PREP RECAP: Edgewood’s long winning streak ends
It took about 17 seconds for the new era of Edgewood Academy football to take shape.
Morgan Academy relied on a flea flicker for a touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage, setting the tone in a 46-0 rout of the overmatched Wildcats, Friday at Faulkner University.
The Senators’ win snapped Edgewood’s national-best 71-game winning streak dating back to a 13-12 loss to Glenwood School on Oct. 22, 2010. It marked the first time Edgewood has been shut out since a 33-0 loss to Bessemer Academy at home on Sept. 29, 2006 and the first time Edgewood has been shut out in a season opener since losing at home to New Life 16-0 on Aug. 25, 2000.
After that loss to New Life, Edgewood went three more games before finally scoring in a 1-9 season and the loss on Friday afternoon at Faulkner University’s John Mark Stallings Field bore a striking resemblance to that 2000 season.
With just one senior, three juniors and a sophomore on the 27-man roster that includes 15 eighth graders, the Wildcats’ schedule doesn’t get any easier, even with home-school opponent Hope Christian of Pelham visiting Edgewood next Friday.
Morgan Academy coach Josh Thacker took it easy on his former baseball coach, new Edgewood coach Eric Folmar, as the Senators built a 34-0 halftime advantage. Morgan set the tone in the first seconds of the game as Sam Brackin returned the opening kickoff 26 yards to the Edgewood 48 to set up a pass from halfback Gunnar Henderson to a wide-open Landon Davis for 48 yards and a touchdown.
A Morgan fumble killed the next possession, then the Senators marched 69 yards, using a 44-yard pass from Peyton Egbert to Ed Williams to set up Egbert’s 3-yard scoring run two plays later.
Edgewood fumbles resulted in scoring drives of 11 and 24 yards for a pair of Morgan touchdowns early in the second quarter and it was 28-0 three minutes into the second quarter.
Edgewood, which was held to minus 20 yards rushing in the first quarter, finally put together a drive of 14 yards over seven plays to kill the final 5:18 of the first half, picking up its second first down in the process. The Wildcats finished the first half with four total yards and minus 11 yards rushing.