Joppatowne, Goffigan get carried away, 28-18

His 267 yards on 47 tries too much for Aberdeen

Football

October 22, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Excuse Joppatowne's D'Angelo Goffigan for walking gingerly today: You'd walk that way too if you'd had the kind of football game he had last night at Aberdeen.

The second-team All-Metro running back rushed for 267 yards and three touchdowns on a whopping 47 carries in a 28-18 Harford County League victory.

The 12th-ranked Mariners (6-1 overall, 3-1 league) moved into a first-place tie with Edgewood (5-2, 3-1). The teams meet Friday night at Edgewood.

Goffigan's effort was six carries shy of the single-game record established by Gilman's Malcolm Ruff in 2000. And it came behind a line of Eric Peach (6 feet 2, 235 pounds), Chris Robinson (6-3, 275), Alex Kalambihis (6-4, 255), Keinan Hammond (6-0, 245) and Travis Bennett (6-5, 280).

Goffigan's 47 carries tied Damascus' Kevin Flynn (2000) and North Hagerstown's Dwight Lewis (1992) for second all time.

"We knew our line was big up front, and they couldn't handle them," said Goffigan, who had only four carries for 10 yards or more, with a long of 17 yards. "I just ran hard. My legs feel fine right now, but I'll feel it tomorrow."

The 5-11, 180-pound Goffigan gained 150 yards and scored twice in the first half alone. His first touchdown came from a yard out with 4:13 left in the first quarter. The score was set up by Brian Selby's fumble recovery.

The Eagles (4-2, 2-2) were within 8-6 after DeJan Brown's 45-yard run with 2:54 left in the first quarter. But Goffigan made it 14-6 on a 4-yard run that ended a nine-play, 77-yard drive 11:25 before the intermission. He then returned an interception 26 yards to the Aberdeen 5, setting up Selby's 1-yard run for a 20-6 lead.

Brown, a receiver who had to replace injured quarterback Erin Henderson (ankle sprain), scored from 2 yards to make it 20-12. But the tireless Goffigan stretched the lead to 28-12 on a 5-yard carry, ending a 14-play, 65-yard drive with 6:18 to play.

Jeremiah Barnes' 25-yard scoring run brought Aberdeen within 28-18, but a long drive by the Mariners ran out the clock.

Several Joppatowne players came up big defensively. Kalambihis blocked a kick. Jeremy Navarre had two sacks, with one each by Robinson and Peach. Brent Cash had two interceptions. Josh Lovejoy recovered a fumble. Ezra Ankrom caused a fumble and broke up a pass.

"It was important to set the tempo. They were going to have to go through us," said Robinson, a second-team All-Metro pick for last year's Class 2A state runner-up squad.

Aberdeen coach Joe Harbert said Henderson could return for Friday's game against Bel Air.

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