Edison hangs on against rival Toronto
TORONTO — The Edison defense stood tall late, and the offense made just enough plays to edge out a hard-fought 25-24 road win at rival Toronto Friday night at Clark Hinkle Stadium.
“It was definately exciting,” Edison first-year coach Shane O’Brien said. “This is what high school football is all about. The feeling doesn’t get better than this. It was a nerve-wracking game.”
Edison (2-1) senior quarterback Anthony Sinicropi scored the go-ahead touchdown with a 5-yard run to cap a six-play, 65-yard drive with 5:47 to go to put the points that eventually turned out to be the difference on the board. The score put The Wildcats on top 25-22.
The Red Knights (1-2) had a chance to answer after Kobe Herrick ran the ball 54 yards to the 1-yard-line. Toronto lined up and ran the ball four times, and all four times the Wildcats defense stopped the Toronto ball carrier short of the goal line.
“This one is on me,” said Toronto coach Josh Franke, wo is also in his first season. “We had four downs on the 1-yard-line. It is one of the things that is going to haunt me for the rest of my life. It is bad play calling in a key situation in the game, and it is an awful feeling because you cost your kids who fought their tails off the game.”
Things got interesting when, after a three-and-out, Edison punter Noah Woods ran out of the back of the end zone for a safety to make the score 25-24 with 1:52 to go and give Toronto one more chance with the football.
A costly penalty, one of nine Toronto penalties for a total of 95 yards in the game, pushed the desperation drive backwards. The Red Knights turned the ball over on downs with less than a minute to play, and the Wildcats kneeled out the win.
Sinicropi finished 8 of 11 for 86 yards throwing the ball, adding 63 yards and a score with his feet.
“He is a great player,” O’Brien said of Sinicropi. “He is a competitor and competitors make great plays when you need them to.”
Junior Kaleb Waggoner finished with 107 yards and three scores on 16 carries.
Herrick led Toronto’s rushing attack with 114 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Sophomore quarterback Caleb Leasure, who was making his second start in place of injured senior Nate Karaffa, went 4 of 8 for 27 yards and a touchdown thowing the ball and added 20 yards on seven carries.
In Week 4, Edison hosts Catholic Central, while Toronto travels to take on Southern Local.
¯ Toronto offensive lineman, kicker and punter Trent Wright was ejected from the game late in the third quarter after a scrum following a bad snap on an attempted punt.
Edison 25, Toronto 24
Edison 7-0-6-12 — 25
Toronto 7-7-0-10 — 24
T: Sninchak 6 pass from Leasure (Wright kick), 4:32
E: Waggoner 2 run (Montgomery kick), 1:21
T: Stackhouse 3 run (Wright kick), :21
E: Waggoner 1 run (kick failed), 3:01
E: Waggoner 10 run (pass failed), 11:52
T: Herrick 17 run (Stackhouse run), 8:46
E: Sinicropi 5 run (kick blocked), 5:47
T: Safety, 1:45
RUSHING: Edison 36-213-4 (Waggoner 16-107-3); Sinicropi 12-63-1; Clifton 4-36; Shrieve 2-7; Griffith 1-0; McAfoose 1-0). Toronto 52-287-2 (Herrick 17-114-1; Dozier 14-97; Thomas 9-50; Leasure 8-25; Stackhouse 4-18-1; Wright 1-(-17)).
PASSING: Edison 8-11-86-0-0 (all by Sinicropi). Toronto 5-10-31-1-0 (Leasure 4-8-27-1; Wright 1-1-4; Stackhouse 0-1-0).
RECEIVING: Edison 8-86-0 (McAfoose 3-34; Shrieve 2-26; Waggoner 1-13; Higgs 1-8; Woods 1-5). Toronto 5-31-1 (Sninchak 2-10-1; Fulton 1-12; Stackhouse 1-7; Dozier 1-2).
FIRST DOWNS: Edison 10; Toronto 18.
PENALTIES-YARDS: Edison 9-75; Toronto 9-95.
PUNTS: Edison 0; Toronto 1-37.
FUMBLES-LOST: Edison 0-0; Toronto 2-0.