In a game that featured two safeties, the two-point variety, Patterson Mill scored the winning touchdown with 19 seconds to play in a 23-16 Susquehanna win over host Edgewood Friday night. Aberdeen, North Harford, Harford Tech, Joppatowne and Fallston were also winners in Friday Night Football.
The winning drive for the Huskies (3-1 league and 6-1 overall) took five minutes and covered 80 yards in 11 plays. The Huskies capped the winning drive on quarterback Luke DePasquale's 10-yard touchdown pass to Mike Reed. The Rams helped the drive with an offsides penalty on third and four and the Huskies kept the drive alive a few downs later on fourth and three at midfield.
Justin Palmer caught a 8-yard pass to keep the drive alive. The Huskies went to a bit of trickery on the next down, with Deonte Alston taking a pitch and tossing a halfback option pass to Reed. The play covered 23 yards to the Rams' 19.
The Huskies last-minute score answered Edgewood's game-tying score on the previous possession. The Rams covered 52 yards with two passes. Quarterback Trey Miller passed 25 yards to Jordan Hicks to the Huskies 27 and two plays later, Tremont Daniels got behind the Patterson Mill secondary for a 27-yard touchdown pass.
Miller then ran for the two-point conversion to tie the score at 16 with 5:55 to play.
Edgewood (2-2, 2-5) had taken a 2-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Kaleb Myers tackled Alston in the end zone.
The Rams added a touchdown after the free kick with Noel Spencer ripping off a 41-yard touchdown jaunt. The two-point conversion failed, but Edgewood had an 8-0 lead with 4:16 to play in the opening quarter.
Patterson Mill, which was stuffed at the goal line early in the second period, finally found the end zone midway through the quarter when Devinn Fisher scored on a nifty 35-yard run. A conversion pass to Reed tied the game, 8-8.
The Huskies were stymied again at the goal line to open the second half. Alston set up the first and goal situation with a 54-yard run to the Rams' six.
Four downs later, DePasquale was stopped short inside the Edgewood 1-yard line. It actually worked in the Huskies favor as Edgewood running back Spencer was tackled in his own end zone for a safety and a 10-8 Patterson Mill lead.
The Huskies increased the lead to 16-10 following the free kick. DePasquale passed to Ryan Jacobs for a 7-yard score on fourth and goal.
ABERDEEN beats BEL AIR
Aberdeen ran wild in Bel Air, scoring the first five times it touched the ball en route to a 42-8 victory over the Bobcats.
After forcing Bel to punt on its first possession, the Eagles took over on their 44, and scored five plays later when quarterback Kenny Faulcon hit Christian Carpenter in the end zone with a 15-yard pass. Bel Air thwarted the two-point attempt, leaving the score at 6-0.
Following another Bel Air punt, Aberdeen looked to have scored in short order, as the Eagles' Austin Bonsall returned the kick for a 46-yard touchdown, but the play was nullified by a holding call. Unfazed, the Eagles took just three plays to cross the Bel Air goal line, with Olajuwon Brown capping a three-play drive with a 21-yard touchdown run. Faulcon passed to Maurice Harris on the two-point attempt, putting Aberdeen up, 14-0.
On its next possession, which started after Bel Air was forced to punt for the third time, Aberdeen got another touchdown, this one on a 41-yard scramble by Faulcon. On the two-point play, Faulcon's pass to Carpenter was incomplete, leaving Aberdeen with a 20-0 advantage heading into the second quarter.
The Eagles fourth drive of the game started after Bel Air quarterback Ryan Monardo had a pass picked off picked off by Chavez Cheatham, and ended seven plays and 56 yards later on a four-yard touchdown pass from Faulcon to Carpenter. Aberdeen converted on the two-point play to go up, 28-0.
Taking over on the Bel Air 31 after the Bobcats turned the ball over on downs, Aberdeen needed just two plays to score their fifth touchdown, as Cheatham sprinted into the end zone on a reverse play from 31 yards out. Bonsall nailed his extra-point attempt to put Aberdeen up, 35-0, where the score remained into the second half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Bel Air was backed up deep in its own territory during its first possession of the fourth quarter. On a third-down play at the Bobcats two, Monardo scrambled and fumbled the ball, which was picked up by Carpenter, who ran it in for his third touchdown of the game. Bonsall put the ball through the uprights on the extra-point kick, making the score, 42-0.
Bel Air's lone touchdown came with little more than three minutes left when Alex Love snapped off a 32-yard scoring run. On the two-point play, Bel Air's Michael Adams busted across the goal line for the final 42-8 score.
Bel Air's Steve Henson intercepted two Aberdeen passes, one from Faulcon and one from replacement quarterback Nicholas Wynn.
The victory improved Aberdeen's record to 5-2. Bel Air is 2-5.
NORTH HARFORD beats HAVRE DE GRACE
North Harford scored 21 points in each half and beat visiting Havre de Grace, 42-13, in a Chesapeake (upper) Division game.
The Warriors struck first on Lavell McCullers' 77-yard strike to Chris Askew for the game's lone first quarter points.
North Harford scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter for a 21-6 half time lead. Quarterback Ryan Stinar passed 48 yards to Brady Maguire before North Harford scored on two short touchdown runs. Nick Warren ran one yard and Jon Hammer ran four yards. Chris King added the extra-point kicks after all three scores.
The Hawks (3-0, 6-1) also scored three straight touchdowns, all on the ground, in the third quarter. Warren had the longest on a 37-yard run. Tyler Campbell added the other two on runs of eight and five yards. King kicked one of two extra points and Campbell also had a run for a two-point conversion.
Havre de Grace (2-2, 4-3) scored in the final quarter when McCullers threw 14 yards to Askew again.
HARFORD TECH gets first win
Harford Tech won its first game of the season, beating host North East, 8-0, in a Susquehanna (lower) Division game. The game's only points came on a 53-yard touchdown run by quarterback Austin Nierwinski. Nierwinski then passed to Zac Taylor for the two-point conversion to put Cobras (1-3,1-6) in the win column.
JOPPATOWNE shuts out CMW
Joppatowne (1-3, 4-3) snapped a three-game skid with a 20-0 win over visiting C. Milton Wright (0-3, 2-5) in Chesapeake play.
Jamil Lee highlighted the win, rushing for 175 yards, two touchdowns and a two-point conversion on 25 carries.
Mariners quarterback John Pace was 2-for-2 for 30 yards.
Khalil Jones led the defense with eight tackles and Dylan Nicodemus added seven.
David Moore and Kashawn Graham had interceptions for Joppatowne.
FALLSTON improves to 7-1
The Fallston Cougars improved to 7-0 with a 41-0 drubbing of visiting Lansdowne.
Marc Badger rushed for a pair of touchdowns to lead the way for Fallston's offense. Chris Rose caught one touchdown pass, while Ryan Umpleby and Steve Hill each scored one touchdown in the victory.