Cody Turner stayed busy on both sides of the ball Friday night and helped North Harford remain unbeaten.
Turner, the quarterback for No. 10 North Harford, ran for two touchdowns. As a safety, he intercepted three passes. Brandon Bayer also helped by rushing for 186 yards and two touchdowns. as the Hawks held off host Havre de Grace, 29-20, in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference game.
The victory gave North Harford (8-0, 5-0) first place in the UCBAC's Chesapeake Division. Havre de Grace (6-2, 4-1) came into the game tied with the Hawks.
Turner ran for a 19-yard touchdown in the first half and a 6-yard score in the third quarter. He intercepted two passes in the first half and another in the second half.
"It feels good to have this [game]," Turner said. "I'm just doing what I'm coached to do."
The Hawks held a 7-6 lead at halftime. But Turner's interception on the second play of the second half helped North Harford take command.
He battled Havre de Grace tight end Monty Werts for a pass from Darin Washington (227 yards, four interceptions) and got the ball at the Warriors 43. The Havre de Grace sideline was screaming for a simultaneous possession call, which goes to the offense. But the officials ruled that Turner had possession when he hit the ground.
Turner then slipped away from a sack on the next play and threw a 38-yard pass to Jamie Price. Bayer ran for a 5-yard touchdown on the following play. Havre de Grace then jumped offside as North Harford tried to kick the extra point, and the Hawks changed up and went for two. Bayer ran it in for a 15-6 lead.
"I think that was the momentum swing," Havre de Grace coach Johnny Brooks said. "I think that changed the game."
Turner's 6-yard touchdown run made it 22-6 on the Hawks' next possession.
Washington responded with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Dayshawn Bolling with 9:21 left in the game. Washington then hit Travonn Bond with a pass for the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 22-14.
But Bayer then ran for a 66-yard touchdown on North Harford's next play, breaking the game open.
Bayer ran for 165 of his yards in the second half as North Harford coach Ken Brinkman shifted gears and went to a ball-control style offense.
After the Warriors scored a touchdown with 5:40 left, North Harford ran out the clock -- running on 11 consecutive plays.
"We [went] back to ball control in the second half," Brinkman said. "We said 'let's do what we do and run the ball.' "