By Chris Graham, SWMsports.net
The Division 4 State Championship Game was played at Ford Field on Friday, November 24th, 2017, and the Edwardsburg Eddies were there. Not as spectators, but as a team vying for the title of the best football program in division four.
After Grand Rapids Catholic Central won the toss and elected to kick it away to the Eddies to start the game their defense was able to get Edwardsburg to go three and out. GRCC would then take their drive and march 56 yards on 8 plays. Nolan Fugate was the focal point of the offense for the Cougars, and this drive ended with a 20 yard TD reception by Fugate.
Edwardsburg would respond on their next drive. A hand off to Kyle Shrider was the right call as he busted through the right side of the line and ran it into the end zone from 55 yards away. Merick Evans tied it up at 7 apiece. The Eddies defense would come up big next and get the Cougars to punt it away. After a nice return by Nick Bradley, it was Chase Sager’s turn to put some points on the board. Sager found a gap in the line and ran through the secondary to score from 64 yards away, giving the Eddies their first and only lead of the game. The PAT failed, but the Eddies led 13-7.
The game went back and forth from there with many highlight reel plays from Edwardsburg who never scored on a play closer than 55 yards away. One of the big momentum shifts of the game when the Eddies were trailing 28-13. After a Cougars touchdown they kicked off to Caden Goggins who was standing at the Edwardsburg 1 yard line. He proceeded to sprint up a seam in the middle of the field and then cut down the right sideline. He was able to outwit the Grand Rapids kicker and finish his 99 yard run in the end zone.
In spite of a Shrider run of 78 yards, and a Bradley run of 90 yards resulting in touch downs Edwardsburg fell in the title game to Grand Rapids Catholic Central by a final score of 42-31. It was the first time the Eddies made it to the state title game, but most everyone is confident it will not be their last. It was a banner season for Edwardsburg who finished with a 12-2 record on the season. They represented their community and conference with pride and integrity.
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