No. 11 Aberdeen slides to 26-0 victory Gilliam leads Eagles over Fallston in the mud

November 04, 1995|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Fallston's postseason hopes went slip-sliding away last night when visiting No. 11 Aberdeen proved the better "mudder" and rolled to a 26-0 Harford County League victory.

With a season-ending win against Edgewood next week, Aberdeen (7-2, 5-1) will almost assuredly make the state 2A playoffs.

The Fallston field was a mess to start with, then it progressively worsened when a steady rain began falling late in the first half.

Other Cougar teams had been forced to play on the football team's domain this week after an adjoining field had been damaged.

But the conditions didn't bother Eagle running back Dondre Gilliam, who scored three touchdowns and never succumbed to the slippery going.

"It was real bad, but we played on a worse field at North Harford this year," said Gilliam. "You have to work with what you've got."

Gilliam had two of his touchdowns before the game was seven minutes old.

He capped a 72-yard, eight-play drive that opening the game with a 4-yard score on a sweep, then reeled off a 73-yard touchdown run the next time Aberdeen touched the ball.

hTC "We hit them early before the field started to break up. That was a key," said Eagle coach Kevin Reilly.

Fallston (6-3, 4-3) twice held the Eagles inside its 25 to prevent the game from becoming a runaway, but couldn't manage any offensive thrust.

The Cougars had only one first down in the first half.

A slew of penalties against Aberdeen enabled Fallston to reach the Eagle 21 after the second half kickoff, but no points evolved from the drive.

Then, Gilliam put it away with a 71-yard punt return down the right sideline after Fallston stalled again on its next possession.

"I guess we just have mud feet," he said.

After the game, the players piled atop Reilly and left him a muddy mess after a win that kept Aberdeen alive in the county title race.

It was a tough loss for a Cougar team that leads the county in

rushing offense, but couldn't get anything going in the slop and couldn't stop Gilliam without Jerry Rahll and Mike Levy, two of its key players who suffered broken legs a week earlier.

Fallston's only other penetration of the Eagle 25 ended with an interception two plays before the game ended.

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