Edgewood takes ’sloppy’ season opener over Hooper
Jackson Tate had an 81 yard kickoff return in Edgewood’s win over Hooper Academy last Saturday. (Photo by Art Parker)
By Art Parker
With less than two minutes before halftime one would never have guessed that Edgewood Academy would defeat Hooper Academy, 57-27, on Saturday at Faulkner’s John Mark Stallings Field.
With 1:35 remaining in the first half the Colts went in the wrong direction and the Wildcats took full control and secured their 32nd consecutive victory.
“We are replacing 16 seniors and we are going to make some young mistakes. I think we should be much better midway in the season,” Edgewood head coach Bobby Carr said.
Edgewood was not the well-oiled machine in the victory. The Wildcats were full of youthful mistakes.
Down 14-0, Jackson Tate return a kickoff 81 yards to start the Wildcats’ comeback. The Josh Crawford show began after that when he intercepted a Hooper pass and a couple of plays later scored his first touchdown to level the score.
In the last minute and 35 seconds of the first half the Wildcats recorded on a safety and scored a touchdown on a Crawford run.
Hooper notched a big play from scrimmage following the Edgewood kickoff and made it deep into Wildcats territory. An attempted field goal was partially blocked and the ball fell into the hands of Crawford who dashed 80 yards to the end zone as the buzzer sounded to end the first half. The Wildcats took a 31-14 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Wildcats quarterback Taylor Hawthorne connected with W.B. Hill early into the third quarter for another Edgewood score.
In the fourth quarter Hawthorne zipped a touchdown pass to Daniel Green and, after a Gibson interception, Hawthorne ran into the end zone to make the score 51-27.
Jake Sisson finalized the scoring when he went through the right side of the Hooper line untouched for 44 yards with a couple of minutes remaining.
There are concerns for the Edgewood coaching staff but many mistakes were also expected. Carr left with a positive feeling.
“They overcame adversity. They were down 14-0 at the end of the first quarter and they came back to score 57 points and win by 30 points. They showed me the one thing you want in a ball team and that is character,” Carr explained.
Edgewood will face Evangel Christian in its first region game on Friday. Hooper will open its home schedule against Kingwood Christian. Both games kick at 7 p.m.