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Weir keeps playoff hopes alive, Edison winless

RUNNING THROUGH — Weir High’s Jamari Bass rushes through Edison’s defense on Friday. -Andrew Grimm

RICHMOND — Weir High got back on track and showcased its explosive offense Friday night, defeating Edison, 53-7, at Cartwright Field.

“We were very explosive offensively,” Weir High head coach Tony Filberto said. “We had a lot of big plays and a lot of things going our way. The bunch we have is pretty explosive. I was happy with the way our kids responded with our backs against the wall.

“I thought Edison played us pretty well in the first half. It just got away from them in the second half.”

Senior Sebastian Spencer led the way with a monster performance, scoring six total touchdowns three different ways. He went 4 of 5 passing for 124 yards and two scores, ran for 75 yards and three more six pointers, also catching a 22-yard touchdown from Anthony Dimatteis.

“He’s pretty explosive and pretty impressive,” Filberto said. “He’s a great football player.”

The Red Riders (4-4) totaled 339 yards of offense and scored in all three quarters.

“In the first half, we were able to do some good things,” Edison head coach Shane O’Brien said. “They just have a lot of speed, a lot of great athletes and had a lot of explosive plays. We said going into the game the key was going to be to stop the explosive plays, and we weren’t able to do that.”

The first two Weir offensive snaps went for scores.

Spencer connected with Zak Wypasek on a crossing route, and he broke free for 51 yards to open the scoring.

After the Red Riders blocked a punt, Spencer ran for a 25-yard score to make it 12-0.

The Wildcats (0-8) hung with Weir High early, pulling to within five points at 12-7 with a Noah Woods to Logan Hanchin pass, capping an 18-play drive early in the second quarter.

That, however, would be all the offense Edison could produce.

Jamari Bass, who had another big night for the Red Riders with 75 yards on just six carries, broke for a 39-yard touchdown run, making it 19-7.

Jordan Brueck recovered an Edison fumble, then Spencer went 36 yards to the house to make it 26-7, which was the score at halftime. The Weir offense only needed 10 plays to score four times.

On the first possession of the second half, Spencer threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to DiMatteis. Then the Red Riders recovered a squib kick, and Spencer ran for a 12-yard score to quickly make it 40-7.

After an Edison interception, DiMatteis’ only pass of the game went for a 22-yard score to Spencer.

Logan Walters added an 11-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter after the jayvees came in and the running clock rule was in effect to cap the scoring.

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(Grimm can be reached at agrimm@heraldstaronline.com)

Weir High 53, Edison 7

Weir High 12-14-21-6 — 53

Edison 0-7-0-0 — 7

W: Wypasek 51 pass from Spencer (kick failed)

W: Spencer 25 run (pass failed)

E: Hanchin 16 pass from Woods (Montgomery kick)

W: Bass 39 run (Reitter kick)

W: Spencer 36 run (Reitter kick)

W: DiMatteis 30 pass from Spencer (Reitter kick)

W: Spencer 12 run (Reitter kick)

W: Spencer 22 pass from DiMatteis (Reitter kick)

W: Walters 11 run (run failed)

RUSHING: Weir High 28-193-5TD (Spencer 7-75-3TD, Bass 6-75-TD, Walters 7-29-TD, Yobaggy 4-8, Brueck 3-8, Ringer 1-(-2), Edison 40-43 (Griffith 12-36, Woods 16-11, Marcino 1-1, Cline 4-(-10), Miller 3-9, West 3-3, Flenniken 1-(-7).

PASSING: Weir High 5-6-146-3TD (Spencer 4-5-124-2TD, DiMatteis 1-1-22-TD), Edison 9-13-70-TD-2INT (Woods 9-12-70-TD-INT, Cline 0-1-0-INT).

RECEIVING: Weir High 5-124-3TD (McUmar 2-43, Wypasek 1-51-TD, DiMatteis 1-30-TD, Spencer 1-22-TD); Edison 9-70-TD (Hanchin 5-42-TD, Miller 1-7, Parsons 2-16, Hughes 1-5).

FIRST DOWNS: Weir High 4; Edison 7.

PENALTIES-YARDS: Weir High 5-30; Edison 4-30.

FUMBLES-LOST: Weir High 3-1; Edison 3-2.

PUNTS: Weir High 0; Edison 1-25.

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