Aberdeen tops Edgewood, 26-22

Henderson passes for 131, rushes for 108 to lead Eagles to win over Rams

Football

High schools

October 11, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Aberdeen quarterback Erin Henderson knew a loss to Edgewood last night might end his team's shot at a Harford County championship.

He knew a win over another Class 2A East rival would help his team's state playoff chances.

And then came his biggest motivation: He didn't want his team to lose to its biggest rival.

Henderson certainly did his part, as did Carl Stokes, whose 10-yard touchdown run with 8:33 to play gave Aberdeen a 26-22 victory over Edgewood at Eagles Stadium.

Aberdeen is now 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the county. Edgewood slipped to 3-2 and 1-2.

"Every time you're out here, it is big and you have to step up, but this one was humongous for us," said Henderson, with blood streaming off his nose.

Henderson, a Maryland-bound senior who was playing in front of his older brother E.J., whose Minnesota Vikings have a bye tomorrow, was 7-for-13 for 131 yards. He also rushed 18 times for 108 yards and a touchdown.

His 13-yard touchdown run with 2:02 to play in the third quarter gave Aberdeen a 20-14 lead.

But perhaps his biggest carry was a 55-yarder, when he broke five tackles along the sideline on his way to the Edgewood 10. That set up Stokes' 10-yard touchdown run.

"I wanted the end zone so bad, but I just ran out of energy," Henderson said.

Said Edgewood coach Fred Myers: "That play broke our backs. He is all the press clippings say he is, and he's a good kid, too."

Bidding for the go-ahead touchdown, the Rams, relying on senior tailback Ike Wright, who rushed 22 times for 188 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown that had given the Rams a 22-20 lead, reeled off a nine-play drive to Aberdeen's 24.

But it ended when quarterback J.J. Jackson overthrew Ben Cottingham in the end zone on fourth-and-seven and the Eagles ran out the clock from there.

"You put the ball in your player's hands and let him make plays," Aberdeen coach Joe Harbert said of Henderson.

"I was trying to be too smart for my own good in the first half, so we went back to running the spread offense, and they didn't adjust the way we thought they would. We really needed a game like this."

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