SHANNON – Aberdeen’s offense looked potentially explosive and senior quarterback Josh Williams looked every bit a fourth-year starter in a 42-19 win at Shannon to kick off the 2014 season.
Williams made plays with his feet and arm all night, accounting for five touchdowns. Senior receiver Parish Cratic made a leaping touchdown as Williams scrambled free. Junior B.J. Williams shook off a would-be tackler in a 54-yard touchdown run. Senior Tyreke Gates had a shifty touchdown run. Senior Damian Curry held his concentration to make a catch in a rush of traffic. Eight players had at least one carry or one catch.
And junior touted receiver Jerrick Orr is still out after appendix surgery.
On a third-and-22, Aberdeen fumbled the ball near its own 10-yard line, but Tramonte Prather scooped it up and got all 22 yards he needed. That was after Williams went to the bench after a hard tackle early in the fourth.
Here is Mark Bray talking about defensive adjustments and the win.
Shannon coach Darryl Carter watched his team miss early chances, then saw Aberdeen pull away with back-to-back scoring drives in the third quarter.
Senior Cameron Montgomery had a touchdown catch of 34 and a run of 32 yards.
Here is Carter.