Bel Air's rally falls short vs. Havre de Grace, 44-31

No. 13 Warriors remain unbeaten with road win

Football

High Schools

October 17, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

The Havre de Grace football team's undefeated season is alive and well, but not without a scare last night from host Bel Air.

Leading by 28 points early in the second half, the 13th-ranked Warriors were forced to sweat out a 44-31 victory at Al Cesky Field.

With the win, Havre de Grace improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in Harford County league play. Bel Air, which trailed 38-10 with 9:37 to play in the third quarter, fell to 4-2, 2-2.

"We played so poorly out there, but give them credit," said Warriors coach Johnny Brooks, whose team got 183 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries from senior tailback Mike Perez. "They took it to us in the second half."

After falling behind 7-0, the Warriors' Perez scored on a 1-yard run, safety Dante Mason returned a Bel Air fumble 50 yards for a score and Shane West, who broke a state record last week by hitting a 59-yard field goal, booted a 30-yard field goal.

West then threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to senior Zane Waldon, and Perez scored on a 56-yard scamper to give the Warriors a 31-7 lead.

They added another touchdown when Durrell Grimes intercepted Bobcats quarterback Andrew Berry and returned it for a 47-yard score, making the score 38-10.

But then Berry found his rhythm.

Berry (10-for-14 in the second half for 160 yards and three touchdowns) hit his brother Adam on a 20-yard touchdown and Matt Huntley for a 15-yarder to make it 38-24 with 5:06 left in the third.

But after Berry hit Willie Bell on a 10-yard touchdown, cutting the lead to 38-31 with 5:21 left, Havre de Grace sustained a long drive, leaving the Bobcats with just seconds left and 93 yards between them and a tying score.

Berry's desperation pass was intercepted by Steve Mitchell and returned for a touchdown.

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