Wildcat football sweeps summer competition circuitPublished 9:51am Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Edgewood Academy ended its 7-on-7 summer circuit with a perfect record Tuesday morning.
Competing in Huntingdon College’s annual two-day 7-on-7 tournament, the Wildcats defeated Straughn 35-6 in the championship game to take down the crown.
After the first day that included a loss to Straughn, Edgewood head coach Bobby Carr said he liked his group’s resiliency during Tuesday’s matchups.
“I saw a lot more urgency today. I thought our kids played the way we usually play when they come over here,” Carr said. “They responded and played extremely well today. I thought the quarterback and receivers were on the same page and our defense played pretty well for the most part.”
EA running back and Vanderbilt University verbal commit Josh Crawford said that he and his teammates wanted redemption after Monday’s loss.
“We lost to Straughn by a couple of points, which is really not us,” Crawford said. “That was on us heavy for real because nobody at Edgewood likes to loss, period. So we just bounced back today.”
In the 35-6 title game victory, new EA quarterback Ryan Bottoms hurled five touchdown passes to three different receivers. While the new transfer was more synced up with his targets, there were still teaching moments during the tournament, Carr said.
“I’m going to stay on him because I’m pushing him to be the best player. I put pressure on our quarterbacks in practice because I want it easy on them in the game,” Carr said. “He did a great job, he responded well and getting better every time he comes out here.”
Crawford acknowledged Carr is riding Bottoms hard, but said that’s to be expected because the quarterback is the leader of the team. Going into his senior year, the running back said he’s looking to sharpen his game while enjoying his final season at EA.
“It’s my last year, I just want to have fun. We seniors, we’ve been together and here for a while,” Crawford said. “I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun this year.”
Entering the first day of fall practice tomorrow with a 45-game win streak and four-straight championships, Carr said he likes where his team is.
“They show up everyday and their attitude is they want to get better. We’ve got a lot on the line,” Carr said. “The bar is raised extremely high and our kids know what the expectations are when they come here.”