It’s not uncommon to see a football score of 35-8. Some would call it somewhat of a beating.

What is it called when that is the score after just one quarter of play? No. 9 North Harford did that Friday evening en route to a 57-8 decision over Edgewood in an UCBAC non-divisional match.

“They played well,” Hawks’ coach Ken Brinkman said. “Last week, we started a little slow against Rising Sun; fourth quarter turning it on.  We challenged [our players] this week by coming out and making practice harder.  They did a great job and it showed in the first half by the way we played.”

The Hawks wasted no time getting on the board, scoring on the second play of the game with a 50-yard run up the middle by senior
quarterback Cody Turner. After North Harford recovered the ensuing kickoff, it broke the goal line again with Turner scoring on a
seven-yard option.

After an interception from North Harford’s senior Nate Brockmeyer on the ensuing Edgewood drive, the Hawks needed just two plays to score again with a 49-yard dash by senior Brandon Bayer. Turner and Bayer teamed up with two minutes left in the quarter on a 77-yard pitch and catch with Bayer standing alone in the end zone.

Turner (123 yards), playing just the first half, finished the first quarter with three rushing touchdowns and one passing. He had another rushing touchdown in the second quarter.

“Our blocking was great, the offensive line was great,” Turner explained. “We just ran our holes and did what we had to do out there.”

Bayer had 113 yards rushing in the first half, and Ben Kenley scored on a 50-yard run in the second quarter as North Harford led, 50-8, at intermission. The second half was played with a running clock.

The Hawks’ defense got in on the fun, producing four sacks and an interception each from seniors Phil Hemling and Brockmeyer. Edgewood managed just 26 yards rushing in the first 24 minutes.

“We flowed fast, shut the holes and made our reads by the guards and receivers,” Bayer said.

Junior backup quarterback Ryan Stinar ended the scoring with a fourth quarter touchdown for North Harford. Edgewood’s only came by way of a 73-yard hook-up from senior quarterback Seth Higgin (5 of 13, 113 yards, 2 INTs) to senior wideout Tyrell Peterson in the first quarter. 

The Rams look to break into the win column against Harford Tech Friday, while North Harford hosts Aberdeen. The Hawks have outscored their opponents, 123-29, in the first three games.

“We just need to remain focused, and we told them here at the end we have to keep making practice difficult,” Brinkman said.  “The harder we make practice during the week, the more success we can have on Friday nights. They bought into it this week, and we are going to keep fighting for it.”

North Harford 57, Edgewood 8

North Harford    35   15   0   7-57
Edgewood           8     0   0   0- 8

First Quarter
NH-Turner 50 run (Lenane kick)

NH-Turner 7 run (kick failed)

NH-Bayer 49 run (Kenley run)

EDG-Peterson 73 pass from Higgin (Higgin run) 

NH-Bayer 77 pass from Turner (Lenane kick)

NH-Turner 28 run (Lenane kick) 

Second Quarter
NH- Turner 19 run (Kenley run) 

NH- Kenley 50 run (Lenane kick)

Fourth Quarter
NH-Stinar 11 run (Lenane kick)