Times Staff Reporter
The Edgewood junior high football team came to face off against the North Clay Knights on Wednesday evening. The seventh-grade won their game in a tight, defensive slugfest, 6-0. However, the eighth-graders weren't so lucky, losing 28-12.
The seventh-graders' defense played outstanding, pitching a shutout to an aggressive Edgewood team.
The Knights' only score came off an Edgewood mistake. With two minutes left in second quarter, the Colts' faced a fourth down inside the shadow of their own end zone. As the Edgewood punter attempted to receive the long snap, he quickly realized the play wouldn't go as planned as the ball flew over his head and into the end zone.
North Clay players quickly scrambled to recover the ball. Knight Brandon Rader was able to pick up the ball in Edgewood's end zone for the touchdown.
Poor shotgun snapping would continue to plague Edgewood for the remainder of the game.
In the second half, North Clay had another opportunity to score as quarterback Tucker Stewart fired up a long bomb to receiver Liam Jones. The ball was slightly underthrown, but Jones made a fantastic play on the ball, leaping up to make the catch at the ball's highest point. The Knights were unable to produce points out of the great play.
The remainder of the game was a story of two great defenses, which coach John Russell praised. "The defense played really well. Just heads-up defense," Russell said. "Both defensive ends, Gavin Johnson and Brandon Rader, had a great game."
With forty seconds left in the half, Colt receiver Blair Borruf caught a long pass down the right side of the field and cut back across the left side for more yards before getting tackled. Edgewood was able to capitalize on the play, scoring off a quick run.
Edgewood extended their lead early in the third quarter to 12-6 with a touchdown catch by Nic Brown.
Halfway through the third quarter, an Edgewood player took the handoff going toward the left. Finding little room, he cut back to the right and found empty field in front of him. He sprinted all the way down for the score.
After the two-point conversion failed, North Clay had to score quickly to get some momentum. Hyde took a handoff on Edgewood's 30-yard line and made a couple of moves to scamper into the end zone.
The Colts' received the ball late in the fourth quarter needing to just run out the clock with about six minutes left, leading 20-12. Edgewood did better than just run out the clock. They ran the ball all the way for a 60-yard touchdown.
Even though North Clay lost, coach Zach Sanabria praised both Zach Hyde and Brock Dickenson for their performances on Wednesday.
North Clay will travel to West Vigo on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.