Bishop Fenwick senior Frank Catrine did what he does best in Wednesday night’s 35-6 opening win over Edgewood and that is a little bit of everything.
The reigning Division IV Southwest District Player of the Year filled the stat sheet like we have become so accustomed to seeing from. The senior amassed 239 all-purpose yards with three touchdowns on a rush, kickoff return and punt return and he had an interception on defense.
Catrine wasn’t the only story for the Falcons as their defense held 116 yards of total offense and no touchdowns in the first three quarters.
On offense Bishop Fenwick (1-0) got outstanding line play allowing Brandon Moor to run for a game-high 74 yards and Thomas Sheridan chipped in with 50 more with a touchdown run. Quarterback Billy Robinson went 4-of-5 for 50 yards, including a scoring strike to Luke Sennett in his varsity debut.
Drake Campbell accounted for Edgewood’s (0-1) only score on a 3-yard run during the fourth quarter. Christian Palmer led the Cougars with 39 yards on eight rushing attempts.
The Falcons will travel to Mount Healthy (1-0) for another test against a Division II team next week. Edgewood will look to right the ship at Milford.
Edgewood lineman Brett Tucker has seen his stock start to rise this summer. The 6-foot-4, 320 pound Tucker has offers from Tiffin and Urbana and is drawing interest from MC schools as weel. Head coach Scott Clemmons told TriStateFootball.com that many schools are waiting until he takes the ACT in the fall before they make him an offer. Tucker currently has a 3.0 GPA.
"Brett is a tireless worker. He loves the weight room and is a team leader on and off the field. He attended all our Saturday volunteer workouts this off-season. He helps coach the pee wee teams in the community and volunteered at all our youth camps this summer. Brett is a throw back player, he does what he is coached to do and never questions or complains. Brett has been a starter for us since he was a Sophomore and will be once again this season. He will play more Offensive line for us this season. The last two seasons he was primarily a defensive player, but this us graduating so many seniors he will have to play OL this season. I look forward to seeing Brett have a break out season and play up to his full potential" Clemmons laments the Cougars star.
Adaptation will be the theme for Edgewood head coach Scott Clemmons entering his second year at the helm. The Cougars were senior-laden with tons of size along their lines in 2012, helping propel them to the school’s 11th post-season appearance.
“We have to grow up fast. We lost a lot of senior starters on both sides of the ball (including 11 on offense). We will be smaller next season, but will be a lot faster,” Clemmons said of his squad. “The boys from Trenton may look a little different this fall but you can guarantee results will be the same – wins.”
Division II, Region 8
2012 RECORD: 8-3, 5-2 SWOC
COACH: Scott Clemmons (8-3 @ Edgewwod, one year, 8-3 overall)
Ryan Hurst, SR, DB – Making plays in the defensive backfield will be a top priority for Hurst this fall.
Nick King, SR, OLB – He is not the biggest cat on the Cougars, but he sure has a nose for the ball. King came up with three takeaways as a junior.
Brandon Moore, SR, DL- This d-lineman should see plenty of one-on-one matchups with lining up next to Tucker.
Spencer Pfirrman, SR, WR/DB – Pfirrman will be the leader of the secondary and also get a chance to catch some passes on offense.
Brett Tucker, SR, DL – Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 320 pounds Tucker has caught the attention of college scouts as he looks for a big senior campaign to ensure his playing on Saturdays in 2014.
(11 appearances, 12-11 overall) – 2012, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2003 (2nd), 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999 (Reg. Champ), 1998, 1997
The non-conference schedule has GCL flare with Fenwick and Badin gracing it. Sandwiched in between is a game with Milford which will be a mirror image of the Cougars in Week 2. Edgewood can ill-afford a slip up in those three tilts if they want to entertain playoff thoughts..FULL SCHEDULE
A WINNING TRADITION
Last season’s eight victories marked the 14th time in the last 17 seasons that the Edgewood program has won at least seven contests in a season. The 14 years prior to that dating back to 1982 the Cougars won seven games in a season just one time.
We will be holding our Junior High football camp on July 29th and 30th for incoming 7th and 8th graders.
The camp will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and will be $40 for each camper.
You can download the insurance waiver (REQUIRED) and registration form (REQUIRED) from below.
We accept Cash, Money Order or Credit only. No personal checks will be accepted.
Pee Wee Football Camp
Edgewood Football will be hosting its pee wee football camp on July 22 and 23.
Grades k-3 will be 4-6 p.m. with registration beginning at 3:30.
Grades 4-6 will be from 6:10 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. with registration beginning at 5:30.
Cost is $40.00 for each camper which will include both days of camp and a camp t-shirt.
Registration forms can be downloaded below.
