Isaiah Edwards’ Rush Seals Win Against St. Augustine, 19-7
Written by: Nate Grella on Saturday, September 1st, 2018
After a long 4-hour drive to Richland New Jersey, State High came into St. Augustine ready for a prime-time, cross-state matchup that did not disappoint. A trip to Delaware included, the State College Little Lions drove 223 miles to play St. Augustine and arrived around three hours before the kick. After all that noise, State College came out and started off hot. A quick defensive stop gave way to a 2-play drive capped by a screen pass to Cohen Russell that went 87 yards to make it 7-0. Both teams would get the ball following the score, but a blocked punt and a stalled State College turnover on downs on the Hermits’ 25, would give St. Augustine momentum. A 14-play drive that ate up most of the 2nd quarter would come after that ended with a Jaylen DeCoteau 18-yard touchdown reception.
The Lions wouldn’t let it stayed tied for long though, as 4 plays later, a great block by Addison Darcy set up a Cohen Russell 74 yard reversal that went for 6. The Lions received the ball at the beginning of the second half, but stalled in the redzone, and ended with a blocked field goal. That blocked field goal began a very sloppy 3rd and early 4th quarter.
Touchdown to Ellis called just barely out of bounds pic.twitter.com/ZQbQQ9Ti83
— Nick Haushalter (@NickHaus75) August 31, 2018
Both teams had their own issues with penalties, and the ball rotated between each team’s 30 yardlines. An astray punt from State High’s own endzone and a brief brawl would be inconsequential as the State High defense would come up clutch yet again. Friberg threw an interception late and St. Augustine had 80 yards between them and a tie pending an extra point, but the State High defense stood strong, forcing a punt. Two plays later, Isaiah Edwards would take it 76 yards on the left side of the field to cap a State College victory, 19-7.
ISAIAH EDWARDS BREAKS ONE LOOSE TO SEAL THE DEAL FOR STATE COLLEGE WITH 0:52 LEFT. 19-7 LIONS.@WPAFootball
— Nick Haushalter (@NickHaus75) September 1, 2018
Tommy Friberg had a bit of an off night going 8 for 16 with two touchdowns and two interceptions but was bailed out by two 70+ yard passes to end with a 95.3 QB rating. The running backs shined for State High. Cohen Russell had 188 receiving yards out of the backfield and Isaiah Edwards made the final touchdown after sitting out a drive with what looked like a bad injury. Keaton Ellis also had 48 yards rushing and Brady Dorner was a threat in the passing game. The offensive line went with a Pone-Kifolo-Cameron-Van Horn- Darcy line the entire night, and barring a few Holding penalties were able to keep the backfield relatively empty the whole night.
On the defensive side, the front 4 were aggressive, but were somewhat held back by the Hermits offensive line. The Defensive Ends created penetration late in the game and key sacks by Addison Darcy, Nathan Lusk, and Kevin Kurzinger helped to get the offense back on the field. Tyson Brennan was a near perfect linebacker, and was a standout defensive player all night. In the secondary, coverage was perfect and separation was not an issue, especially from Keaton Ellis and Cohen Russell. Tom Bucha and Sammy Knipe had less of an impact but both had big individual plays throughout. Kicking was a major issue, as a blocked field goal, a missed extra point and a kick out of bounds, put the Lions in several sweaty situations.
Synopsis: This game had everything in it. Controversy. Drama. Grit. And alot of shooting yourself in the foot. The Lions struggled to stop St. Augustine defensive tackle, Isaiah Raikes, whenever he entered the game as a running back. That inability to stop power running was a key reason St. Augustine was able to stay on the field for a bulk of the game. The Hermits chewed up the clock, having almost 60 plays in the game while the Lions had 35. In a different game without the Lions big play ability, this would have been an easy Hermits victory, but key players made the difference and gave State College momentum going into a tough road environment next week.
What’s Next?: State College will hit the road again, this time with a slightly shorter drive to Hollidaysburg. The Tigers are coming off of a big win against Mifflin County. St. Augustine will continue their Non-Public New Jersey schedule against Lenape.
SC Alma Mater after big win pic.twitter.com/DMYVgW9KM6
— Nathan Grella (@NathanGrella) September 1, 2018
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