Huskies shut down Edison

Harrison Central’s DeJuan Caldwell looks for a receiver against Edison on Friday. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

CADIZ — It has not been the season the Harrison Central Huskies and head coach Justin Kropka hoped for, but Friday night’s 41-0 shutout of the Edison Wildcats on homecoming night was the performance they’ve been waiting for.

“We’ve won a few homecoming games in a row now,” he said. “That is something that is important to us. I’m glad we were able to do that for our seniors.”

Senior quarterback DeJuan Caldwell led the way for Harrison Central (2-5), rushing for 94 yards and a pair of touchdowns while completing 7-of-9 passes for 73 yards and another score.

“DeJuan is kind of coming into his own there at quarterback,” Kropka said. “Every week he gets a little bit better. He grows a little bit every week and does a real nice job for us.”

Junior running back Tyler West added another 122 yards and two scores on 15 carries, and senior receiver Caden Arbaugh hauled in five passes for 42 yards and a TD.

“They came out and beat us in every aspect of the game,” Edison coach Nate Moses said. “Give Harrison a lot of credit. We didn’t come out ready to play, and you can put that on me. It’s my job to get them ready.”

Edison (1-6) was coming off of its first win of the season last week at Oak Glen but were unable to carry over any momentum as they compiled just 96 yards of offense, the majority of which came on the team’s final drive after the game had long since been decided. Senior Seth Cade, who had 306 rushing yards against Oak Glen, was limited to just three yards on 12 carries and one catch for five yards.

“They beat us up front physically and with their speed,” Moses said. “We just couldn’t match it.”

Caldwell scored on runs of 38 and 9 yards in the first quarter to put the Huskies on top early. West punched one in from the 1 late in the first quarter for his first, then broke free for a 16-yard scoring run in the second quarter to extend the lead.

Caldwell connected with Arbuagh from 6 yards out just before halftime to make it a 35-0 lead at the break, and sophomore Tucker Coultrap capped the scoring with a 1-yard run after he broke lose for 55 on the play before early in the fourth quarter.

Harrison Central is home again next Friday against Oak Glen. Edison travels to face Steubenville Catholic Central on Saturday.

Harrison Central 41, Edison 0

HC: 21-14-0-6 — 41

E: 0-0-0-0 — 0

HC: Caldwell 38 run (Positano kick)

HC: Caldwell 9 run (Positano kick)

HC: West 1 run (Positano kick)

HC: West 16 run (Positano kick)

HC: Arbaugh 6 pass from Caldwell (Positano kick)

HC: Coultrap 1 run (Mitchell run failed)

RUSHING: Harrison 30-279-5 (West 15-122-2; Caldwell 9-94-2; Coultrap 5-42-1; McAfee 1-1; Mitchell 1-(-1)). Edison 33-66 (Shrieve 7-32; Pappas 4-16; Cade 12-3; Cranston 4-3; Waggoner 1-0).

PASSING: Harrison 7-9-73-1-0 (all by Caldwell). Edison 3-17-30-0-4 (Cranston 3-16-30-0-4; Shrieve 0-1).

RECEIVING: Harrison 7-73-1 (Arbaugh 5-42-1; Elias 1-19; Dalton 1-12). Edison 3-30 (Hanning 1-25; Cade 1-5; West 1-0).

FIRST DOWNS: Harrison 16. Edison 9.

FUMBLES-LOST: Harrison 0-0. Edison 1-1.

PENALTIES-YARDS: Harrison 7-70. Edison 4-36.

PUNTS: Harrison 2-38.5. Edison 5-33.4.