Edwardsburg stomps the Reds – again

Butch Hindenach • pawtwice@bloomingdalecom.net
Paw Paw’s August Sylvester (65) attacks the Edwardsburg ball carrier  from behind, as Kurtis Carr (3) falls in from the side to be sure he is stopped. The Redskins spent a great deal of the game Friday night on defense.   Hot Shotz Photography/Madi Day

   EDWARDSBURG - The last 15 years of Paw Paw Redskins football has been one of the most successful stretches in the school’s history of the sport, which goes back nearly 120 years.  Though stumbling some over the last three seasons, it has been a good time to be a Redskin on the gridiron overall. There has been just one major failing in that time frame - that team after team cannot contain the Edwardsburg Eddies’ offense. 
   The two schools have met in football nine times since the Eddies joined the Wolverine Conference, and the rival to the south has won eight times -- seven in a row, including the 41-0 defeat of the Redskins on Friday. 
   Paw Paw has never held the Eddies to less than 30 points in this series, with Edwardsburg averaging nearly 45 points per outing against the Redskins.  Many area football experts claim this year’s is Edwardsburg’s best team ever; so, it didn’t take long for last year’s state champion runners-up to establish themselves.
   After holding Paw Paw on its first possession, the Orange and Blue used 11 downs to reach the end zone from 70 yards out. After a three-and-out for the Redskins,  the Eddies scored again in just two plays. After quickly stopping the Reds for a third time, a 51-yard TD run gave them three scores in 15 plays from scrimmage, and a 22-0 lead. 
   The Redskins offense, with back-up quarterback Mason Popp filling in for an injured Jacob Matheny, basically was unable to get any momentum going, and at the halftime break the Eddies held a commanding 34-0 lead.
   At the break, Edwardsburg accounted for nearly 300 total yards while the ‘Skins showed 13 yards rushing, and five through the air.
   Early after play resumed, an interception became a touchdown for the Eddies, triggering the mercy rule and setting a running clock. From that point on, subs appeared for both teams, and the second half took a little over a half hour to complete with no additional points put on the scoreboard.  
   Despite the score, the Redskin defense played reasonably well. Between fumbles in the red zone, interceptions, and the other offensive problems, the defense played a large number of minutes during the evening.
   Kurtis Carr led with 15 tackles, Andrew Vorce added 10, Nate Harden, nine, followed by Karsen Barnhart and Zach Agnone with seven apiece.
   The Eddies swept the three game set defeating the freshmen 22-0, and the junior varsity team 28-18 last Thursday.


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