Edgewood jumps on errors, reaches playoffs

Edgewood 20 North Harford 14

November 11, 2006|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to the Sun

Edgewood needed a win in last night's regular-season finale to qualify for the playoffs, and it got unexpected help from visiting North Harford to get it.

The Rams took advantage of a short field three times - twice on Hawks fumbles and once on a penalty on a punt return. Quentin Bell and Manny Washington each ran for a touchdown, and quarterback James Scharf threw for another to give Edgewood a 20-14 victory over North Harford.

North Harford (7-2), winners of the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference Susquehanna Division, had a Class 3A East regional playoff spot locked up, but Edgewood (8-2) needed a win to clinch a berth. The Rams won the division title last year but barely missed the region's final playoff spot.

"I think the whole team gave 200 percent," Bell said. "We knew what was going to happen if we didn't win the game."

Terry Trafton's 10-yard touchdown run on the opening series gave North Harford a 6-0 lead, but Edgewood soon recovered a Bryan Woolson fumble at the Hawks' 21. Washington scored on a 1-yard run, and Jim Ryan kicked the extra point for a 7-6 lead.

North Harford punted on its next drive, but a face-mask penalty gave the Rams the ball at their 49. Later in the drive, Scharf threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Eric Mitchell for a 14-6 lead.

Woolson (119 yards) answered with a 5-yard touchdown run, and the Hawks recovered a fumble in the end zone for a two-point conversion, tying the score at 14 with 4:49 left in the first half.

North Harford helped Edgewood again when Trafton fumbled at the 13 and the Rams recovered.

Bell gave the Rams a 20-14 lead five plays later on a 2-yard touchdown run with 2:36 left in the third quarter.

"We beat ourselves," North Harford coach Ken Brinkman said.

North Harford slowed the usually powerful Edgewood offense. Bell (66 yards) and Washington (60 yards) couldn't break the long runs that were common this season.

But Edgewood opened up its wing T offense, and Scharf delivered. The junior quarterback completed 10 of 20 passes for 166 yards.

"They won the UCBAC last year, but [decided] they'd rather play the extra week this year," Edgewood coach Fred Myers said.

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