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Edgerton knocks off Jefferson

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By Tim Wester, Special to The Gazette
September 20, 2013

JEFFERSON—Edgerton High football coach Mike Gregory admitted his team was dominated by Jefferson in the first half of a Rock Valley North showdown here Friday night.

Yet somehow Gregory’s team owned a one-point halftime lead despite being outgained by more than 100 yards and running just 13 plays in the first half.

Edgerton (4-1, 3-0) never relinquished its lead from there and eventually celebrated a hard-fought 28-13 victory over Jefferson (4-1, 2-1).

Ben Hudrlik’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.

“That kickoff return was the whole momentum-changer,” Gregory said. “(Jefferson) dominated us in the first half, but for us to go in at halftime was huge.”

The Eagles indeed dominated in the first half.

Garrett Blaeske’s 4-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter capped a 15-play, 85-yard scoring drive that put the Eagles up 7-0.

After Edgerton’s Ricky Williams answered with a 65-yard touchdown run later in the second quarter, the Eagles regained the lead behind a Blaeske 5-yard touchdown run with 37.9 seconds remaining.

Then it all fell apart for Jefferson. On the ensuing kickoff, Hudrlik scooped up a squib kick at the 35 and surged through the Eagles’ kickoff coverage nearly untouched with 28 seconds left. The ensuing kick put Edgerton up 14-13.

“That kick return was the back-breaker for us,” Jefferson coach Steve Gee said. “It’s an emotional game in high school, and I had a hard time getting the guys back up at halftime. And when we didn’t get a break in third quarter, it kind of wore on us.”

It was all Edgerton from there.

The Crimson Tide certainly proved its coach correct in the second half against the Eagles.

Brooks Johnson got Edgerton going with a 36-yard touchdown pass to Adam Converse to put Edgerton up 21-13.

Williams then finished off the Eagles with an 11-yard touchdown run early in the fourth to put the visitors up 28-13. Williams finished with 21 carries for 243 yards to help Edgerton finally defeat its nemesis.

“Jefferson is a good football team, that’s what makes this win so enjoyable,” Gregory said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve beat them. They (Jefferson) have ruled the conference, so until you beat the king there isn’t much you can celebrate.

The Crimson Tide finally got their chance to celebrate.

EDGERTON 28, JEFFERSON 13

Edgerton             0        14                                  7    7-28

Jefferson             0        13                                  0    0-13

Scoring summary: J—Garrett Blaeske, 4 run (Ben Dillavou kick). E—Ricky Williams, 65 run (Cesar Gonzalez kick). J—Blaeske, 5 run (kick failed). E—Ben Hudrlik, 65 yard kickoff return (Gonzalez kick). E—Adam Converse, 36 pass from Brooks Johnson (Gonzalez kick). E—Williams, 11 run (Gonzalez kick).

Statistics: First Downs—E 13 , J 18. Yards rushing—E 28-328, J 51-287. Yards passing—E 37, J 18. Passes—E 9-1-1, J 11-3-3. Fumble—J 1-1. Penalties—Edgerton 6-45, J 6-60.



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