Havre de Grace wins 1A North with defense

Warriors force seven New Town turnovers

Havre de Grace 22 New Town 15

November 26, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporter

Havre de Grace's defensive players took offense to the notion that 11th-ranked New Town was more noted for its defense going into yesterday's Class 1A North region title game.

"Everyone said they had a defense that could stop anybody," Havre de Grace receiver Travis Brown said. "But our defense played its best game of the year."

Havre de Grace (8-4) forced seven turnovers and won for the sixth time in its past seven games, 22-15, at Woodlawn. New Town (9-2), which brought a seven-game winning streak into the game, had outscored opponents, 238-19, with six shutouts, in its nine victories.

Brown and Josh Appold led Havre de Grace. Appold rushed for his sixth touchdown of the season and passed for 190 yards, including a 39-yard scoring pass to Brown, who had seven catches for 114 yards. Brown also had three interceptions on defense.

Robert Jakubac had an interception and a fumble recovery, and Lee Morse and Emmanuel Oals each had a fumble recovery.

For the season, Brown has 56 receptions for 1,086 yards and 11 touchdowns, and Appold has thrown for 1,961 yards and 20 touchdowns. Brown and Appold will lead the Warriors against 11-1 Fort Hill (Cumberland County) in next weekend's state semifinal.

Brown also cited the defensive play of Michael Simpson, Jeremy Creger, Grant Steelman, Zach Crouch, Howie Holloway and Michael Strong, whose 16-yard touchdown run, followed by Christopher Crowe's second extra-point kick, had the Warriors up 22-7 with 6:11 to play.

Appold's 4-yard run had the Warriors up 6-0 at 9:52 of the first quarter, ending a seven-play, 44-yard drive. The Titans led 7-6 at 6:59 of the first quarter after Jamal McCrae's extra-point kick followed Terrance Macer's 16-yard touchdown run. But the Warriors gained an 8-7 halftime lead when New Town's long snapper hiked the ball over his punter's head and out of the end zone for a safety.

At the start of the second half, Brown recovered Crowe's first of two onsides kicks (both recovered by Havre de Grace) to set up his 39-yard scoring reception, after which Crowe's extra point made it 15-7 at 11:16 of the third quarter.

New Town was within 22-15 with 4:09 to play after Dexter Edwards' 21-yard scoring pass to Roland Riviere and Tyrone McCaffity's two-point conversion run. But Brown's fifth and sixth interceptions of the season with 1:46 and 23 seconds left ended New Town's last drives.

"It came down to special teams - the safety and the onsides kicks," said Macer, who had two interceptions. "We kept giving them too many options to score."

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

Havre de Grace 6 2 7 7 - 22

New Town 7 0 0 8 - 15

HdG-Appold 4 run (kick failed) NT-Macer 16 run (McCrae kick) HdG-Safety HdG-Brown 39 pass from Appold (Crowe kick) HdG -Strong 16 run (Crowe kick) NT-Riviere 21 pass from Edwards (McCaffity run)

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