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With heavy hearts, Bel Air comes back to beat Havre de Grace

Bel Air scored 28 unanswered second half points Friday night to overcome an upset bid by host Havre de Grace in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference Chesapeake Division football game.

The 28 points propelled the Bobcats (6-0 overall, 3-0 league) to a 42-21 win.

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"To be completely honest with you, we had a tragedy happen at our school this past week, two of our students passed away," Bobcats coach David Huryk said. "Those boys played with their hearts the entire time, I could not be more proud of the effort they gave."

Keegan McHugh's 59-yard scoring run ignited the 28-point Bel Air run. A Devin Bowers 2-point conversion run put the Bobcats back ahead for good.

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Brad Casale took care of the rest. Casale scored on runs of 12, 15 and 22 yards to put the game out of reach. An interception by Casale set up the final score.

"My team played very good, the blocking on the left side was magnificent," Casale said.

While Casale had the second half heroics for the Bobcats, it was Havre de Grace (4-2, 1-2) senior Jordan Hawthorne who was seemingly a one-man wrecking crew in the first half.

It was Hawthorne's nifty 43-yard touchdown run and point-after-kick that tied the score at 7 with 5:53 to play in the opening quarter.

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Less than a minute into the second, Hawthorne scooped up a Bobcats fumble and raced 70 yards for another score.

Hawthorne's big play came on the first snap after Bel Air's Matt Kunkel picked off a pass and returned the ball 25 yards to the Warriors' 25.

As if he hadn't done enough, Hawthorne then intercepted a pass at the Bel Air 8-yard line, setting up the go-ahead score.

Jack Eberhardt then tossed a touchdown pass to Chris Harris on third-and-goal from the Bobcats' 15. Hawthorne's kick made it 21-14.

Bel Air used two big third down plays to aid both first half scores. Quarterback Daniel Webber connected with Jack Lewis for 36 yards on third-and-19 on the game's opening drive.

Three players later, Lewis ran for 29 yards to the Havre de Grace 4, setting up Bowers' 4-yard touchdown run.

The Bobcats other big play was a 50-yard screen pass from Webber to Casale, converting a third-and-22 to the Warriors' 14.

Two plays later, Lewis reeled off an 16-yard scoring run.

"Bel Air came out in the second half and we're just too physical for us," Havre de Grace coach Greg Long said. "They pushed us around and did a nice job with big plays."

Bel Air students Marvin Eudiel Hernandez and Ryan Thomas Harris, both 16, died in a car accident late last Friday.

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