No. 7 Oakland Mills jolts Aberdeen, 27-6, in opener

September 09, 1995|By Steve Kivinski | Steve Kivinski,Contributing Writer

There wasn't much to cheer about last night at Aberdeen High.

Playing on the same field that was transformed into an outdoor theater for locals to watch hometown hero Cal Ripken Jr., in his record-tying and record-breaking games earlier this week, visiting and No. 7 Oakland Mills silenced the crowd by downing the No. 10 Eagles, 27-6, in a penalty-riddled nonleague season opener for both teams.

Junior running back Fardan Carter led the Scorpions, racking up yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Oakland Mills quarterback Irving Conwell didn't have one of his more impressive nights but he made up for two interceptions by completing nine of 13 for 133 yards.

"We made a lot of mistakes, but basically I thought we played pretty well for an opener," said Carter, an All-Howard County performer last season.

"Last year Aberdeen had a good team and we figured they would have a lot of people coming back but if we didn't make the mental mistakes we did, we could have been up by 28 points at the half."

The defending Howard County champions got inside the Eagles' 20-yard line twice in the first quarter but came away empty both times thanks to an interception by Eric Henderson and a fumble recovery by Al Johnson at the 5.

The Scorpions took advantage of a defensive holding penalty and went ahead 7-0 after a 6-yard run by Conwell.

It didn't take Aberdeen long to narrow the margin as senior Dondra Gilliam returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown. On the return, Gilliam eluded a would-be tackler with a move near the sideline and never looked back.

Oakland Mills, which saw its season a year ago end with a playoff loss to Fort Hill, upped the halftime margin to eight points when Carter broke three tackles and scampered 39 yards for the score.

Oakland Mills took advantage of good field position and more penalties in the second half.

Conwell capped a three-play, 39-yard scoring drive with a 5-yard touchdown run and T.J. Smith added the extra point from 35 yards away after a personal foul against Oakland Mills.

Brian Howard closed out the scoring with 39 seconds left with a 1-yard run for a touchdown.

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