|Wounded Wildcats leave no doubt|
|Written by News Desk|
|Wednesday, 23 October 2013 07:03|
Future Edgewood stars took to the field in the second half of the EMCA game. Sophomore quarterback Christian Smith (10) hands off to freshman running back Maurice Young.
Photo: Todd Self
By ART PARKER
It was not what most people thought it would be. East Memorial Christian Academy (EMCA) was planning on playing the role of spoiler. After all, a tired, young, inexperienced, and most importantly, injured Edgewood Academy team was ripe for the pickings'. Edgewood experienced great difficulty and had close calls in its last three games and looked sluggish in addition to being plagued with injuries. But it didn't take long for Edgewood to turn the thoughts of many into nothing more than an illusion. The walking wounded Wildcats of Edgewood collected their 40th consecutive victory with a 52-14 win over EMCA. Edgewood led at the half 52-0 and sat its wounded first team in the second half. They deserved it after putting on the show in the first 24 minutes of Friday's game.
The Edgewood offense scored. The Edgewood defense scored. The Edgewood special teams scored. And while all of this was going on EMCA could only muster a total of 21 yards of offense in the first half. “We keep starting slow. It’s like we wait a couple of laps before we get into the race,” EMCA coach Brad Porter said afterwards. Still, the 14 points scored in the second half by EMCA against mainly the Edgewood freshman was hardly noticeable after being devastated in the first half. The Edgewood offense totaled 283 yards in the first half, an extraordinary amount considering the few snaps taken. Place kicker holder Garrett Gibson rolled out after a fake field goal attempt and connected with Heath Young for the first Edgewood touchdown. After a Keith Johnson interception Josh Crawford completed a 45 yard TD pass to Jackson Tate. Crawford scored from 9 yards out after the offense was set up when Gibson recovered a fumble on the EMCA 45 yard line. Alex Dettmar booted a 32 yard field goal and on the last play of the first half Crawford hit David Caton with a pass for a 57 yard touchdown. At various points during the offensive show Caton blocked a punt, which was returned 30 yards for a touchdown by Jesse Benton; Daniel Green picked off a pass, ran all over creation and eventually hit the EMCA end zone after a 39 yard return; Tate returned a punt 71 yards, completely untouched, for a touchdown. “It was the best half of football by an Edgewood team in a long time. Our kids prepared well and they showed their character. We are healing and our young players are gaining experience. After tonight, I feel we may be getting our second wind,” Edgewood coach Bobby Carr said. Sean O’Brien scored for EMCA with a 39 yard run late in the third quarter. Midway in the fourth quarter Hunter Buce scored the second EMCA touchdown. Edgewood is now 9-0 on the season, has won 40 consecutive games and won its region championship. Next week they will face Ft. Dale, a top rival of the Wildcats. The game is meaningless as far as playoff consideration since Ft. Dale is a AAA school and Edgewood is AA. The teams will battle each other at Edgewood next Friday night.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 08:51|
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