Havre de Grace wins, 31-14, advances
Flosser throws for 2 TDs, rushes for 1 as Warriors lead Edmondson throughout
Havre de Grace is headed back to the Class 1A state football championship game.
The Warriors scored in all phases of the game en route to a 31-14 win over visiting Edmondson in a state semifinal Friday night at James R. Harris Stadium.
Senior quarterback Mike Flosser threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for one to lead Havre de Grace (10-2) into the title game for the second straight year and ninth time overall.
As was the case in last week’s region title win, the kicking game got the scoring started. Clay Harris kicked a 30-yard field goal to cap the Warriors’ opening drive. His 13th field goal of the season tied the state single-season record.
Flosser’s first touchdown pass came just seconds into the second quarter, an 18-yard throw to a diving Christian Penrow in the far corner of the end zone.
Flosser then connected with Jordan Day for another18-yard scoring pass. After Harris added the extra point, Havre de Grace had a 17-0 lead with 9:50 left in the half.
The Red Storm (6-7) finally found some offense, and it came on a big play on fourth-and-4 from their 26. Quarterback Teon Gardner hit Deshawn Ruffin with a short pass to the sideline. Ruffin turned it into a 74-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown.
Gardner threw to Roland Green for the 2-point conversion, cutting the deficit to17-8.
The Red Storm rallied in the final minute of the half and appeared to have more points — twice — but two touchdown passes were erased by consecutive procedure penalties. Senior defensive back Kenny Sumpter ended the threat with the first of his two interceptions. Sumpter intercepted the ball at the goal line and returned it 44 yards as time expired.
Edmondson seemed to still have momentum as the second half got underway, but Sumpter struck again.
He grabbed a tipped pass and ran 65 yards to the end zone.