Eagles football longs to soar again

Team has been shut out since its opening win

Notebook

October 15, 2006|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN REPORTER

It has been just four weeks since Brad Spence and his Aberdeen football team were celebrating his winning debut as coach of the Eagles.

Now, those happy moments seem like distant memories. Aberdeen has not only lost four straight but it also hasn't scored a point since that opening-game, 6-0 victory over North East of Cecil County.

Aberdeen has been outscored, 67-6, and Spence, 26, is wondering where the good times went.

"We keep shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties, and we're young," Spence said of his 1-4 squad. "We're playing four sophomores and 15 juniors."

Four straight shutouts is enough to discourage any coach, and Spence said he has to stay positive.

"I believe our defense can shut people out," Spence said. "We're holding some really, really good offenses to low numbers of points [13.4 points allowed a game]. What's hurting us is the inability to just break through and score. We're playing a field position game, and we're not moving the ball, and we're putting our defense in bad situations."

Spence said he has players who could score touchdowns on natural ability when they were on JV last season. Now, he said, those players are going against varsity players with equal athletic skills.

Spence is hoping to follow the path of Joe Harbert, who also was 26 when he took over the football team in 2000 and won a state title in 2003, his fourth year on the job. Harbert left the football team to become an assistant principal at Aberdeen. Spence had been Harbert's assistant for three seasons.

"If the same lightning strikes for me, I'll be 30 when I win my state championship," Spence said.

Strong showing

The Edgewood offense had an impressive performance in Monday's 46-21 rout of Fallston. The Rams compiled 494 yards of total offense and scored seven touchdowns against the previously undefeated Cougars.

Edgewood's defense was dominant in the first quarter, holding Fallston to one first down and 22 yards of total offense. The Rams finished with 202 yards in the quarter, had a 14-0 lead and scored on the first play of the second quarter.

After Fallston cut the lead to 27-21 after three quarters, Edgewood answered again. The Rams scored 19 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and held Fallston to one first down and 15 yards. Manny Washington finished the night with five touchdowns, Quentin Bell had one and quarterback James Scharf threw for another.

Still perfect

The Havre de Grace volleyball team continued its winning ways last week, sweeping Bohemia Manor and Aberdeen to improve to 8-0 in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference.

Those sweeps gave the Warriors a comfortable lead over second-place North Harford (4-1) in the Susquehanna Division.

Girls soccer jam

The Chesapeake Division in girls soccer also features a battle between some Harford County schools. As of last Wednesday, C. Milton Wright (2-0-1 conference), Bel Air (2-0-2) and North Harford (1-0-1) were fighting for the division's top spot. However, all three teams had games postponed by rain and then moved back.

C. Milton Wright will play North East-Cecil on Oct. 23, and North Harford meets Aberdeen and Fallston faces Bel Air on Thursday.bfree7066@hotmail.com

Jeff Seidel contributed to this article.

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