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Wildcats celebrate home opener, senior night with huge win over CCHS

STIFF ARMING — Edison's Ethan Waggoner attempts to break free from Catholic Central's Nathaniel Stark during Friday's contest. Also shown is Edison's Gage Cline. -Joe Catullo

RICHMOND — Edison celebrated senior night and its first home appearance of the 2020 season by rolling to a 41-7 victory over Catholic Central Friday on Cartwright Memorial Field.

The now 3-1 Wildcats scored all their touchdowns on the ground and finished with 350 rushing yards. Sophomore quarterback Gage Cline found the end zone three times on runs of 17, 4 and 10 yards.

“I’m really proud of the guys,” Edison coach Shane O’Brien said. “It’s always nice to get a win on your senior night and come back and play on your home turf.”

Edison wasted little time taking control of the action. On its initial offensive series, O’Brien’s club marched 60 yards on five plays for a touchdown. It came on a nifty 17-yard run by Cline.

The quarterback capped the second Wildcat drive with a 4-yard run to make it 13-0 late in the opening period. Senior Tyler Shrieve scooted in from 10 yards away early in the second, and Edison led 20-0.

Central’s lone score came when Jack Rook recovered an Edison fumble in the Wildcat end zone. Cline’s third scoring run of the evening put the hosts ahead, 27-7, at the intermission.

In the second half, Edison got scores on a 21-yard run by junior Tyler Griffith and a 6-yard burst by sophomore Ethan Waggoner.

Waggoner carried the rock 24 times and collected 149 yards. Griffith finished with 81 on just six trips, while Cline added 44 on four carries. He also completed seven passes for 71 yards, giving Edison 421 total offensive yards.

“We moved the ball pretty efficiently and our game plan worked,” O’Brien said. “We missed some opportunities and made some mistakes (the Wildcats lost three fumbles), so there are plenty of things we need to clean up. Overall, however, we were a little more efficient offensively.

“Defensively, I thought we played great. We gave up a few plays, and our offense made us look bad by giving Central seven points. We played our best defensively when it mattered most.”

Central (0-4) did threaten several times during the game, but each time the Crusaders turned the ball over on downs.

“Give Edison credit, they did what they needed to do in order to win,” Central coach Anthony Agresta said. “We are growing up defensively and offensively. We are starting to learn how to do things better.

“We just have to keep improving, and we have to finish drives. Between the 20’s tonight, we were pretty darn good, but you have to be able to finish drives. That was a little disappointing. So, are we getting better every week? Yes. Are we satisfied with the results? Absolutely not.”

Central finished with 171 yards of offense. Senior quarterback Ryan Gorman completed 16 passes for 132 yards. Senior tight end Vince Carapellotti had eight catches for 70 yards, while senior receiver Isaac Hough caught five Gorman aerials for 50 yards.

UP NEXT

Central: Will celebrate its homecoming when Madonna visits Harding Stadium next Saturday.

Edison: Will stay at home next week, hosting Beaver Local on Friday for homecoming night.

“We host Beaver Local next week and East Liverpool in Week 6, so we have a couple of tough teams coming up,” O’Brien said. “We know Beaver Local will be well coached and a really good team. We are happy with the win, but we cannot be complacent. We still have things to clean up in order to be competitive next week.

“I’m really happy with where we are right now. We’re still a young team taking steps forward. Tonight was a big win to help boost our confidence especially coming off a loss. Going into two tough regular season games, we needed a good, sold win.”

Edison 41, Catholic Central 7

Central 0 7 0 0 — 7

Edison 13 14 7 7 — 41

EDISON — Cline 17 run (Montgomery kick)

EDISON — Cline 4 run (kick blocked)

EDISON — Shrieve 10 run (Montgomery kick)

CENTRAL — Rook recovered Edison fumble in end zone (Rook kick)

EDISON — Cline 8 run (Montgomery kick)

EDISON — Griffith 21 run (Montgomery kick)

EDISON — Waggoner 6 run (Montgomery kick)

RUSHING: Central 14-39 (Mullins 11-44; Gorman 2-(-3); Hilson 1-(-2); Edison 47-350-6 (Waggoner 24-149-1; Griffith 6-81-1; Shrieve 3-37-1; Marcino 5-25; C. McClurg 1-5; Cline 4-44-3; Cusick 1-9; T. McClurg 2-20; Team 1-(-21)).

PASSING: Central 16-36-132 (all by Gorman); Edison 7-10-71 (all by Cline).

RECEIVING: Central 16-132 (Carapellotti 8-70; Hough 5-50; Mullins 1-3; Dorsey 2-9; