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Eagle effort not enough in loss

October 17, 1998

By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Desperation.

It can be the ingredient that powers a winning team, or the poison that sends a faltering team into oblivion. You can bet the Allegany Campers are hoping to incorporate desperation into every football game if the outcome can be the same.

In a game that saw both teams rely on desperate measures, it was the Campers who finally prevailed in a double-overtime win, outlasting the Hedgesville Eagles, 27-21.

For the Eagles, the struggle continues to find the formula that will put them over the top in games they play well enough to win, but somehow seem to fall short in the end.

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On Friday night, the Eagles' defense played extremely well in situations where they had to stuff the potent Camper ground game, but could not overcome fullback Dave Aydelotte's 32 carries for 143 yards.

And when it counted most, it was seldom used tailback Adam Schmitt who broke off right end for the winning touchdown, dashing the Eagles' hopes of an upset of one of Maryland's top high school teams.

"They did exactly what we asked them," interim head coach Dave Lopez said. "We talked before the game and agreed that we needed to play hard and leave it all on the field. We did that and more. I am proud of them."

During the first half, the Campers would mount a 17-play drive that netted nothing, as the Eagles tightened up on defense.

"We played tough tonight," Lopez said. "When we had to come through, we did."

The tide turned quickly in the second half following a Camper fumble on the first play from scrimmage. Moats would cap a 43-yard Eagle drive for the go-ahead score. Unfortunately for Hedgesville, the momentum would soon return to Allegany.

And it came when the Eagles felt they may have all but wrapped it up.

With 5:40 to go in the game, the Eagle defense came up big, stopping the Campers on fourth down. But, on the next play, Brian Iames intercepted an underthrown pass and the Campers were in business.

"If we had it to do over, we would still throw that pass. It was a great call - it just did not work out," Lopez said.

The Campers managed to knot the game to send it to overtime, where the teams exchanged scores before Schmitt's winning run.

"I am at a loss for words," Lopez said. "We left everything on that field."

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