By Don Manning
The second-seeded Winton Woods Warriors turned in one of the most dominating playoff performances in school history as they defeated the Edgewood Cougars 50-7 in the opening round of Ohio Division II, Region 8 playoff action Friday night.
Winton Woods (8-3) scored of all its points in the first half, including taking a 28-0 first-quarter lead. The Warriors ran 16 offensive plays, held the ball for just over four minutes in the first half, but lead at the break 50-0.
Quarterback Shemar Hooks scored two of his three touchdowns in the opening frame and finished with 151 yards rushing on just six carries to lead the way. Nick Grissom, who scored the game’s first touchdown, finished with 87 yards on four rushing attempts.
Edgewood (8-3) entered the playoffs for the first time since 2008 after an amazing season filled with come from behind victories, close games and a big win over South Western Ohio Conference foe Mt Healthy. Unfortunately for the Cougars a very talented and exceptionally fast team in Winton Woods was waiting to meet them on the gridiron.
Edgewood had some success running the ball, but in the end just could not keep drives sustained against a much faster opponent. Once the Cougars got behind they were forced to do things they were not comfortable with and as a result were not able to get the ball into the end zone.
Winton Woods on the other hand scored on each possession and they returned a free kick for a touchdown and would also get two points on a safety after a bad snap on an attempted punt. Torrez Curtis recovered a fumble in the end zone for yet another Warriors’ touchdown.
A year after posting a 3-7, Edgewood finished with five more wins and earned a playoff berth. This program, now led by head coach Scott Clemmons, will be one that has much success in the coming years.
The Warriors move on to face another exciting team in the Trotwood-Madison Rams. This should be an exciting game that will showcase last year’s defending Division II State Champs and an up-and-coming Winton Woods Team that is explosive and well coached. It is a game that could wind up deciding who wins the Division II State Championship this year.
Kumler Field was filled with fans in hopes that their Edgewood Cougars could defeat the Harrison Wildcats and have an opportunity to slip into the post-season picture. The home team did not disappoint as they held on for a 21-13 victory.
When the Mt. Healthy Owls and the Edgewood Cougars meet it is always a hard fought game, Friday night was no exception. With one team hanging on in an effort to keep their playoff hopes alive and another trying to remain undefeated this game would no doubt be exciting.
Although these two teams did not light up the scoreboard, they certainly entertained the rain-soaked crowd in the Owls Nest with big plays on both sides of the ball.
Mount Healthy (8-1, 5-1) won the toss and decided to defer. The Cougars would waste no time in getting the ground game rolling and with quarterback Eric Pelfrey at the helm, Edgewood (7-2, 4-2) orchestrated a drive that began at their own 28-yard line and drove 72 yards to pay dirt when Pelfrey took the ball into the endzone from one yard out. The drive took 8:54 and the score was Edgewood 7, Mt. Healthy 0.
The Owls began their first possession in great field position at their own 45. Now down by a score and without their star quarterback Tyree Elliot, Mount Healthy looked to Greg Green, their back up QB, to move the ball and tie the game. The Owls had some early success moving the ball, but the drive would end when Matt Barger, an Edgewood linebacker, got into the backfield to stop them on a 4th down play at the Cougar 26-yard line.
The Cougars in their second offensive series was able to get one first dow,n but were forced to punt after mishandling the football on two consecutive snaps. With the score still 7-0 in Edgewood's favor they had to give the ball back to the Owls. Zach Griffin's punt rolled to the Mount Healthy 28-yard line, where the Owls would have the ball once again.
Mount Healthy would have a miscue of their own as the snap sailed over the head of Green he was able to recover the loose ball but a loss on the play forced them into a long-yardage situation and on the very next play Edgewood's Cody Hall would pick off the Green pass and take it back to the 30-yard line of the Owls, but a penalty would take the ball back to the 40-yard line, where the Cougars had it 1st-and-10.
Again Edgewood would shoot themselves in the foot as they were moving the ball well and had it 3rd down and inches only to have a false start which took them back five yards. Unable to convert, the Cougars turned the ball over on downs at the Owls’ 31-yard line.
The Owls looking to get some points on the board before the end of the first half took over for their third offensive set but again would come up empty as Edgewood's defense was playing well. On fourth-and-long Mount Healthy was forced to punt.
Mason Back was back for the Cougars to receive the David Montgomery punt and on an attempted fair catch the ball bounced out of Back's hand onto the turf where it was recovered at the Cougar 15-yard line by one of the Owls special team players.
Mount Healthy was in scoring position with a chance to tie the game with just over a minute remaining in the half. The Owls would go to the air in attempt to score, but cornerback David Jones was able to pick the ball off in the end zone for the Cougars to keep the Owls scoreless in the first half.
