Visiting Hammond snapped a 30-game winning streak for No. 5 River Hill, winning 47-38.
Golden Bears quarterback Tyler Martin completed 31 of 41 passes for 441 yards and six touchdowns. DeAndre House caught six passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns.
Hammond (5-2, 5-2 Howard) capitalized on River Hill’s turnovers and rallied from a two-touchdown deficit at halftime.
“We finished plays, finished drives and just stood together,” Hammond Coach Justin Carey said.
Golden Bears wideout Lolando Hamilton hauled in two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.
River Hill (6-1, 6-1) hadn’t allowed more than eight points in a game all season. Yet on Friday it watched Hammond score two first-quarter touchdowns.
House held off a late rally with an interception in the last minute.
The Panthers scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to avoid the upset from the visiting Chargers. Patuxent gave up 20 points in the first half, but held the Chargers (5-2, 5-2 SMAC) to just 40 yards in the second half.
Junior quarterback Tyler Crounse scored the go-ahead touchdown from four yards with four minutes remaining in the game. The winning drive started on an interception from defensive back Daniel Caputo at the Lackey 38-yard line.
“We were sputtering at times and they did a great job of stopping us,” Coach Steve Crounse said.
The comeback started with a safety at the beginning of the third quarter to bring the Panthers (7-0, 6-0) within 10. Eric Chaconas opened the fourth with a 35-yard field goal and Rafiq Douglas tied the game with a 15-yard touchdown run on a counter play with six minutes left.
“Those guys and the defensive line did a good job of giving pressure in the second half,” Crounse said. “We were able to force them out of their comfort zone and into some bad plays, like they were able to do with us in the first half.”