Edgewood senior running back Deonte Banks ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns Friday night to lead the Rams (6-0, 8-1) over host Havre de Grace (4-2, 7-2), 44-14, in an UCBAC Chesapeake Division game.
The win gives Edgewood, which forced four turnovers, the division title.
The Rams started quickly with quarterback Antwain Banks racing 61 yards to paydirt just minutes into the game.
Quarterback Banks (12 carries, 208 yards) left the game two snaps into the Rams second, second half possession with cramping in both legs.
Deonte Banks, who added his first scoring run (59 yards) in the final minute of the first quarter, took over most of the remaining snaps.
"Honestly, we do it in practice sometimes, we're just playing around and I go to quarterback and we just do it," Deonte Banks said of his second half position switch. “It was easy for real, it just came to me. Then I just had to calm down and get back to the job, but we got the job done."
The Rams lead grew to 19-0 a short time later when Antwain Banks reeled off 59 more yards for another score.
Havre de Grace made a game of it, although, briefly, over the next 20 seconds.
Brandon Rabbitt, who led the Warriors with 114 rushing yards on 15 carries, pounded his way to the end zone on a 21-yard touchdown run. “I just put it in my left arm, saw I had some space, stiff armed one guy and got past him, side stepped to the right and saw a lane,” Rabbitt said. “I knew I was gonna get dragged down from behind, so I just dove in and tried to get it.”
Two snaps into the ensuing Edgewood possession, Warrior Alex Gresock stepped in front of an Antwain Banks pass, picking it off and returning it 19 yards for a score. Chandler Russo added both extra points and the Warriors were suddenly down by five, 19-14, with 6:39 left in the half.
Edgewood responded with an 80-yard, nine-play drive, capped with Deonte Banks scoring on a five yard run.
The Rams, leading 25-14 at the half, opened the second half with more points, and did so through the air. Antwain Banks tossed a 59-yard strike to Monzell Ware, who out-dueled the Havre de Grace defender to make the catch at the 15. He then stayed in bounds and trotted into the end zone.
The other Edgewood second half points came in the final quarter. Deonte Banks ran four yards and 25 yards, respectively, for the game's final points.
Bobcats beat Hawks
In other Chesapeake play, Bel Air (4-2, 4-4) beat visiting North Harford (2-4, 3-6), 47-21.
The Bobcats ran for 338 yards and multiple scores from multiple players. Quarterback Austin Rohlfing ran for two scores and passed for another. Marquez Kimbrough led the attack with 104 yards and a touchdown on just three carries.
Hunter Hruz (six carries, 70 yards) also scored a touchdown, as did Sincere Montgomery (four carries, 79 yards).
Also scoring for the Bobcats were Reilly Purtell, Darrius Ashman and Davon Bomar.
For North Harford, quarterback Bobby Duffy had 12 carries for 121 yards and a 45-yard touchdown. Duffy also added 106 yards passing.
Sam MacAtee had 109 all-purpose yards on five catches and 10 carries, which included a two-yard scoring run. Anthony Holmes added 44 yards on 11 carries and a nine-yard touchdown run.
Austin Hess (11 tackles) and Stephan Thompson (10 tackles) led rhe Bel Air defense. Montgomery and Justin O’Bannon each had a fumble recovery and Purtell had an interception.
Elks top Eagles
In another Chesapeake game, Aberdeen (2-4, 3-6) lost at Elkton (4-2, 7-2), 50-26.
Malachi Stewart-Lesesne, rushed for 11 yards on six attempts and added a touchdown run.
Tommy Fisher rushed for 60 yards on 12 carries and had a pair of rushing touchdowns covering five and 30 yards, respectively.
Quarterback Silas Jenkins completed 4-of-22 passes for 78 yards and he was intercepted twice. On the ground, Jenkins added 63 yards on eight attempts, including a 29-yard touchdown run.
Isiah Pannell led the team in receiving with two receptions for 42 yards.
Jaheim Wilson-Jones set up a score with a 73-yard kickoff return (four returns for 119 yards). On defense he had three tackles and and interception.
Tony Wright had an interception, two tackles and one reception for 25 yards.
Chandler Scott had a fumble recovery and Jabril Williams led the team in tackles with six
Stewart-Lesesne added five tackles.
Mariners beat Huskies
In Susquehanna Division play, Joppatowne (2-3, 2-7) outlasted visiting Patterson Mill (0-6, 0-8), 34-30.
Mariners quarterback Jaylen Jones (4-11, 67 yards) passed for one score and ran for two more on four caries for 41 yards.
Shyeim Taylor had a big night with 160 yards and two scores on 20 carries, while William Harris added 13 carries for 100 yards. Harris also had two receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown.
Jamaal Chase added two receptions for 35 yards.
Defensively, De'Anthony Creighton had 15 tackles and five sacks to lead Joppatowne. Harris also had 15 tackles, as did Antoine Billinger-Bey.
For Patterson Mill, it was a huge night for Christian Pross. Pross ran for 283 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. Pross also caught five passes for 113 yards and two more touchdowns.
Huskies quarterback Nathan Vujanic was 8-for-14 for 171 yards and the two scores. Christian Blackwell added three catches for 58 yards.
Tigers stun Cobras
Harford Tech (4-1, 8-1) was in action Saturday on the road at Rising Sun (5-0, 6-3) and the Cobras saw their 18 regular season game streak end with an 13-12 Susquehanna loss.
Jalen Dangerfield (19 carries, 146 yards) had a 46-yard touchdown run for the Cobras, who ran out of time inside the Rising Sun 10-yard line at the games end.
Quarterback Ryan Hunt was 3-for-9 for 76 yards and one touchdown. Curtis McKisset hauled in the 55-yard scoring pass, his lone catch of the day.
Dangerfield had 10 tackles to lead the defense. Zach Pippen and Corey Harris had eight tackles apiece.
Mustangs beat Cougars
In Chesapeake play, C. Milton Wright (2-4, 4-5) won at Fallston (0-6, 0-8), 42-8.
The Cougars lone points came on an Alex Baily 12-yard fumble return and Colin Akins run for two points on the conversion.
Fallston had very little offense. Akins completed 6-of-16 passes for 4 yards and he was intercepted twice.
Jimmy Johnson had four receptions for 28 yards.
Christian Wilson led the Cougars defense with 10 tackles and Justin Weigand added an interception.
Patriots fall to Loyola
In an MIAA non-conference game, John Carroll (2-3, 5-4) fell 28-21 at Loyola (5-3).
Roman Hemby led the Patriots efforts with 109 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Hemby scored on touchdown runs of three and seven yards, respectively.
Quarterback Scott Smith, III (eight carries, 67 yards) added the other John Carroll score with an one-yard run. Smith was 11-for-21 for 153 yards and he was intercepted once.
Malik Scott had four catches for 44 yards.
Austin Brinkman had 14 total tackles to lead the defense. Isaac Myers, Caleb Atabong and Darrius Lloyd had 12 tackles apiece. Hemby added 10.
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