Desperate to get something going the Owls took the second half kickoff down field as Leon Currie-Davis was able to find some running room and put his Mt. Healthy teammates in position to kick a field goal. Currie-Davis would end the night with 92 yards on 23 carries and after the Mason Bolser 28-yard field goal, cutting the Edgewood lead to 7-3 with 7:32 to go in the third quarter.
Edgewood also found some running lanes on their first possession of the second half as they moved the ball into Owl territory to give their kicker, Zach Griffin a chance at a 40-yard field goal. Griffin, who has already made two field goals of over 40 yards, had plenty of distance but just missed wide left and the score remained 7-3 in favor of the Cougars.
Moving into the fourth quarter trailing by four points Mount Healthy needed to get some points on the scoreboard and they would not be denied. Green would find Antonio Grey in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. Mt. Healthy had their first lead 10 - 7 with 11:12 to go in the contest.
Edgewood again, looking to run the ball and get the lead back and eat up the clock marched down the field and scored with 8:16 to go in the game as AJ Pieratt sprinted 17 yards off the left side and ran into the end zone to put the Cougars back on top by four with a score of 14-10. Edgewood's trio of running backs behind that big offensive line was able to rush the ball 42 times for 209 yards.
After exchanging possessions a couple of times with neither team putting up points Mt. Healthy would get the ball back with just over three minutes to go in the game the Owls would move the ball on a couple of short passes to pick up a first down. However, after two incomplete passes and a procedure penalty they would find themselves looking at a 3rd-and-15 from their own 30-yard line.
On third-and-long Green dropped back to pass and found a receiver open only to see the ball slip through his arms and hit the turf, bringing up 4th and 15.
After a timeout the Owls came out and almost pulled off a fantastic play as they threw the ball out in the flats to Grey, who then threw the ball down field to a wide open receiver, who was unable to hold onto the ball and with just over two minutes to go in the game. The Cougars took over on downs and were able to hold on for the victory.
Next week Edgewood (7-2, 4-2) is back at home against Harrison (4-5, 4-2) with the playoffs still within their reach, but the Cougars will need a win. Mount Healthy (8-1, 5-1) will be back in the Owls Nest to take on Northwest, with winner to be crowned the SWOC Champion.
When the Edgewood Cougars (6-2, 3-2) meet the Talawanda Braves (1-7, 1-4) you can always expect a hard fought contest and this game was no exception. Both teams came out running and had several big plays. Both teams also had trouble keeping their heads as the game was plagued with penalties.
Edgewood came out and on the first play from scrimmage and gave the ball to their leading rusher Matt Barger, who got loose up the middle for a 79-yard touchdown run, only to be called back on a holding penalty. It was the first of many for this Edgewood team. The Cougars were able to recover and get the ball into the end zone as Barger carried it in from two yards out and the Cougars took the early lead 7-0.
Next up was the Braves’ offense and running back Maurice Thomas, who came into this game 2nd in the SWOC in rushing yards with 975 yards. Thomas would also get free on this first drive with a carry of 71 yards only to be called back on penalty. The Braves were unable to recover and the score remained 7-0 in favor of Edgewood.
The Cougars would go on to score three more times in the first half on touchdown runs of two yards by David Jones and AJ Pieratt and Barger would get in once more from a yard out.
The Cougar defense would play and shut the Braves out for the remainder of the first half. The teams went into the locker rooms with the score halftime score 28-7 Edgewood.
After receiving the second half kickoff Talawanda took over at their own 20-yard line. On the second play from scrimmage Thomas exploded up field for a 73-yard touchdown run and put his team on the board and with just over 11 minutes to go in the third quarter the score was 28-14 in favor of Edgewood.
The Cougars, as they have done all year, just kept running the football and Talawanda's defense was no match for this Edgewood offense. In the second half the Cougars would have three possessions. Two of those would end in touchdown runs by Pieratt, one from 27 yards out, the other from 15 yards. Zach Griffin would also add three more points with a 43-yard field goal his third FG on the season and second one from 40 yards or more.
The Braves scored once more in the second half on another Thomas touchdown, his third of the night, but the Braves just could not keep drives going. They had the ball inside the Edgewood 20 again, but a failed to convert a fourth-down pass as they turned the ball over on downs. In the end the Cougars’ offense was just too much for the Braves.
Next week Edgewood will travel to the Owls Nest to take on an undefeated Mount Healthy team. The Cougars must win this game to continue their hopes of making a playoff run. Talawanda will host a tough Wilmington team, who is much better than their record shows. Both teams will have to do a better job with penalty's to give their team a chance to win.