Hammond faced a fourth-and-1 on its own 18. Bell decided to go for it rather than punt. The Golden Bears were successful on QB sneaks in the game but struggled with their previous punts.
“Honestly, I couldn’t have talked the kids out of it,” Bell said. “All 11 guys said they wanted to go for it. I will always trust our kids.”
Grinwis got the yard needed, but Reservoir head coach Bryan Cole was unhappy during and after the game that the officiating crew did not measure the spot.
“They never put the link on the chain to know where to reset it and check it,” Cole said. “That’s why they didn’t measure it. That was a key part of the game.
“Do we end up winning? I don’t know. But in that situation at the end of the game, to not be able to get a measurement because nobody put the chain on, it’s not nice when you’re away.”
Hammond punted later on the drive, but a Brown pass, which was deflected into the air, was intercepted by Nowlin.
“We play together as a team and fight for each other,” Nowlin said of the Golden Bears defense. “No one is better than us on defense, and we play for each other. Everybody has each other’s back.”
Both teams are back in action next week. Hammond plays at Marriotts Ridge, while Reservoir travels to Atholton.
No. 9 Franklin 37, Towson 8: Vernon Brown completed 9 of 13 passes for 261 yards and five touchdowns to lead the visiting Indians (5-1) over the Generals (3-3). Towson scored in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard touchdown run by Damon Moore and a two-point conversion by Dezmon Meyers. Von Reames Jr. had two carries for 37 yards and made two receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns for Towson, which hosts Perry Hall 7 p.m. on Friday.
Archbishop Curley 28, Boys’ Latin 0: The visiting Friars (5-2, 3-2 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference) ended a two-game losing streak by beating the Lakers (2-3, 2-3). No. 6 Loyola Blakefield 3, Broadneck 2, 2OT: Evan Onate had two goals and Kwaku Marfo-Sarbeng had a goal as the host Dons (7-3-2) outlasted the Bruins (7-5). Loyola outshot Broadneck, 12-7, and had 10 corners to their four.
The Bruins led 1-0 in the first half. Chesapeake-AA 4, Meade 0: Christian Angel had a hat trick and Jose De Nardo scored the final goal as the visiting Cougars (4-4) beat the Mustangs (7-4).
Ethan Belcher made seven saves in the shutout for Chesapeake.
Bel Air 6, Elkton 1: Dan Tridone had a goal and three assists to lead the host Bobcats (9-3) over the Golden Elks (5-5).
Bel Air led 3-0 in the first half.
No. 3 McDonogh 3, Strongsville (Ohio) 2: The Eagles (10-1) broke a 2-2 halftime tie in the second half and beat the Mustangs (12-2-2) at St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) McDonogh faces the host Friars today at noon.
Mount Hebron 3, Wilde Lake 0: Ainsley Sowers made nine saves and Maddie Hammond had a goal and an assist to lead the host Vikings (7-4-1) over the Wildecats (6-4).
Mount Hebron led 1-0 in the first half. Fallston 4, Edgewood 1: Marissa Shatzer had two goals and Gabby Boyd had two assists to lead the host Cougars (8-1) over the Rams (5-4).
Fallston led 2-0 in the first half.