Wildcats tame the Panthers

Edison’s Noah Woods rushes against Buckeye Local on Friday. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

RICHMOND — In a much anticipated matchup between Jefferson County rivals, the Edison Wildcats delivered its best performance of the 2017 season to top Buckeye Local, 42-19, and send the fans home happy from the team’s first game at Cartwright Memorial Stadium in nearly a month.

“It was exciting to play in front of our home crowd,” Edison coach Nate Moses said. “There was a lot of hype leading up to this game. We told the kids in the locker room before the game that we had one goal tonight. That was to go 1-0 tonight, and they came out and did the job. We put together a complete game on both sides of the ball and on special teams.”

Sophomore quarterback Noah Woods, who split time running the offense with senior Kenny Cranston, rushed for three scores and 75 yards on 15 carries and threw for another 26-yard touchdown.

Senior running back Seth Cade has been at the center of the Wildcats (2-7) offense when it has had success, and Friday was no exception. He scored three total touchdowns between rushing and receiving. He racked up 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 carries, while hauling in two catches for 25 yards and was the Wildcat that hauled in the Woods toss for a score.

“It’s no surprise what we are trying to do,” Moses said. “We are trying to get our playmakers the ball, guys like Seth Cade the ball in space. He played really well for us tonight and ran the ball hard. Noah played really well for us tonight and really did well making reads. He knew when to give it, and he knew when to pull it back in and he made some really nice runs.”

For the Panthers (0-9), it was a familiar problem that put them in a 28-0 whole at the half. Buckeye Local turned the ball over five times in the game, four of which came in the first two quarters, and resulted in 21 of Edison’s first half points.

Buckeye Local did have a better second half, outscoring the Wildcats 19-14 in the final 24 minutes, but the hole was already dug way too deep.

“It’s the same as the last eight; we keep beating ourselves,” Buckeye Local coach Roger Herbert said. “That second half I thought we played well. We’ve got to put four quarters together or it will be the same result (next week).”

Edison stays at home to close the season with a Thursday night game against Indian Creek. Buckeye Local also finishes up at home, taking on Harrison Central at World War II Memorial Stadium on Friday.

Edison 42, Buckey Local 19

Edison 14-14-14-0 — 42

Buckeye Local 0-0-6-13 — 19

E: Woods 8 run (Montgomery kick)

E: Cade 14 run (Montgomery kick)

E: Woods 8 run (Montgomery kick)

E: Woods 4 run (Montogomery kick)

B: Marelli 26 pass from Christian (pass failed)

E: Cade 26 pass from Woods (Montgomery kick)

E: Cade 61 run (Montgomery kick)

B: Marelli 24 pass from Christian (run failed)

B: Christian 3 run (Kovach kick)

RUSHING: Edison 45-269-5 (Cade 18-154-2; Woods 15-75-3; Pappas 5-12; Waggoner 4-29; Cranston 3-(-1)). Buckeye Local 16-22-1 (Christian 6-4-1; Marelli 5-(-2); Dulesky 3-20; Smith 2-0).

PASSING: Edison 3-9-31-1-1 (Cranston 2-5-5-0-1; Woods 1-3-26-1; Cade 0-1-0). Buckeye Local 19-35-265-2-3 (Christian 18-34-265-2-2; Richardson 0-1-0-0-1).

RECEIVING: Edison 3-31-1 (Cade 2-25-1; Rohall 1-6). Buckeye Local 19-265-2 (Marelli 8-165-2; Dulesky 4-48; Majewski 2-19; Jacob Zanes 3-7; David Zanes 1-14; Weaver 1-8).

FIRST DOWNS: Edison 14. Buckeye Local 12.

FUMBLES-LOST: Edison 1-0. Buckeye Local 3-2.

PUNTS-AVERAGE: Edison 3-40. Buckeye Local 1-37.

PENALTIES-YARDS: Edison 11-87. Buckeye Local 6-56.