By Brandon Speck
SHANNON – The stickier the humidity got, the better Aberdeen looked Friday in a 42-19 win to kick off the season at muggy Shannon.
Shannon was throwing over Aberdeen’s head in the first half. Cameron Montgomery had a 34-yard touchdown catch from Jaylen Pounds and had another touchdown called back. Another of Pounds’ passes was dropped. Every time, receivers were a good 10 yards ahead of the defense.
“The kids were biting on double routes and double moves,” Aberdeen coach Mark Bray said. “We just preached to them about do what we’ve taught you to do. Came back the second half and it worked a lot better.”
Missing junior defensive back Jerrick Orr for a few weeks (appendix) doesn’t help, but leading 22-12 at the break, the Bulldogs scored on three consecutive possessions in the second half, a 3-yard run from quarterback Josh Williams, Parish Cratic’s 25-yard catch and Tramonte Prather’s 21-yard run.
Montgomery scored two touchdowns for Shannon and Josh Agnew added a late 23-yard run.
Tyreke Gates and B.J. Williams caught touchdown passes in the first half for Aberdeen.
Turning Point: Two of them. With Shannon at the Aberdeen 18 late in the half and down 10, Shavez McMillian had a sack, then Prather broke up a fourth-down pass with 4 seconds left. Aberdeen marched 65 yards to open the second half and scored on Williams’ 3-yard run for a 29-12 lead.
Point Man: Aberdeen quarterback Josh Williams threw for 178 yards and three touchdowns on 9-of-12 passing. He left the game after a hard tackle early in the fourth quarter, but not before rushing for 75 yards on 19 carries and scoring two more times.
Talking Point: “Nothing new,” Shannon coach Darryl Carter said. “We knew the quarterback was pretty good. At the end of the day, we just didn’t get it done.”
• The teams had four straight TD drives in the second quarter.
• Aberdeen took up more than 7 minutes with two possession of the third quarter, a Josh Williams touchdown run and a touchdown pass to Cratic, thrown from the 35 as he evaded pressure.
• On B.J. Williams’ touchdown catch, he was wrapped up by Shannon’s Kenneth Bell, but somehow shook him off.