(October 10th, 2014)-WEST UNITY: For the first time this season, the Edon defense held a team below 100 yards rushing.
Of course, the 43 team yards gained on the ground for the Cadets is a bit tainted by 5 sacks the Bombers made on sophomore quarterback Quinn Smith, subtracting 36 yards from Hilltop’s total. Even still, their inability to run the ball consistently played a role in the home town Cadets 42-14 loss on Friday.
Not only would a stronger running have solidified their offense, but it also would have allowed for the Hilltop boys to keep the ball away from the potent Bomber offense more effectively. As it so happens, the Cadets won the time of possession battle by just over seven minutes, 27:49 to 20:11. Yet, this had less to do with the Hilltop defense and more to do with Edon moving the ball down the field quickly, thanks in large part to their 197 rushing yards.
Not to mention a 71 punt return for a touchdown by Edon senior Kaden Sapp in the third quarter eliminated an entire drive from the Bombers time of possession.
Sapp, playing quarterback for the Bombers, had a good outing on Hilltop’s field, netting 146 yards and 3 touchdowns while going 9 for 18 passing. Though he did throw 2 interceptions as well. He also rushed the ball 12 times, managing 111 yards and another touchdown.
For his part, Smith had a strong game as well. Completing 8 of his 18 passes for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns. Nor did he turn the ball over. Those aforementioned sacks gave the agile sophomore -23 yards rushing, though.
Aside from Sapp, the leading rusher for the game was his teammate, Cameron Castillo. The senior running back claimed 46 yards on 9 carries, though most of them came on a breakaway 36 yard run for a score. On the other side, Chase Masters led the Cadet ground attack with 43 yards in 13 attempts.
Freshman Tyler Suboski shined in the Cadet passing game, hauling in 3 balls for 83 yards in a touchdown. The scoring reception was an electric 58 yard pass from a rolling Smith in the closing minutes of the game. For the Bombers, Preston Klingler made 5 receptions for 52 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a game changing score to end the half.
With just over two minutes to go in the first half, Quinn Smith connected with Mikel Burlew for a 34 yard touchdown, putting Hilltop on the board 22-7 with momentum on their side and the ball coming their way to start the third quarter. Yet the Bombers hastily marched down the field, ending their drive with a 7 yard touchdown pass from Sapp to Klingler on the last play of the half. After a two point conversion, Edon went into halftime enjoying a 30-7 lead, and Hilltop struggled for the remainder of the game.
Defensively, as previously mentioned, Edon was able to force some pressure on Smith. Trey Walz had 2 sacks on the evening, while Tyler Seaman, Heath Brown, and Jevi Brandt added a sack apiece as well.
Jalen Towers made 2 sacks of his own for the Cadets. Joe Shilling, Ryan Brooker, Mikel Burlew, and Quinn Smith each contributed a tackle for loss to the Hilltop defensive effort.
With a strong defensive performance, as well as controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, the Bombers were able to secure a much needed victory on the road. The young Cadets will have to bounce back quick, as they will make the trek to Gibsonburg this week. Edon will host Northwood.