Havre de Grace wins, 31-14, ad­vances

Flosser throws for 2 TDs, rushes for 1 as War­riors lead Ed­mond­son through­out

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY FOOTBALL - By Randy McRoberts

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.

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