a 23-7 loss to the Warriors at home. Havre de Grace went onto win seven regular-season games and capture the 1A East Region Championship, before falling in the 1A State title game in Baltimore. Meanwhile, Perryville missed out on the playoffs for a second consecutive season and suffered its first losing record under head coach Chris Johnson.
This year, it will be the Panthers who will make the trip across the river with revenge on their minds.
Rising Sun at Elkton Friday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. Not only did Rising Sun surprise the high school football world a season ago by winning six games after not winning single one the year before, but it nearly shocked eventual Susquehanna Division champion Elkton in the process.
A week after topping Bohemia Manor for its first win in more than a year, the Tigers nearly upended the 3-1 Golden Elks, who needed a late touchdown to pull away from their upset-minded rivals.
Leading by five, Elkton’s Travon Downs exploded for a 39-yard touchdown to seal the win in the third quarter. One of the game’s
highlights came just before halftime when Rising Sun sacked the quarterback in the end zone for a safety to cut the defect to 14-9.
It proved to be noteworthy as the Elks finished the regular season having outscored the remainder of their Susquehanna Division opponents 251-19.
Bohemia Manor at North East
Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. A pair of longtime coaches stepped down in the offseason as Bohemia Manor’s Todd Shives and North East’s Bill Russell departed after 25 combined years at their respective schools. The result is a new era as the Eagles tabbed of- fensive coordinator Joe Graf and the Indians hired Red Lion Christian coach Chris Schleich to take over the programs.
Both new coaches will go head to head on Halloween weekend when North East hosts Bo Manor in a late-season showdown.
The Indians, who finished without a win a year ago, will be hoping for a few victories under their belt when this game arrives, while the Eagles will be setting their sights on a fifth straight trip to the postseason.
Rising Sun at Perryville Friday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. Last year’s matchup between Rising Sun and Perryville resulted in post-game fireworks after the Panthers accused the Tigers of running up the score in an eventual 38-8 final. While it’s a new season, the late-game dramatics will not likely be forgotten when Rising Sun makes the trip to Perryville.
In addition to being an everimportant Susquehanna Division contest in the final week of the season, the Panthers will take to the gridiron hoping to leave their mark after the Tigers surprised by winning six games a year go.
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