N. Harford, Broadneck spring upsets

Hawks edge Fallston, 10-7

No. 5 Annapolis falls, 22-21

Football roundup

November 06, 1999|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Last night, an overflow crowd came to No. 13 Fallston to see the host Cougars clinch a playoff berth and win the county title outright. No. 15 North Harford had other ideas.

The Hawks (9-1, 7-1) used Justin Phelps' 28-yard field goal and a goal line stand in the final minutes to defeat the host Cougars (9-1, 7-1) in a key Harford County football game, 10-7.

The win gives the Hawks a tie for the county title, and a slim chance of making the state 2A playoffs. The loss puts a big dent in the Cougars' faint Class 3A hopes.

"We figured we had nothing to lose," said North Harford running back Mike Walker. "We gave it all we had."

Patrick Starleper led the Hawks with 93 yards rushing on eight carries, while Fallston's Nate Liebel led the Cougars with 53 yards on 12 carries.

"This is unbelievable," said North Harford coach Fred Foster. "I may wake up in the morning and find it's not true. Our guys never lost their confidence, and we played like champions."

The Hawks got the ball at their own 35-yard line midway through the fourth quarter, and drove 53 yards to the Fallston 12. Phelps kicked a 28-yard field goal to give North Harford a 10-7 lead.

Fallston's best chance came in the final two minutes. After taking over at the North Harford 30 due to a partially blocked punt, the Cougars drove to the Hawks' 5.

Fallston, out of timeouts, wanted to kick a field goal to tie the game on fourth-and-one, but couldn't get the kicking unit in on time. The Cougars elected to run Liebel, but he was stopped by the interior of the Hawks.

"We thought we had the first down," said Fallston coach Dave Cesky. "We didn't have time to get our kicker on, so I let my quarterback call the play. It was a great game, and my kids have nothing to be ashamed of."

Both teams will now wait to see what happens in other games to determine their fates.

"If we don't make it, we gave it our best shot," said Starleper, who scored North Harford's touchdown on a 66-yard run. "We gave it our best, and so did they, and that's all you can ask."

Broadneck 22, No. 5 Annapolis 21: Broadneck trailed by two -- 21-19 -- with 6: 02 remaining when Tim Gappert kicked a 21-yard field goal to lift the host Bruins (7-3) to an upset victory over the Panthers (9-1).

Broadneck's Ryan Eslin completed 23 of 26 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns and Jason Burton made six catches for 59 yards and three touchdowns. Brian Williams had six receptions for 108 yards for the Bruins.

Rayvon Johnson had 23 carries for 212 yards and two touchdowns and a two-point conversion to lead Annapolis' offense.

No. 9 Edmondson 53, Carver 6: The Redskins secured 25th-year coach Pete Pompey's 180th career win along with Edmondson's 16th straight victory with a balanced offensive attack and a 29-point second quarter.

Justus McLeod caught four passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Eddie Colbert, a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder who has been offered full scholarships by Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Maryland and Morgan State.

Teammate Darryl McCray rushed for 76 yards and two more touchdowns.

Also scoring twice for Edmondson were Darryl McCray and 6-foot, 230-pound Raytron Leak.

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