By Tom Usher – email@example.com
LIMA — Edgewood didn’t travel two hours up I-75 to sample the local cuisine.
Edgewood jumped off the bus and rolled out an impressive offensive show.
Edgewood, a Division II school, wore Lima Central Catholic down with a 62-21 victory Saturday at Spartan Stadium.
The Cougars (3-1) took full advantage of having only a couple of players going both ways, compared to most of the T-Birds (2-2) going both ways.
Edgewood led 21-0 after the first quarter and 48-14 at the half.
“We have 35 guys and they’re two-platooning and they have good players,” LCC coach Scott Palte said. “They’re a Division II school and we’re a small Division VI school. Our kids made a pretty good fight, but we made some mistakes.
“They’re a real physical football team and we would have had to play a really, really good football game to win. … We were just a little outmanned tonight.”
The Cougars came out in a Wing-T, but not only ran out of the offense, they also threw it around the turf.
For the game, the Cougars racked up 654 total yards, with 193 passing and 461 rushing.
“You had to put eight guys in the box to try to stop them, then you do that and they throw the ball,” Palte said.
Most of the damage was done by halfback Devon Garrett, who finished with 11 carries for 199 yards and five TDs. He had TD runs of 1, 17, 2 and 55 yards. He also caught a 19-yard pass for a TD.
Edgewood’s Dakota Schramm added 11 carries for 95 yards.
“My line blocked great for me all day,” Garrett said. “The holes were big all day. We came to play our heart out. … That was our plan to wear them down.”
LCC quarterback Ethan O’Connor threw for 283 yards by halftime. For the game, O’Connor completed 20 of 37 for 337 yards and two TDs. He was picked off three times, including twice in the end zone.
O’Connor also led the ground game with 10 carries for 52 yards.
LCC’s Paul Holbrook had seven receptions for 116 yards. Nick Taflinger had seven catches for 104 yards with an 18-yard TD.
Edgewood quarterback Drew Reckart completed 12 of 16 for 193 yards and two TDs.
Edgewood needed only four plays to score with Garrett running it over from the 1 to give the Cougars a 7-0 lead.
Edgewood made it 14-0 on a 17-yard TD by Garrett with 3:35 left in the first quarter.
The Courgars pushed the margin to 21-0 on a 65-yard TD off an inside reverse by Thomas Lindsay.
LCC closed the gap to 21-7 when O’Connor connected with Vinny Pignataro on a 47-yard TD.
The next time LCC had the ball, O’Connor hit Holbrook for 66 to take the ball to the Edgewood 11. Two plays later, O’Connor threw a 7-yard TD pass to Thomas Williams. That got LCC within 28-14 with 7:36 left in the first half.
But on the T-Birds’ next drive, O’Connor was picked off in the end zone by A.J. Alexander. That started a seven-play, 76-yard TD drive by Edgewood, with Garrett taking it in from the 2-yard line.
Edgewood’s lead was 35-14 with 2:24 left in the first half.
“We’re not going to see that kind of size and physicality at our level,” Palte said. “That’s tough for our kids to match up with.”