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.
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.
Tech is 7-0
In Susquehanna Division play, Harford Tech (3-0, 7-0) stayed unbeaten with its 52-25 win at Bo Manor (2-2, 3-4).
Cobras quarterback Ryan Hunt had another big night, throwing for over 200 yards and four touchdowns in the win. Hunt completed 11-of-21 passes for 259 yards and also threw his first interception of the season.
Laday Cooper was the big and main target, hauling in four passes for 135 yards and three scores.
Bel Air (3-1, 3-3) beat visiting C. Milton Wright (1-3, 3-4), 21-14, in a Chesapeake game of rivals.
Ted Zaborowski ran for two scores in the win. Zaborowski (four carries, 90 yards) ran 16 yards for one score and 18 yards for the other from his tight end position.
Hunter Hruz (17 carries, 128 yards) added the Bobcats other points with a 33-yard touchdown run.
Noah Alexander and Sincere Montgomery had an interception each for the Bobcats defense.
Austin Hess led the Bobcats defense with 15 total tackles, while Stephan Thompson and Stanford Ricketts had 13 tackles apiece.
Warriors drop Cougars
Havre de Grace (3-1, 6-1) celebrated homecoming with an 43-13 win over Fallston (0-4, 0-6), in Chesapeake play.
Warriors quarterback Alex Gresock led the win, running for three touchdowns and passing for two more. Gresock ran for 122 yards on six carries and completed 13-of-17 passes for 245 yards.
Jordan White (six catches, 105 yards) caught on of the scoring passes and he also returned a punt 78 yards for more points.
Tommy Meehan had two catches for 62 yards and the other Warriors score through the air.
Warriors kicker Chandler Russo was good on a 38-yard field goal and he also made 3-of-4 extra-point kicks. Nate Brown also kicked 1-of-2 extra-point tries.
Fallston quarterback Colin Akins was 10-for-23 for 171 yards and a score, but he was intercepted four times. Alex Baily had two catches for 67 yards and the touchdown. Akins ran 33 yards on six touches and the Cougars other touchdown.
On defense for Havre de Grace, White had two interceptions, while Josh Mergler (six tackles) and Jaylen Day had one interception each.
Jesse Fenner had seven tackles and Joe Martin had six.
Hawks blanked in Elkton
In Chesapeake action played Thursday, North Harford (1-3, 2-5) fell at Elkton (2-2, 5-2), 35-0.
Bobby Duffy ran 21 times for 41 yards and Sam MacAtee added 12 carries for 47 yards. Quarterback Jacob Preston was 2-for-6 for 28 yards.
Leading tacklers for the Hawks were Duffy with six, while Robby Richardson and Noah Dehart had five tackles apiece.
Mariners pounded by Tigers
In Susquehanna play, Joppatowne (1-3, 1-6) lost at Rising Sun (3-0, 4-3), 47-6.
Jaylen Jones (nine carries, 91 yards) ran 35 yards for the Mariners lone points. Jones also went 3-for-6 passing for 23 yards and two interceptions.
Shyeim Taylor added nine carries for 65 yards.
Leading the Mariners defense were WIlliam Harris, (17 total tackles); Jamaal Chase (13 tackles); Zyshon Butler (14 tackles); Antoine Billinger-Bey (12 tackles); and Jones (15 tackles).
Panthers top Huskies
Also in Susquehanna play, Patterson Mill (0-4, 0-6) lost at Perryville (2-1, 4-3), 50-32.
Huskies quarterback Nathan Vujanic passed for four touchdowns and ran for another, but the Panthers were just, too much.
Vujanic was 12-for-25 passing for 266 yards and one interception. Christian Blackwell (four catches, 125 yards) and Christian Pross (six catches, 111 yards) caught two touchdowns apiece.
Vujanic added 74 yards and the other score on 11 carries.
Patriots back in win column
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.
The Patriots rolled up 568 yards of offense, including 525 on the ground to get the win.
Chimzi Chuku led the way with a record setting, personal best. He ran for 294 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries.
Roman Hemby added 165 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, while quarterback Will Gianelli added 65 yards and a score on eight carries,
Gianelli (6-for-10, 43 yards) also passed 10 yards to Austin Brinkman (three catches, 20 yards) for another score.