Harford Tech runs past Bel Air for piece of first in UCBAC football behind Mendez brothers’ 5 TDs


Harford Tech’s Kevin Mendez (left) looks upfield as teammate Nathan Goeller (15) fends off Bel Air defensive linemen William Entner during Thursday’s UCBAC football contest. Mendez scored two touchdowns as the Cobras defeated the Bobcats, 42-18, in Harford County. (photo – Paul Strang)

by Demetrius Dillard

Special to VSN

Off the football field, twins Kelvin and Kevin Mendez are somewhat polar opposites. It’s a different story, however, on the gridiron.

The brothers have been equally dominant for Harford Tech High, and Thursday evening, the seniors led the Cobras to a 42-18 victory over Bel Air in an UCBAC Chesapeake contest in Harford County.

Kelvin totaled 246 yards rushing and three touchdowns, and Kevin added a rushing and receiving for Harford Tech. Parker Milton tossed a pair of touchdowns.

The Cobras scored the game’s first 28 points, improving to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in Chesapeake play. Harford Tech is tied for first with Edgewood and Elkton (both 3-1).

“Our guys are focused this year, we got a product this year that’s working well and we put a great game plan in and it seemed to work out pretty well for us,” Harford Tech coach Timothy Palmer said.

The Cobras bashed Bel Air at the point of attack as Kelvin Mendez eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in just his fifth game.

Mendez tipped his hat to his sturdy offensive line, led by AJ Baldwin, William Friend, Jacob Walker, Zachary Rives and John Mbuthia.

“I was amazed, shocked, happy, glad. A thousand yards is a big accomplishment,” Kelvin said of the milestone.

“I truly believe we have the best offensive line in the state, they showed out today and [Kelvin] will get the flowers from it,” said Palmer.

Kevin Mendez got Harford Tech going Thursday, hauling in Milton’s pass for a 36-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. Kelvin’s first scoring play of the night was an 8-yard scamper to the end zone just before intermission.

The twins kept the momentum after halftime. Kelvin, 5-foot-8, ran 25 yards on five carries before Kevin capped the opening drive with a 27-yard run up the middle for another score. Kevin added an interception in the third.

Bel Air (3-4, 2-2 Chesapeake) finally cracked the scoreboard early in the fourth on Nathan Burrow’s 6-yard touchdown run, set up by Jeffrey Hess’ 54-yard kickoff return. The Bobcats got another special team score as Tre Dennis returned a kick 90 yards.

“We’re a little banged up, a little undersized in some positions. I thought we played with some heart,” said Bel Air coach Eric Siegel. “Harford Tech’s a heck of a football team, lots of credit to them. No. 33 (Kelvin Mendez) is a heck of a back…their offensive line is great.”

Kevin Mendez (left) twin brother Kelvin had a huge night for Harford Tech Thursday. Kelvin rushed for 246 yards and three touchdowns, and Kevin had a rushing and receiving touchdowns as the Cobras improved to 6-1 on the season.

Palmer was miffed about his squad’s special teams effort in the fourth, but, overall, is pleased with the Cobras’ progression. Harford Tech has not lost on the field with a forfeit to Edgewood as its lone blemish.

 

“We have a strong bond with everyone on the team, and we try to keep pushing forward day by day,” said Kevin Mendez.

 

Harford Tech 42, Bel Air 18

Harford Tech 0 14 14 14 — 42

Bel Air 0 0 0 18 — 18

Second quarter

Harford Tech – Kevin Mendez 36 pass from Parker Milton (Milton kick)

Harford Tech – Kelvin Mendez 8 run (Milton kick)

Third quarter

Harford Tech – Kevin Mendez 27 run (Milton kick)

Harford Tech – Kelvin Mendez 8 run (Milton kick)

Fourth quarter

Bel Air – Nathan Furrow 6 run (kick failed)

Harford Tech – Kelvin Mendez 5 run (Milton kick)

Bel Air – Tre Dennis 90 kickoff return (pass failed)

Harford Tech – Junior Aderomilehin 13 pass from Milton (Milton kick)

Bel Air – Ashton Grewe 2 run (pass failed)