Edgerton cruises past Whitewater
EDGERTON—Mike Gregory said sooner or later his Edgerton High football team would stop playing undefeated teams.
The Crimson Tide met its third straight unbeaten opponent Friday night and came away with an impressive 41-6 Rock Valley North Conference win over Whitewater.
Unfortunately for Gregory, the streak of unbeatens continues next Friday when Edgerton (3-1, 2-0) travels to unbeaten Jefferson (4-0, 2-0).
“We didn't even mention Jefferson until after tonight's game,” Gregory said. “I wanted our kids focused on Whitewater and trying to beat them.”
Gregory's team got his message loud and clear. The Crimson Tide steamrolled the Whippets (3-1, 1-1) from the opening drive. Edgerton scored early and often, starting with Lucas Gregory's 5-yard touchdown run that capped off the Tide's opening drive. Ricky Williams, who finished with 172 yards rushing on the night, scampered 43 yards on the first play of the game.
Edgerton's Nick Seibert made it 14-0 with 3:50 left in the opening quarter when he caught Brooks Johnson's 14-yard touchdown pass.
Whitewater did little offensively the first half. The Whippets had 27 total yards of offense the first 24 minutes and only two first downs.
"We're going to just keep teaching what we've been teaching all season—discipline and technique, how to do things the right way,” said first-year coach Anthoni Parr. “So yeah, we're going to learn from it. That's a good team we played. There are a lot of things we can learn from this failure."
Edgerton pushed the lead to 35-0 by half, which forced a running clock the entire second half. Williams' first touchdown run—a 9-yard burst up the middle—pushed Edgerton's lead to 28-0. Collin Beasley then recovered a fumble in the end zone for Edgerton to make it 35-0 with just over a minute to play in the half.
“We had to come out early and take it to them, and not let them think they could play with us, which is what we did,” Gregory said. “We kept them in check, and that's not easy to do because when you watch Whitewater on film, they have a lot of big-play capability.”
Williams' 41-yard scamper around left end capped off the scoring for Edgerton with 3:52 left in the third quarter.
Whitewater got its only score with 6:11 left to play on John Saylor's 25-yard touchdown run against the Edgerton reserves.
With its only loss of the season to state-ranked Lodi, Gregory said his team could now focus on the game of the year in the Rock Valley North.
“We couldn't let our kids look past Whitewater, but now that that's over, we can get ready for a very good Jefferson team,” Gregory said. “We'll enjoy this one, but come Monday, it's all about Jefferson. They're well-coached, and their offense is very, very good, and we've had trouble stopping it every year.”
EDGERTON 41, WHITEWATER 6
Whitewater 0 0 0 6—6
Edgerton 14 21 6 0—41
Scoring summary: E—Lucas Gregory, 5 run (Cesar Gonzalez kick). E—Nick Seibert, 14 pass from Brooks Johnson (Gonzalez kick). E—Adam Converse, 8 pass from Johnson (Gonzalez kick). E—Ricky Williams, 9 run (Gonzalez kick). E—Collin Beasley, recovered fumble in end zone (Gonzalez kick). E—Williams, 41 run (kick failed). W—John Saylor, 25 run (kick failed).
Statistics: First downs—W 5, E 12. Rushes—W 21-76, E 29-219. Yards passing—W 10, E 57. Passes—W 12-6-0, E 7-6-0. Fumbles—W 1-1, E 1-0. Penalties—W 2-20, E 7-70.