Wildcats earn stripes in spring gamePublished 7:01pm Tuesday, May 20, 2014
When opportunity knocked, the Edgewood Academy football team answered in its hosted three-team spring jamboree at Charles P. Storrs Field Friday.
The Wildcats jumped out early and went on to defeat the AISA Class AAA state champion Monroe Academy 20-8. EA eked out its second contest against Class AAA runner-up Bessemer Academy 30-26, barring a flare for the dramatic with six college football coaches on-hand.
“We only had five days of practice and two days of defensive work,” Edgewood head coach Bobby Carr said. “Considering we didn’t have a whole lot of time, I thought our kids played extremely well. They had a huge goalline stand against Bessemer. We were leading with eight seconds to go, they had the ball on the 2-yard-line. We stuffed their quarterback, caused him to fumble and we recovered it.
“I thought our kids played Edgewood-brand of football. We were down 20-8 to Bessemer in the second quarter and came back to beat them.”
Carr’s defense caused three turnovers, including another inside-the-20 versus Monroe. The coach lauded rising seniors Jesse Benton for his tackles-for-loss and Keith Johnson, who had a “number of tackles.” Rising senior David Cayton relived his big moment from this past year’s state championship game and had a interception return for a touchdown against Bessemer, which Carr credited for sparking the team.
Offensively, Vanderbilt commit and rising senior Josh Crawford split time at quarterback and running back, accounting for five total touchdowns.
“Josh did a great job being our leader,” Carr said. “Whether it was running the ball or throwing it, he took charge of the offense. He did everything we asked him to do.”
Three of Crawford’s five scores went through the air, two to rising sophomore Jackson Tate and one to rising junior Daniel Green.
Matching up with state championship-caliber teams, Carr said, allowed him and his coaching staff to pinpoint areas where the team needs work.
“As far as the offensive line goes, we got to eat a lot of meat and potatoes and get stronger,” Carr said. “Our linebacker play could get a lot better.
“But the biggest thing is, there were a lot more bright spots than negative ones. We had six college coaches there, and that’s always a good sign, especially for private school football. I think it says a lot about the three programs that were there, who are the top three year-in, year-out in the AISA.”