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The North Harford Hawks football team handed the undefeated Aberdeen Eagles their first loss of the season Friday night, 38-12, while the Fallston Cougars kept their record unblemished with a 28-7 win over Havre de Grace.
With the victory, North Harford improved to 4-1 on the year, while Aberdeen fell to 4-1.
After Aberdeen's first possession ended with a punt, the Hawks needed just three plays to put points on the board. On a third-and-six play at midfield, North Harford running back Eric Bayer snapped off a 50-yard touchdown sprint.
The Hawks got possession back immediately, recovering an onside kick, but the ensuing drive ended with a turnover on downs.
North Harford got the ball back again, this time on an Aberdeen fumble. After a 10-play, 38-yard drive and facing fourth and three on the Eagles' 12, the Hawks called on placekicker Chris King, who nailed a 29-yard attempt to put his team up 10-0.
The Eagles stopped the Hawks on their next possession on a fourth down play at the goal line.
Starting deep in their own territory after the stop, the Eagles got some help on a defensive pass interference call on the drive's first play. After moving to their own 28 on five plays, Eagles quarterback Kenny Faulcon tossed a hitch pass to receiver Chavez Cheatham, who sprinted the remaining 72 yards for Aberdeen's first touchdown.
The Eagles were stopped on their two-point attempt, leaving the score 10-6.
Starting from the Aberdeen 41 after a fine kick return, North Harford moved into the red zone with a 25-yard run from Josh Welsh, then scored when Ryan Stinar hit Nick Tittle with a 16-yard touchdown pass. King's extra point was good, giving North Harford a 17-6 edge, which the Hawks took into the locker room at half-time.
During on its opening drive of the third quarter, North Harford was forced to punt for the first time, but managed to pin Aberdeen in its own end zone. Four plays later, while Aberdeen was punting, the North Harford special teams unit blocked the kick, and there to fall on the ball in the end zone for a defensive touchdown was the Hawks' Trevor Atkinson. North Harford went up 24-6 when King hit another extra-point.
On the first play of their final possession of the third quarter, the Hawks scored again when Stinar ran into the end zone with a long scramble. King's point-after attempt went through, putting North Harford up 31-6.
Aberdeen's final touchdown of the evening came early in the fourth quarter, when Faulcon connected with Cheatham again, this time on a 68-yard scoring pass. Aberdeen was stopped again on the two-point play, leaving the Eagles behind, 31-12.
North Harford answered on its ensuing possession, with Stinar scoring from inside the Aberdeen 30 on a bootleg play. King capped the final touchdown with an extra-point kick, which put the score at 38-12.
Fallston over Havre de Grace
Playing at home on Friday, the Fallston Cougars dropped the Havre de Grace Warriors, 28-7.
The win put the unbeaten Cougars at 5-0 on the year, while the Warriors are 3-2.
Leading the way for Fallston was Chris Rose, who caught three touchdown passes and ran up more than 100 receiving yards.
John Hetterman threw for two touchdowns and scored on an eight-yard scramble, while Ryan Umpleby tossed one touchdown pass.
Bel Air drops Joppatowne
The Bel Air Bobcats improved to 2-3 for the year Friday with a 36-16 road victory over the Joppatowne Mariners.
With the loss, Joppatowne fell to 3-2 overall.
Kashawn Graham was Joppatowne's top rusher with 108 yards on eight carries, while teammate Jamil Lee posted 82 yards on 15 carries.
Khalil Jones led Joppatowne with 12 tackles.
Edgewood gets first victory
In Friday's battle of the winless squads, Edgewood stomped the visiting Harford Tech Cobras, 42-6.
With the victory, the Rams moved to 1-4, while Harford Tech fell to 0-5.
Lavar Shannon was the driving force behind Edgewood's victory, running for 286 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries.
Huskies maul Eagles
The Patterson Mill Huskies improved to 4-1 on the season Friday night with a 33-6 win over the visiting Bo Manor Eagles.
Quarterback Luke DePasquale was 10-for-16 passing with 182 yards and four touchdowns in the victory.
Mike Reed caught three passes for 101 yards and one touchdown, while Justin Palmer picked up 73 receiving yards on five catches, two of which went for touchdowns. Josh Wilson caught a three-yard touchdown pass, while Deonte Alston ran for 125 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries.
Chad Hall led the Huskies with eight tackles.