Joe Gordon rushed for 123 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns and a two-point conversion to lead No. 13 Aberdeen (2-1, 1-1) to a 21-12 win over host and eighth-ranked Edgewood (2-1, 1-1) in a Harford County League game last night.
"This was a challenge for us, and we were up to it," said Gordon. "We know we are the best in the county, and that loss [14-13, last week to C.M. Wright] really motivated us."
The win was especially satisfying for Aberdeen quarterback Steve Davis, who was called for taunting his opponent after Aberdeen scored a touchdown to cut C.M. Wright's lead to 14-13 last week. The penalty moved the conversion try to the 17-yard line from the 2.
Davis said: "It was on my mind. I thought about quitting after last week's game, but that wasn't the way. I feel better now, though."
Aberdeen took the lead on its second possession. The Eagles took over at their 43, and Davis wasted little time exploiting a hole in the Edgewood line for a 45-yard gain to the Edgewood 12 on first down. Three plays later, Gordon scored from the 9 to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead after Tory Gasdia's extra point with 48 seconds left in the first quarter.
Edgewood took the kickoff at its own 38 and put together an eight-play drive to cut the margin to 7-6. The Rams faced a fourth-and-13 from the Aberdeen 23, but Eric Santana made an acrobatic catch of a pass from Keith Kimmel in the corner of the end zone to cut the margin.
Edgewood got the ball first in the second half, but a Rams fumble on the Edgewood 37 was recovered by Gordon, and a 21-yard gain on third down three plays later put the ball on the 10. Gordon took it in from there for his second touchdown of the evening with 9 minutes, 35 seconds left in the quarter to give Aberdeen a 13-6 lead.