Joppatowne blanks No. 15 Aberdeen, 27-0

Mariners lose Preston, but defense dominates

Football

High Schools

October 23, 2004|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Despite losing its starting quarterback in the first quarter, No. 11 Joppatowne had little trouble eliminating the suspense from a long-awaited battle between two Harford County state champions.

Joe Ivory ran for 147 yards and scored two touchdowns, and Jeremy Navarre led a stingy defense that shut down No. 15 Aberdeen as the visiting Mariners rolled to a surprisingly easy 27-0 victory last night.

Quarterback Anthony Preston keys the Mariners' option offense. But Preston left the game with a bruised right shoulder late in the first quarter, and coach Bill Waibel held him out while letting backup Antoine Brown take over for the defending Class 1A state champions.

Waibel felt confident that his defense could continue to slow Aberdeen (6-2), the defending Class 2A state champion. The Mariners (7-1) did just that and held the Eagles to 94 yards of total offense, led by Maryland-bound Navarre's 15 tackles, three sacks and one fumble recovery.

"We just try to be perfect," Navarre said.

Spencer Washington, David Miller, Ray Lough and John Hardesty anchored a defensive line that was part of a scheme where Joppatowne consistently put eight men on the line and slowed Aberdeen.

Joppatowne turned to Ivory after Preston's injury. Preston ran for a 10-yard touchdown on the team's first drive before getting injured later in the period when falling on the shoulder.

A poor snap on an Aberdeen punt rolled out of the end zone and made it 9-0 in the second period before Joppatowne broke it open in the second half. A 9-yard punt gave the Mariners the ball at the Aberdeen 16, and Ivory ran for the touchdown on the first play to make it 15-0.

Two plays later, Ezra Ancrum returned an interception for a 54-yard touchdown with 1:17 left in the third period. Ivory closed the scoring with a 26-yard fourth-quarter touchdown.

"The quarterback went down, and I had to pick it up," Ivory said. "I just had to step it up."

Aberdeen coach Joe Harbert shook his head when talking about how the Joppatowne defensive line controlled the game.

"They had it all bottled up," Harbert said. "They controlled the line of scrimmage, and they did a good job."

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