Goffigan, Joppatowne stay perfect

Football

High Schools

October 06, 2001|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Last night was homecoming for Joppatowne, and D'Angelo Goffigan made sure he had something to put in his scrapbook.

The speedy tailback took advantage of a dominating offensive line to rush for 152 yards on 16 carries, and lead Joppatowne to a 34-14 victory over North Harford in a Harford County league game.

"We watched some film on them, and our coaches did an excellent job of scouting them," Goffigan said. "They told us to keep the ball on the ground and grind it out, and that's what we did."

The win puts Joppatowne (5-0, 2-0 league) in the driver's set in the Harford County race. The Mariners are the only undefeated team left in the county.

"It's our goal to go undefeated," Goffigan said. "We'll just keep playing hard and see what happens at the end."

The Mariners got on the board late in the first quarter. Dalys Talley's 1-yard keeper ended a 64-yard, 10-play drive and gave Joppatowne a 7-0 lead with 1:08 left in the quarter.

After stopping the Hawks (3-2, 1-1), Joppatowne got the ball back at its 6-yard line. Goffigan gained 35 yards in an 11-play, 94-yard drive to increase the lead. The drive was capped by Doug Green's 4-yard run with 5:26 left in the half to make the score 14-0.

The Mariners widened the lead in the middle of the third quarter when Talley hit receiver George Smith on a fade in the left front corner of the end zone to run the lead to 20-0 with 8:20 left.

North Harford got on the board with 16 seconds left in the quarter when Chris Kidd exploited a hole in the middle of the Joppatowne defensive line and ran 53 yards untouched into the end zone. That cut the lead to 20-6, but the Hawks could get no closer.

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