Crimson Tide Get Big Win Over Eagles
By: Brian Burkhart Prep Reporter Twitter: @BrianESPN
Edgerton Crimson Tide football coach Mike Gregory admitted the Jefferson Eagles dominated his team in the first half of the Rock Valley North showdown Friday night at Jefferson High School. Somehow though the Crimson Tide owned a one-point halftime despite being outgained by more than 100 yards and running only 13 plays in the first half. The Crimson Tide (3-0; 4-1) never relinquished its lead from there and after the final whistle blew celebrated a hard-fought 28-13 victory over the Eagles (2-1; 4-1).
Ben Hudrik’s 65-yard kickoff return late in the first half proved to be the key to the Crimson Tide’s eventual victory, which gave them the outright lead in the Rock Valley North standings. “The kickoff return was the momentum-changer in the game,” said Gregory. “Jefferson dominated us in the first half, but it was huge for us to go into the half with the lead.”
The Eagles did dominate the first half though; Garret Blaeske’s 4-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter capped a 15-play scoring driving drive that put the Eagles up 7-0. After Crimson Tide’s Ricky Williams answered with a 65-yard touchdown run tiptoeing down the sidelines, the Eagles regained the lead behind a Blaeske 5-yard touchdown run with 37.9 seconds remaining.
It was after this that it all fell apart for Jefferson. On the ensuing kickoff, Hudrik picked up a squib kick at the 35 and weaved through the Eagle’s kickoff coverage almost untouched for a score to put them up 14-13 with 28 seconds left before half.
It was all Crimson Tide after that point and they certainly proved their coach correct in the second half against the Eagles. Quarterback Brooks Johnson didn’t throw much Friday night but got the Crimson Tide going in the third with a 36-yard touchdown pass to Adam Converse. This score now put them up 21-13 but they weren’t done there.
Williams then finished off the Eagles with a 11-yard touchdown run in the fourth to put his team up 28-13 and cement the final score. Williams finished the game with 21 carries for 243 yards to help his Crimson Tide spoil the Eagles Homecoming.
The Crimson Tide finally got their chance to celebrate beating a team that has ruled the conference. Jefferson will play their next game at Evansville and Edgerton will host East Troy on Friday.
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