Eddies complete perfect regular season
Published 2:19 pm Saturday, October 24, 2015
Getting less snaps from starting quarterback Dante Razzano and starting running back Isaiah Miller didn’t seem to affect the Edwardsburg football team Friday in its Wolverine Conference game against Sturgis.
The seventh-ranked (Division III) Eddies got a spark at the start from their special teams and rolled to a 52-20 win over the Trojans.
Tyler Treat’s 73-yard kickoff return on the first play of the game gave Edwardsburg the ball at Sturgis’ 21-yard line. Three plays later, Damion Pompey rushed six yards for a touchdown.
“With soccer being over, Treat will be up with us,” said Edwardsburg football coach Kevin Bartz, whose Eddies enter the playoffs at 9-0. “We also got him playing some on offense and defense later in the game.”
Because of a hamstring injury, Razzano played only two offensive series, while Miller didn’t play in the first quarter because of “disciplinary reasons”, according to Bartz. Miller still finished with 175 yards rushing on 11 carries with three touchdowns.
“(Razzano) had been progressing well,” Bartz said. “Our trainer said we could put (Razzano) in the game,” Bartz said. “She was keeping him warm and she said we could put him in for a couple of series. We weren’t going to give him the ball and we didn’t want him to play on defense. It was actually a rehab day for him and that was how we were looking at it. We just wanted to keep him warm and get him going. The hamstring didn’t bother him at all tonight and he should be 100-percent by next week.
“Cameron Ekanayake came in and did a great job of leading the offense. He helped put us up 16 points right away.”
Ekanayake’s two-point conversion run gave the Eddies an 8-0 lead. On his second series, he directed a nine-play, 94-yard drive, which was capped by a 33-yard touchdown run from Pompey. Pompey finished with 94 yards rushing on nine carries with three touchdowns. Edwardsburg rushed for 411 yards.
Sturgis had some success moving the ball against Edwardsburg’s defense, but was unable to consistently finish drives. In the first quarter, the Trojans lost three yards on a 4th-and-goal at the Eddies’ three-yard line. The Trojans totaled 345 yards.
Sturgis had some momentum going into halftime as the Trojans pulled within 30-14 after getting a five-yard touchdown pass from Tristen Stewart to Brandon Wetzel with no time on the clock. A facemask penalty on Edwardsburg on the previous play set up the score.
“We gave up some big plays on third-and-long,” Bartz said. “We also gave up a stupid touchdown at the end of the first half. In the second half, our defense was a lot better.”
EDWARDSBURG 52, STURGIS 20
Sturgis 0 14 0 6 – 20
Edwardsburg 16 14 16 6 – 52
E – Damion Pompey 6 run (Cameron Ekanayake run)
E – Pompey 33 run (Joey Hess run)
S – Tristen Stewart 5 run (pass failed)
E – Isaiah Miller 56 run (Pompey run)
E – Pompey 4 run (run failed)
S – Brandon Wetzel 5 pass from Tristen Stewart (Tristen Stewart pass to Brecken Stewart)
E – Hess 7 run (Austin Cline run)
E – Miller 9 run (Ekanayake pass to Cline)
E – Miller 40 run (run failed)
S – Tristen Stewart 7 run (run failed)
Varsity records: Sturgis 6-3, Edwardsburg 9-0