Indians’ two-game win streak snapped by undefeated Cobras
NORTH EAST — The North East football team entered Friday’s battle against visiting third- ranked Harford Tech riding high after winning its last two games.
The Indians were stymied throughout by the undefeated, and well-rounded, Cobras, who refused to let North East sustain momentum en route to a 28-6 Susquehanna Division loss.
“We moved the ball at times, but that’s a good football team. They’re a very good football team. They run their stack blitz well, and they disguise it. That makes it hard for offensive linemen,” Indians head coach Chris Schleich said. “Sometimes, that just happens. I’m proud of the way my team played. I felt like it was a back-and-forth fight.”
North East (2-4 overall, 2-1 division) turned the ball over twice in its first three possessions, and Harford Tech (6-0, 2-0) made the Indians pay after the second turnover, as Laday Cooper caught a Ryan Hunt pass for a 60-yard touchdown. The extrapoint gave the Cobras a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
On the ensuing possession, North East moved the ball into Harford Tech territory, but a three-and-out ended the drive without any points.
“We have to learn to come out offensively. We [were] slow against Joppatowne, slow against Patterson Mill, and we have to learn to come out offensive firing quicker,” Schleich said. “That’s an Achilles heel that we have to improve on down the stretch.”
The Cobras responded with another scoring drive as they covered 59 yards on eight plays, ending the march with a 13-yard touchdown run by Jeremiah Dangerfield that made it 14-0 with 9:59 left in the second quarter.
The Indians made it a one-touchdown game on the second play of their next possession when Taylor Danglad raced his way for a 45-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter.
Harford Tech increased its lead to 21-6 with less than two minutes left in the half when Jeremiah Minter scored on an 8-yard run, set up by a blocked punt the play prior.
The Cobras later put the game out of reach in the third quarter when Hunt scored on a quarterback sneak.
While the loss snapped the Indians’ two-game winning streak, the school remains in strong position in the Susquehanna Division with four games remaining.
“I said we wanted to be in the thick of things going down the stretch in the division, and we are. We can battle Bo Manor, Rising Sun, Perryville, and for us, we can end up with a winning record, maybe second place, maybe these guys [Harford Tech] lose. We’re accomplishing the goals that we set. If we keep working and fighting hard, good things are going to come,” Schleich said. “Tonight wasn’t a let down. I wish we would have won, but we lost to a very athletic, hard-hitting, good football team. Respect is given to them.”