Chandler Russo tied the game at 7. The game went to the half locked at 7.
The Warriors defense then took over in the second half, blocking a punt and adding three interceptions.
Jordan White backed the punt for the Warriors, who took over possession at the Bel Air eight yard line.
The Bobcats defense stepped up and forced the Warriors into a field goal try, which was good. A 22-yard kick from Russo to give Havre de Grace a 10-7 lead with 6:49 to play in the third quarter.
The next Bobcats possession ended with Josh Mergler picking off a Austin Rohlfing pass at the Bobcats 33.
Two plays later, Gresock connected with White on a 26-yard touchdown pass and catch. Russo added the PAT for the 17-7 lead.
White stepped in front of the Bel Air receiver for another interception and moments later had another touchdown pass fro Gresock, but a penalty wiped out the score and the Warriors were flagged there more times over the next few minutes that ended the scoring threat.
Bel Air took over at its own 25 and put together a drive that ended with the final interception.
Zack Anderson pressured Bobcats quarterback Rohlfing and hit his arm as he released the ball.
The short, wobbly pass was picked off by Jayden Hyman with 1:12 to play.
The Warriors did punt the ball back to Bel Air, but wth just :02 left.
“They [HdG] were making tough for us running the ball, which is what we like to do,” Bobcats coach Dave Huryk said. “We tried to go some place else and we made a couple of mistakes here and there. Overall, I thought we fought to the end and I thought the defense played well”
Harford Tech (5-0) had no trouble staying unbeaten, rolling to a 65-0 shutout of visiting Bluford Drew Jemison.
Also, Edgewood (2-0, 4-1) was a 35-14 winner at Elkton in Chesapeake play.
In another Chesapeake game, C. Milton Wright (1-1, 3-2) won at North Harford (1-1, 2-3).
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