Wildcats survive AHSAA testPublished 4:57pm Thursday, July 11, 2013
MONTGOMERY — Edgewood Academy rebounded from a first-game loss to Wetumpka to run the table and win the Faulkner University-hosted 7-on-7 camp Thursday.
“We didn’t play well during the first game at all,” said Bobby Carr, coach of the Wildcats. “But we’re a young team and we saw Wetumpka get off the bus with 70-plus players. We dropped five or six passes. And they whipped us pretty good.”
But the Wildcats – defending AISA Champs – found their footing and started taking it to the AHSAA squads.
“The biggest thing is us getting to compete,” said Carr. “What we do in these 7-on-7s, it’s our offense. That’s what we run during the fall.”
The Wildcats defeated Trinity and St. James in back-to-back outings.
“Defensively, we go out there and work on reading the different zones and getting better at what we do,” said Carr.
Edgewood’s ride continued with a win over Holtville and then a 21-18 victory over Elmore County.
The Panthers held on to knock off Wetumpka in the semifinals.
“I wanted to play Wetumpka again,” said Carr. “Most of these teams were running an offense and a defense: Two separate units. We were running kids both ways all day and I’m impressed with the way they kept fighting.”
In the championship. the one-loss Wildcats went head-to-head with unbeaten Shaw (Columbus).
Edgewood defeated the Alabama visitors 29-2.
“Out of all the things we did today, that’s what impressed me the most,” said Carr. “We didn’t let them score. Our team grew up today and that’s what we needed to do.”
While the defense made their mark, the offense found the balance between an experienced backfield and rookie wideouts.
“I thought Daniel Green and Jackson Tate, my sophomore and freshman, played extremely well today,” said Carr. “We already know what Josh Crawford (running back) and Taylor Hawthorne (running back)
are capable of doing. This was a chance for them to shine.”
Hawthorne threw touchdown passes to Crawford, Green, Tate and Heath Young throughout the day. And he even caught one on a Crawford toss against St. James.
“He’s looking really good,” said Carr. “He’s played one game at Edgewood, at quarterback, and he just got offered by Middle Tennessee to come up there and play quarterback next year. He’ll get a few more offers before he’s done.”