By Chris Graham, SWMsports.net
The Edwardsburg Eddies welcomed the Lansing Sexton Big Reds into town on Saturday. The welcome didn’t last long for the Big Reds who were hammered by the Eddies, 52-30.
It was a game where the Eddies scored on every possession, except for the last (victory formation). Edwardsburg opened the game with a 14 play drive ending in a 1yd touchdown run by Nick Bradley. After Sexton scored on a 15 play, 95 yard drive, it was fullback Jocke Warren who punched it in for the Big Reds.
Edwardsburg then went to have two scoring drives. The first of which ended in a 64 yard touchdown run up the sideline by Tre Harvey. The next score found the Eddies starting out with excellent field position after a Mac Gaideski interception. Two plays and 25 yards later Caden Goggins ran it in from 9 yards out.
After a score by the Big Reds made it 22-14 Edwardsburg had their fourth possession of the game begin at their own 36 yard line with 1:11 left in the second. The Big Reds would have started the second half with the ball and the opportunity to tie it up, however, the Eddies were able to march the ball 64 yards on four plays. Harvey, while under duress, lofted a ball off his back foot to Goggins who ran under the ball and took it in from 26 yards out. At halftime the Eddies were winning 30-14.
Sexton took their opening drive of the second half and went all the way to the Edwardsburg 1 yard line. When their running back, Cody Blankenburg, leapt over the defensive line to get into the end zone the ball was popped out and Edwardsburg recovered. Edwardsburg then put added stats to the “points off turnover” column after Goggins scored on a 23 yard run. It was the Eddies game from there as they continued to pull away with two touchdown runs by Chase Sager.
Edwardsburg (11-1) advances to their fourth semi-final in eight years. They will be taking on the River Rouge Panthers (10-2). The Panthers have had almost as much success in the playoffs over the last few years as the Eddies have. They have been in the playoffs each of the last 8 years including 2 semi-final appearances and a State Championship loss to Grand Rapids West Catholic.
The Edwardsburg Eddies are your Regional Champions and this weekend at 1pm are vying for an opportunity to march on to the State Championship Game. Tune in for the contest to swmsports.net, starting at 12:40pm on Saturday, November 18.