By Chris Graham, SWMsports.net
It was a gut check game for the Edwardsburg Eddies, and perhaps their first true test of the season. Their Friday night playoff game against the 6-3 Hamilton Hawkeyes was a hard fought contest that ended in a 30-8 victory for the Eddies.
The Eddies defense was under constant pressure by the Hawkeyes running back, Trenton Lane, and their mobile quarterback, Brady Mudd. Timely run and pass plays continuously pushed the Hawkeyes deep into Edwardsburg territory. Four times they were in the red zone and four times the Eddies defense turned them away.
Both teams punted on their first possession. Edwardsburg’s second drive was moving nicely before a penalty pushed them back to their 33 yard line. On the next play Kyle Shrider took the ball 67 yards to the end zone.
On the Hawkeyes third drive they marched to the Eddies 1 yard line before being turned away on a goal line stand. Edwardsburg took over from there, and after a two yard run by Austin Cline, Shrider ran the next play 97 yards for 6 more points. On the night, Shrider finished with 225 yards and three touchdowns.
After a second quarter score by Hamilton the Eddies held fast. Led by quarterback Cameron Ekanayake the offense continuously moved the ball into Hawkeyes territory. Ekanayake had eleven carries on the night for 70 yards and one touchdown. Five of those eleven carries gave Edwardsburg critical first downs.
The win locks the Eddies into the district championship game this Friday night at Leo Hoffman Field. They will take on 7-3 Lakeshore in a rematch of last year’s district opener.