Havre de Grace wins battle of defense with Edgewood 10-8 victory is sixth in row for Warriors

November 04, 1995|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

It took nearly the whole game, but Havre de Grace finally got the points it needed to ensure its sixth straight victory, a 10-7 triumph at Edgewood in a steady drizzle last night.

The win boosted Havre de Grace to 6-3 overall, 5-1 in the Harford County League, and kept it atop the Class 1A state ratings. Edgewood, which had won its previous two, dropped to 4-5 (2-4).

Interceptions gave each side its touchdowns.

On Havre de Grace's second series, a Billy Jackson pass was picked off by Edgewood defensive back Reggie Jarvis and returned 28 yards for a score. Robert Gaines kicked a 30-yard extra point after a penalty for a 7-0 lead.

On the play before the interception, an Edgewood receiver had dropped a first-down pass.

Jackson matched that at the end of the third quarter when he intercepted a Gaines pass at midfield and went in untouched. The Warriors, who have gone for two-point conversions all year, got them this time on a Jackson-Damond Presberry pass.

"I had been beaten on that pass play in the flat earlier, and Jameel [Dolly] told me he'd yell when he saw it coming again," Jackson said. It came on a first-down call after Havre de Grace had been stoped on a fourth-down play.

The safety came at the end of the game after a second successive high snap had gone over Gaines' head deep in his own territory, and he kicked the ball out of the end zone.

Earlier in the season, it was the offense that was carrying Havre de Grace, but more recently, it has been the defense that has come through with the big plays.

Against the Rams, it held inside the 5-yard line on one series, and Josh Rollman recovered a goal-line fumble that thwarted an almost certain Edgewood touchdown on another.

Ben Neades, a 6-foot-1, 275-pound senior; junior Brian Wainwright (5-8, 185) and sophomore Brad Spence (6-2, 215) were the heart of the Warriors' defensive front and did a solid job of keeping the home team off balance.

For Edgewood, when it was able to get a running game going in the sloppy conditions, it was senior linemen Mike Brown and Greg Cherry on the left side who opened the holes for power plays in that direction.

As a result of the defensive work on both sides -- Edgewood stopped the visitors on four downs inside the 8-yard line, three of them from inside the 3 in the fourth quarter.

For the most part, though, it was a punting contest, with Edgewood getting off six and Havre de Grace, which never put together two successive first downs and had only seven for the game, had five.

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