Football: HdG loses to Perryville, 48-7, in regional semifinal

November 12, 2011

In the second week of the regular football season, Perryville scored the first 28 points en route to a 34-14 win over Havre de Grace.

On Friday night, the Panthers scored the first 41, all in the first half, in a 48-7 win over the visiting Warriors in a Class 1A East region semifinal. The Panthers (11-0) will host the Snow Hill/Cambridge-South Dorchester winner next Friday at 7 p.m. for the region title.

Perryville wasted no time in putting Friday's game out of reach of the struggling Warriors, who end the year on a five-game losing skid to finish at 4-7.

The Panthers scored on the game's opening possession. Ethan Griffin took a shovel pass from quarterback Gabe Sherrod 36 yards into the end zone for a 6-0 lead.

Five minutes later, Eddie Escobar raced 22 yards for the score and a 12-0 lead.

Things went from bad to worse for Havre de Grace in the next minute as a fumbled ball bounced right into the hands of Griffin, who cruised 42 yards for the defensive score. Escobar ran for the two-point conversion, the first successful conversion by the Panthers for a 20-0 lead with 3:31 to play in the first quarter.

A second Warrior fumble, recovered by Perryville's David Doring, started the next Panther drive, a quick one that saw Griffin scoot 62 yards down the far sideline for his third score of the half.

Joe Peaker added the conversion by run and then got into the touchdown scoring act on an 18-yard run.

Cameron Doe, one of the few bright spots for Havre de Grace, intercepted the conversion pass to keep the score at 34-0.

A fake punt by Havre de Grace set up the Panthers final first half score. Peaker sacked Lavell McCullers for a 14-yard loss and three plays later raced 31 yards up the middle for his second touchdown. Jacob Morgan's kick made it 41-0.

The Panthers were looking for more in the final seconds of the half, but Sherrod was tackled at the Warriors 4-yard line as time expired.

With mostly back-ups on the field, Perryville scored its last points early in the fourth quarter on quarterback Cam Cunningham's one-yard sneak and Morgan's extra point.

Havre de Grace avoided the shutout when Terrell Boothe caught a eight-yard touchdown pass from McCullers. Jordan Stewart added the extra point kick and then delivered a onside kick, recovered by teammate Woody Hower with a little more than a minute to play.

The game ended on a 20-yard pass from McCullers to Brian Cameron.

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