By Chris Graham, SWMsports.net
The district championship game on Friday night showed everyone in attendance what this Edwardsburg Eddies team was capable of on offense and defense. Throughout the season the Eddies were rarely tested as their superiority on both sides of the ball was evident. Most felt that when the playoffs rolled around we would truly see how great this team was, and so far they have not disappointed.
The Lakeshore Lancers came to Leo Hoffman Field looking to avenge their playoff loss last year at the hands of Edwardsburg. The Lancers rolled in after beating archrival St. Joseph in the pre-district showdown by a final score of 30-7.
The Lancers started the contest with the ball in good field position, and decided to test the Edwardsburg secondary. Senior defensive back, Juchaun Fox, made them pay by laying out for an interception at the Eddies 26 yard line. In an incredible display of athleticism and hand/eye coordination he went fully parallel with the ground and came away with the INT.
The Eddies wasted no time in marching down the field. Six plays and 5 minutes later Kyle Shrider took it 60 yards to the end zone. The Edwardsburg defense continued to stand tall, and once again the Eddies got the ball with 3:18 to go in the first quarter. This time it was Nick Bradley taking a pass from Cameron Ekanayake 53 yards for six points. That was just the first of eight pass attempts from Ekanayake on the evening.
The offensive play calling was quite different this night than that of most. Ekanayake played a huge role with his arm. He ended up going 6/8 throwing with 136 yards passing and three touchdowns. He also had three carries for 64 yards and one touchdown. The diversity in the play and execution of the offense will only cause more havoc for opponents when game planning the Eddies.
Austin Cline helped carry the load as well with thirteen carries for 82 yards, Bradley contributed with 9 carries, 88 yards and one touchdown. Kyle Shrider led the offense with ten carries and 111 yards and a score.
In spite of giving up more points than they had all year the Eddies defense shut the door on the Lancers time and again. Keshaune Rucker had two interceptions to go with Fox’s one, and the defense also recovered a fumble. Four turnovers for the Lancers did not aid them in their efforts this night.
With Edwardsburg’s 50-20 win over Lakeshore the next team with the challenge of taking down the Wing-T offense is that of the Chelsea Bulldogs (11-0) from the Southeastern Conference. Edwardsburg will be traveling a little over two hours away from home to face Chelsea for the Regional Championship. The winner will move on to the state semi-finals.