Havre de Grace coach Tom Marron probably never thought he would be glad to see an opposing team celebrating a touchdown. Especially a touchdown late in the fourth quarter with the game on the line.
As strange as it sounds, however, Marron could not have been more pleased after Gene Thompson returned a kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown to pull Cecil County's Perryville within 14-13, with 1:20 remaining Saturday.
Thompson's teammates mobbed him in the end zone in celebration. But Perryville's celebration went on too long in the opinion of the officials and it was charged with a 15-yard penalty, moving the ball back to the 18-yard line for the conversion attempt. Perryville's two-point conversion pass failed, securing the victory for Havre de Grace.
"I'm sure glad they were celebrating," Marron said. "I didn't even know it had happened. I went to the water cooler. I turned my back. They must have been doing a lot of celebrating for the official to call it."
Perryville coach George Rash disagreed.
"The referees are supposed to control the game and make it fair, not take it away from you," Rash said. "That was a ridiculous call. The kids just hugged each other. They weren't out there that long."
Records, streaks, milestones
* Third-ranked Wilde Lake extended the area's longest winning streak to 27 with a 28-7 victory over South Carroll on Saturday.
* No. 12 C. Milton Wright won its 24th consecutive regular-season game Friday, a 42-7 rout of Dulaney.
* Sparrows Point's 49-7 loss to Bohemia Manor Saturday extended the area's longest losing streak to 23.
They're at it again
It looked more like the score of a baseball game when Edgewood defeated James M. Bennett, 6-4, in the Rams' season opener last season.
Saturday, J. M. Bennett avenged the loss.
The score? 6-2.
A fresh start
For a while, it appeared Archbishop Spalding might never win another game. The Cavaliers endured a 27-game winless streak before defeating Southwestern and Archbishop Curley last season to finish 2-8.
But Spalding began the new season on a winning note, defeating Frederick County's Catoctin, 7-0, Friday. Catoctin had beaten the Cavaliers, 32-6, in last season's opener.
"When you don't win too many it's always good to win," said Spalding coach Del Hughes, an assistant coach at North County last season.
* Most TDs: 5 players had 3.
* Longest TD rushing: Sekou Selli, Poly, 83 yards.
* Longest TD passing: Eric Howard, North County, 94 yards to Damon Martin.
* Longest kickoff return for a TD: Tim Daughton, Hereford, 82 yards.
* Longest punt return for a TD: Mark Franklin, Perry Hall, 62 yards.
* Longest interception return for a TD: Marcus Jones, Woodlawn, 93 yards.
* Longest fumble recovery and return for a TD: Jason Fox, Havre de Grace, 76 yards.
L * Longest field goal: Dave D'Argenio, Southern-AA, 35 yards.
* Mandell Marsh, Perry Hall, 13 carries, 203 yards, 2 TDs.
* Paul Brosenne, Glenelg, 30 carries, 177 yards.
* Joe Coefield, Kenwood, 11 carries, 157 yards, 2 TDs.
* Eric Howard, North County, 11-for-13, 217 yards, 1 TD.
* Seth Willingham, Wilde Lake, 3-for-4, 119 yards, 1 TD.
* William Collins, Franklin, 10-for-13, 102 yards, 1 TD.
* Damon Martin, North County, 5 catches, 145 yards, 1 TD.
* Joe Gray, Kenwood, 5 for 100 yards, 2 TDs.
* Ed Overton, Owings Mills, 3 for 70 yards.
Note: Top performances are based on statistics reported to The Sun.
How The Baltimore Sun's top 15 fared
Team (record) ... Last week ... This week
1. City (0-0) ... idle ... idle
2. Loyola (0-0) ... idle ... St. John's (D.C.)
3. Wilde Lake (1-0) ... beat South Carroll, 28-7 ... at Dundalk
4. Poly (1-0) ... beat McDonogh, 28-6 ... idle
5. Overlea (0-1) ... lost to Elkton, 21-6 ... vs. Towson
6. Patterson (0-0) ... idle ... at Beall
Woodlawn (1-0) ... beat Westminster, 48-6 ... idle
8. North County (1-0) ... beat Oakland Mills, 22-2 ... at Arundel
9. Gilman (0-0) ... idle ... idle
10. Annapolis (0-1) ... lost to R'llstown, 18-16 ... at Meade
11. Calvert Hall (0-1) ... lost to Perry Hall, 30-28 ... idle
12. C. Milton Wright (1-0) ... beat Dulaney, 42-7 ... at Aberdeen
13. Milford Mill (0-1) ... lost to Chopticon, 52-6 ... at Mervo
14. Towson (0-1) ... lost to Hammond, 13-12 ... vs. Overlea
15. Chesapeake-BC (1-0) ... beat Northeast, 20-12 ... at Patapsco