By Chris Graham, SWMsports.net
Armstrong Field in Three Rivers, Michigan, was an electric playoff atmosphere on Friday night. It was just game 7 of the year, but the tension was palpable. The Wildcats and Edwardsburg Eddies came out in the first half exchanging drives. The Eddies on a failed 4th down conversion, and on the next play the Wildcats gave it back on an interception.
Edwardsburg’s second drive of the night was a 13 play, 60 yard drive that ended in a Matt Hepler 14 yard TD run. The two point conversion failed. The Wildcats would score on their third drive of the night. It was a one yard TD pass from Jalen Heivilin to Bryce Morlan. Their PAT attempt was good, and Three Rivers went into halftime up 7-6.
The third quarter started with a strong effort from the Edwardsburg defense. They forced a three and out with solid play in the secondary. The Eddies offense would respond as Kyle Shrider came alive with a 38 yard – stiff arm – run. The Wildcats quickly responded with a 13 play and 74 yard drive. It ended with a 7 yard TD run by Heivilin.
Edwardsburg’s next drive proved just as effective, but this time it was Caden Goggins who was able to find some real estate up the middle. Goggins was able to run it in the end zone from 51 yards away, giving Edwardsburg an 18-14 lead. That would be the last score of the night for the Eddies as their next three drives went: turnover on downs, punt, and turnover on downs.
Three Rivers would find one more drive equating in to offensive success. They were able to go on a 9 play drive ending in an 8 yard touchdown by Gavin Charvat. Their defense would shut down Edwardsburg the rest of the night and secure a win over the Eddies, 21-18.
This was the first time since September of 2014 that the Eddies lost in the regular season. Edwardsburg looks to bounce back this week as they welcome in the Vicksburg Bulldogs (6-1) in another battle for the Wolverine Conference Championship.