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Wildcats welcome Red Devils to Cartwright

October 4, 2012
By FRED YOUNCE - Sports writer ( , The Herald-Star

RICHMOND - Things get no easier for the Edison Wildcats.

Seven days after Harrison Central wore them out in the second half of a 35-21 Huskies victory, the Wildcats host 6-0 St. Clairsville at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cartwright Field.

"This is one of the best teams we have faced in my seven years here," said Edison head coach Mike McKenzie. "We played Steubenville in '06, the year they won their second straight state title, but other than that there probably isn't a team that compares. They're an elite team."

The Red Devils have lived up to the hype through six weeks, scoring 295 points in six games, averaging just over 49 points per outing.

"They have a lot of different weapons they can beat you with," said the coach. "They have good linemen. They have a ton of weapons led by Monteroso, Marhefka, Ferns, Brown. Kinnick is an excellent thrower and runner. They are as complete a team as I've seen in my seven years here."

St. Clairsville can score from anywhere on the field, as well as on defense or returning a kickoff or a punt. It is No. 1 in Division IV, Region 15 and No. 7 in the Associated Press state poll.

The Red Devils had five scoring drives that lasted three plays or less en route to a 58-14 victory against the Big Reds last week.

"We talked all week about not being able to give up the eight-second touchdown drive and we gave them up,'' Davis said. "Our season is nowhere near over and we've got to regroup and get back to work.''

Davis and the rest of the Big Reds might have nightmares about Red Devils junior speedster Jaylon Brown, who ran around and through the defense to a tune of 224 yards on 19 carries with five touchdowns. Brown also got involved in the passing game by hauling in three catches for 99 yards and another touchdown.

Brown finished 323 yards of offense and six touchdowns.

"Jaylon is really coming into his own,'' Red Devils coach Brett McLean said after the game.

Kinnick completed 11 of 19 passes for 233 yards. He was picked off for the first time this season when Nick Patrone pilfered an aerial in the first half.

The Wildcats were led last week by quarterback Nolan Marcus with 146 passing yards, 55 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

"We have to keep getting first downs," said McKenzie, "find some seams here and there. The (Corey) Ernst kid is as good a defensive lineman as we'll face. Ferns is a Division I linebacker, but the (Luke) Smith kid is very good as well. They have a lot of speed. We need to create seams, get first downs, and keep the clock moving."