|Another nail biter for the Wildcats|
|Written by News Desk|
|Tuesday, 08 October 2013 15:26|
Heath Young (13) dumps a Coosa ball carrier without assistance.
Photo: Anita Barnes
BY ART PARKER
Winning their 38th game in a row may have been the toughest assignment the Edgewood Wildcats ever had. But at the final buzzer Edgewood took another region game and for the second week in a row it was by a 3 point margin as the Wildcats defeated a very good Coosa Valley team 38-35.
"They are a very big team and they pounded us and pounded us. So many of our key players are out, especially Hawthorne. At one time we had an eighth grader and 3 freshmen on the field on defense," said Wildcats head coach Bobby Carr. "I was so proud of them. They stood real tall."
Edgewood quarterback Taylor Hawthorne was lost in last week's game with Autauga Academy. The news about Hawthorne is now a little different than before. Originally it was believed that Hawthorne was lost for the entire season, but after further diagnosis Hawthorne is expected to be ready by the time the playoffs roll around. Since Hawthorne has been out star running back Josh Crawford has become the signal caller and he wore Hawthorne's Number 7 on Friday in honor of the team's injured leader.
For the most part it was a game of trading punches. Edgewood would score and then Coosa would score.
For Edgewood Josh Crawford connected with Daniel Green twice on long passes of 67 and 73 yards. Crawford also threw An 85 yard touchdown pass to Heath Young. Crawford scored on runs of 2 and 9 yards, the last rushing touchdown proved to be the game winner.
And for the second consecutive week the difference in the game was the foot of Alex Dettmar, who booted a 31 yard field goal in the first half.
The Wildcats kept coming back after being behind on the scoreboard, and especially late in the game when all the marbles were on the line. The Wildcats were down at the half 28-24 and with 4 minutes remaining they were down 35-31.
After taking the lead late the Wildcats had to face a determined Coosa team that was driving as the clock was melting away. On fourth down and 4 yards to go at the Wildcats 40 yard line Keith Johnson made a big stop that forced Coosa to turn the ball over on downs. Johnson, one of several injured Wildcats, was not expected to play. Johnson played mostly in the second half and bothered Carr to the point where the coach gave in and sent him in. Johnson made 7 tackles in his short tenure on the field. "Keith is an example of the heart of this team. He is an example of what type of character this team has. All year long they have had to do things different than other teams. They have been forced to come from behind in several games or hang on by a slim lead in others. We have not been in that position in a few seasons, but our guys just refuse to break," Carr explained. "The ability to overcome adversity is more important than having talent. The will to win is the strongest force in sports. And this team, as young as it is, seems to have that."
The walking wounded Wildcats (7-0) will be on the road for the last time in the regular season next week as they go to Luverne to play Crenshaw Academy (2-4) in a region game.
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