Easton gets off to fast start, holds off Joppatowne, 21-7

November 14, 1992|By Bill Blewett | Bill Blewett,Contributing Writer

Easton scored three first-quarter touchdowns then held on to beat host Joppatowne, 21-7, in a Class 1A playoff game last night.

Running backs J. P. Morgan and Leroy Moaney led the first-quarter outburst by Easton. Morgan, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound sophomore, gained 85 yards on seven carries in the first quarter and scored on a 33-yard run. He finished with 157 yards rushing.

Moaney, a 146-pound junior, ran for 75 yards in the first period and scored the Warriors' third touchdown on a 46-yard run at the end of the first quarter. He rushed for 121 yards before leaving the game with an injuryin the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, the Easton defense shut down Joppatowne's running game, holding the hosts to just 12 yards rushing in the first half. Chad Gary, who gained more than 1,000 yards in the season, managed only three yards in the first half.

Joppatowne went to the air to score its lone touchdown. Quarterback Darnell Everett moved the Mariners 38 yards on three passes, then threw 9 yards for the score to Rodney Briscoe to tie it at 7. Gary set up the scoring drive with a 47-yard kickoff return.

Easton came back just 2:47 later to score its second touchdown, and 47 seconds later, its third. It started to look like a rout.

But Easton lost it momentum when the Joppatowne mounted a goal-line stand near the end of the first half when it stopped the Warriors four times from the 3-yard line.

Joppatowne's got its running game untracked in the second half, as Gary carried 15 times for 89 yards, including a 47-yard run with 6 minutes left.

The win raised Easton's record to 10-1 and dropped the Mariners 7-4 and gave them their quickest exit in four trips to the playoffs.

Easton .. .21 0 0 0 -- 21

Joppatowne .7 0 0 0 -- 7

E -- Blue 1 run (Moore kick)

J -- Briscoe 9 pass from Everett (Shape kick)

E -- Morgan 33 run (Moore kick)

E -- Moaney 46 run (Moore kick)

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