Edgewood rolls past Aberdeen on gridiron behind TD runs by Banks cousins

Randy McRoberts
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The Banks cousins, Deonte and Antwain, were on display again Friday night, leading the Edgewood Rams (4-0, 6-1) to an 38-8 UCBAC Chesapeake Division victory over host Aberdeen (2-2, 3-4).

The pair, both seniors combined for more than 300 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Deonte Banks (nine carries, 159 yards) ripped off a pair of second quarter touchdowns and now has over 1,000 rushing yards through seven games.

Antwain Banks (10 carries, 172 yards), the Rams quarterback, opened the scoring with a one-yard sneak in the first quarter, the first of his three scoring runs.

Deonte Banks added the next score just just seconds into the second quarter. He raced 58 yards for the score, breaking through the line and moving left toward the end zone. “Honestly, I just find a hole and my line does a great job blocking,” Deonte said. “Once I find the hole, I’m just gone. I’ve got so much explosion when I go through.”

It was just six minutes later and Deonte Banks was at it again. Following an Aberdeen offsides that moved the ball to midfield, Deonte Banks add his second touchdown run. In almost identical fashion, he got through the line, broke left, and raced untouched to the end zone for 50 yards.

”Both of the touchdowns, they were like in the middle and then I broke to the sideline,” Deonte Banks said. “They contained us for a little minute, but then we changed up, the line started blocking better and we got the job done.”

Aberdeen was in the scoring zone after Tony Wright recovered an Edgewood fumbled punt, but Aberdeen’s Tommy Fisher fumbled the ball back to the Rams on first down.

Rams quarterback Antwain Banks then took over. With time running out in the half, Banks threw 58-yard ‘Hail Mary’ pass and connected with Monzel Ware for a touchdown.

The Rams opened the second half with more points. Antwain Banks ran 30 yards and dove into the end zone with 10:14 left in the third quarter.

It was Antwain Banks final touchdown that was just spectacular. The Rams defense kept the Eagles out of the end zone, but it gave the Rams possession at their own three-yard line.

No problem for Antwain Banks.

Banks took the snap, rolled left and then ran like a bullet down the left sideline on an 97-yard keeper.

“First of all, credit goes to the coaches, it was a great play call because they would never see it coming,” Banks said. “I faked the jet, I tucked and run and I looked. I see one guy, he over-pursued, so I made one cut and once I got to the outside, I was gone. There was too, much speed on the outside.”

The two Banks claim Donte called the touchdown run, saying “Antwain was going to take it 90.”

Edgewood’s Coach Charles Johnson knows how special the Banks kids are. “Them Banks boys are special, without a doubt, I’d rather have them on my team then going up against them, for sure,” Johnson said. “They are two great kids, they work hard in practice and you see the in a game game and stuff like that. We’re definitely going to miss those Banks boys next year for sure.”

Aberdeen ended the Rams' shutout bid midway through the final quarter. Quarterback Silas Jenkins ran nine yards for the score and then passed to Chris Nieves for the two-point conversion.

Others scores

In other Chesapeake action, North Harford (1-3, 2-5) fell at Elkton (2-2, 5-2), 35-0, Thursday night; Bel Air (3-1, 3-3) beat visiting C. Milton Wright (1-3, 3-4), 21-14; and Havre de Grace (3-1, 6-1) celebrated homecoming with an 43-13 win over Fallston (0-4, 0-6).

In Susquehanna Division play, Harford Tech (3-0, 7-0) stayed unbeaten with its 52-25 win at Bo Manor (2-2, 3-4); Joppatowne (1-3, 1-6) lost at Rising Sun (3-0, 4-3), 47-6; and Patterson Mill (0-4, 0-6) lost at Perryville (2-1, 4-3), 50-32.

In MIAA B Conference play, John Carroll (1-3, 4-3) snapped a three-game skid with its first conference win. The Patriots beat visiting Severn, 40-28.

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