Fallston’s quarterback, Grant Kelly, is “making moves.”
The 5-foot-10, 150-pound junior has been tearing up the football fields this 2010 season, and was a major part of the Cougars’ 27-7 win over the Edgewood Rams, Friday evening.
Coming off a more than 300 yard passing night last Friday in the win over North East, 35-0, Kelly used his arm to travel another 250 yards for the Cougars (2-0 overall), this time with two touchdowns to trample the Rams (1-1).
Helping build a 13-0 lead at the half, the Cougars scored on their very first possession with a diving reception in the back of the
endzone by junior Ryan Umpleby, and then drove 92 yards, 52 of them in the air, to score with a 28-yard touchdown catch from senior Chris Cooper, both coming by Kelly passes.
“We do a real good job of preparing every week, and this year we have a lot more depth at receiving,” Kelly explained. “We have a good game plan every week and know what the defense is doing before they even come out here.”
But the Cougars would not be the team they are without their ground game, which was responsible for another two scores.
Less than five minutes into the second half, Fallston’s senior Andrew Thrasher broke the goalline on a 10-yard dive, capping an 11-play drive that covered nearly 75 yards, and saw a two-point conversion pitch and catch from Kelly to senior Justin Sommer for the 20-0 lead.
Just one Edgewood punt later, it was Marc Badger, Fallston’s sophomore running back, who put his name on the stats sheet, using second effort burst to finish his 11-yard touchdown run, benefiting from a 25-yard run he had earlier in the four-play drive.
Badger was Fallston’s leading rusher of the night, totaling 71 yards, while Thrasher, senior Zimmie Nwaigwe and others helped rack-up 153 yards on the ground.
“I thought we played really inspiring defense,” said Fallston head coach Dave Cesky. “Our offense moved the ball well, we had a great day throwing the ball and just had them scrambling.”
The Cougars’ defense was able to limit Edgewood to just 49 yards in the air and forced one first-half interception by senior Rob Randall.
“This week, we just wanted to stop the sweep and shut down the trap,” Randall said. “We did it pretty well, kept the shutout for three
quarters and let up one, but we’ll take it.”
The Rams played with heart for the entire time, and senior quarterback Seth Higgin governed a 70-yard scoring drive, rushing for 59 yards himself to post the only Ram points of the game with an eight-yard scurry.
“He has done everything in the off-season that a kid can do,” Rams’ head coach Fred Myers said of Higgin. “I have been coaching for almost 40 years now, and he has been one of the brightest stars I have ever seen.
He decided last year, in a terrible season where he took a hell of a beating, that he was going to change things. He has changed the
attitude here and he was determined to get that score. I think with his leadership we will have a good season.”
Higgin, 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds is currently being looked at by Towson University, among other local schools.
Not all was lost for the Rams, whose offense totaled 225 yards on the ground, and defense forced two late fumbles in the game that led to Cougar turnovers with a Marcel Bradley blocked field goal.
“[Higgin] has had nights in the past where he threw balls that were on the money and people just kept dropping them,” Myers said. “Tonight was one of those nights.”
Edgewood, who held on to a 36-30 win over Aberdeen in week one, will next travel to No. 12 North Harford, Friday, and Fallston will host Rising Sun.
“One of the things we are going to have to do defensively is tackle and make [them] go the distance,” Myers said. “Offensively, we have speed, and if we are able to keep the ball away from them and run the clock down, we will be successful.”
According to Cesky, the Cougars have to “stay disciplined” both mentally and physically if they want to continue in their winning
pattern, and “practicing hard each week while preparing, that is the key to this team.”
Fallston 27, Edgewood 7
Fallston 7 6 14 0 27
Edgewood 0 0 0 7 7
Fall- Umpleby 11 pass from Kelly (Eichelberger kick), 5:06
Fall- Cooper 28 pass from Kelly (kick failed), 2:16
Fall- Thrasher 10 run (Sommer 3 pass from Kelly), 7:29
Fall- Badger 11 run (kick failed), 4:54
Edg- Higgin 8 run (Griffen kick), 1:31