JOPPATOWNE -- Edgewood quarterback Keith Kimmel threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Chris Gibbons with 43 seconds remaining to stave off an upset by Route-40 rival Joppatowne, 27-26, last night.
The victory kept alive the No. 12 Rams' slim hopes for a Class 2A playoff berth and gave them third place in the Harford County League with an 8-2 record overall. Joppatowne finished the season at 7-3 (5-3 league).
Edgewood's go-ahead score came after the Rams, trailing 26-20, got the ball on downs at their 45 with 2 minutes remaining. Kimmel rolled left for what was to be a down and out pattern by Gibbons, who turned down the field and found himself wide-open.
The touchdown pass was an unlikely salvation for Kimmel, who completed only one of his first five passes. He also threw one interception before finding his passing range near the end of the first half.
With 1:16 remaining in the first half, Kimmel threw a 40-yard pass to Gibbons, who caught it full stride at the 25 and scored. The 66-yard play put the Rams ahead, 14-6, at halftime.
Joppatowne tied the game four plays into the second half after Mike Taylor went through the left side of the line and ran 50 yards untouched to score. Quarterback Damon Davies raced into the corner of the end zone on a rollout to score the two-point conversion and make it 14-14.
Taylor was the workhorse of the Mariner offense. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior carried the ball 34 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns. He carried the ball on almost every Mariners play in the third quarter.
Edgewood's Lawrence Worthington broke free on a 63-yard run with 4:49 to go in the third period to put the Rams ahead, 20-14. Worthington was Edgewood's leading rusher, carrying 10 times for 135 yards.
Taylor tied the game 5 seconds into the final quarter when he scored on an 11-yard run. Joppatowne went for two points on the conversion but the run was stopped short, leaving the score 20-20.
The Mariners took the lead for the first time, 26-20, when Vernon Wingfield sprinted 33 yards through the right side of the line to score with 4:50 remaining. A Joppatowne upset seemed assured on the next series when Wingfield intercepted a Kimmel pass at the 45 and returned it to the Edgewood 33. The Edgewood defense held on fourth downs and set the stage for the game-winner.