Edison overpowers Wellsville for first win
RICHMOND — Edison’s motto entering this season is “finish,” and it did just that against Wellsville Friday night, en route to a 36-7 victory at Cartwright Memorial Field.
The win gave Shane O’Brien his first head coaching victory at his alma mater.
“It is a great feeling,” O’Brien said. “I’m happy for the guys. They earned it.”
The Wildcats (1-1) made big plays on offense and defense. Edison totaled 329 yards and four touchdowns on offense, while it intercepted two Tiger passes — one of which was returned for a touchdown — and recovered a pair of Wellsville fumbles.
Wellsville mustered 209 yards of offense, but the Tigers were doomed by their four turnovers.
“Turnovers were a huge part of the game,” second-year Wellsville (0-2) head coach Moose Ramsey said. “They were more physical. They finished their drives. We were inside the 30 twice, and we turned the ball over twice. It was a game of momentum, and that was huge.”
The Tigers ran 59 plays in the game, while the Wildcats ran 41.
Quarterback Anthony Sinicropi produced 96 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries for the Wildcats, while also throwing for 87 yards and another touchdown. Kaleb Waggoner ran for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Bryce McAfoose caught a 51-yard touchdown pass, and Noah Woods delivered a 31-yard reception on a jump ball to set the Wildcats up for a score.
Woods also made a big play defensively as he returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown.
“They were more spread out,” Ramsey said about the difference between this year’s and last year’s game. “They were more physical. They were more energetic. My hat is off to coach O’Brien and to his team.”
Senior standout Derrick Suggs led the way on the ground for the Tigers as he rushed for 151 yards on 28 carries.
“He’s a heck of a running back,” O’Brien said. “I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a great player. They have great athletes. They have a lot of weapons. We did a good job of containing their athletes. We were able to make the plays we needed to make.”
Sinicropi opened the scoring on a 43-yard touchdown run, and Carter Montgomery converted the extra point to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead with 10:24 left in the first quarter.
Wellsville responded by mounting a drive deep into Wildcat territory. The Tigers were on the verge of putting points of their own on the scoreboard, but Woods intercepted Troy Carter’s third-down pass and scampered 95 yards for a touchdown to give Edison a 13-0 lead with 5:12 remaining in the quarter.
“They were able to keep the momentum,” Ramsey said. “That made it hard to come back.”
Wellsville drove down the field on its next possession, but the Tigers turned the ball over in Edison territory. The visitors had the ball at the Wildcats 28, but Carter bobbled and fumbled the snap, and Edison recovered the ball at its own 30 to thrawt another Tiger drive.
Wellsville forced Edison to punt, and the Tigers once again drove the ball down the field. This time, Wellsville was able to punch it in as Carter plowed in from the 1 on a quarterback sneak. Casey Lemasters booted the extra point to make the score 13-7 with 9:14 left before halftime.
Edison answered on its next drive as Waggoner scored on a 6-yard run. Montgomery booted the PAT, enabling the Wildcats to extend their advantage out to 20-7. A key play on the drive was the 31-yard completion from Sinicropit to Woods that took the ball down to the Tiger 12.
After forcing Wellsville to punt on its next possession, Edison marched all the way down to the Tigers 1-yard line, but a fumbled snap brought ball back to the 4. The Wildcats settled for a 21-yard Montgomery field goal, making the score 23-7 with 1:54 still showing on the clock.
Wellsville had the ball just inside the 50 on their next ossession, but Ryan Higgs intercepted a pass to bring another Tiger drive to a disappointing conclusion.
McAfoose put the Wildcats on the board in the third quarter as he hauled in a 51-yard touchdown pass from Sinicropi, and Montgomery’s extra point split the uprights, making the score 30-7 with 3:42 remaining in the quarter.
Waggoner capped the scoring with a 27-yard run with 9:39 remaining in the game.
“We stressed that (finishing) a lot this week, and the kids finished,” O’Brien said. “They did a great job. They responded. They finished the game.”
The Wildcats are scheduled to play their third-straight opponent from the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference next week, as they host Jefferson County rival Toronto (1-1) at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, Wellsville is scheduled to play Malvern at 7 p.m. on the road.
Edison 36, Wellsville 7
Wellsville 0 7 0 0 — 7
Edison 13 10 7 6 — 36
EDISON: Sinicropi 43 run (Montgomery kick)
EDISON: N. Woods 95 interception return
WELLSVILLE: Carter 1 run (Lemasters kick)
EDISON: Waggoner 6 run (Montgomery kick)
EDISON: Montgomery 21 field goal
EDISON: McAfoose 51 pass from Sinicropi (Montgomery kick)
EDISON: Waggoner 27 run (kick fail)
RUSHING: Wellsville 51-190-1 (De. Suggs 28-151-1; Carter 3-3; Da. Suggs 8-(-3); Sarge 6-24; Tice 5-16; Krzyton 1-(-1)); Edison 34-242-3 (Sinicropi 12-96-1; Waggoner 14-98-2; Shrieve 5-52; Griffith 3-6).
PASSING: Wellsville 3-8-16-0-2 (Carter 3-7-15-0-2; Da. Suggs 0-1-0-0-0); Edison 3-7-87-1-0 (all by Sinicropi).
RECEIVING: Wellsville 3-16 (Da. Suggs 2-4; Burggess 1-11); Edison 3-87 (Kinney 1-5; Woods 1-31; McAfoose 1-51).
FIRST DOWNS: Wellsville 17; Edison 14
PENALTIES-YARDS: Wellsville 3-20; Edison 5-30
PUNTS-AVERAGE: Wellsville 3-34; Edison 2-33.5
FUMBLES-LOST: Wellsville 5-2; Edison 2-1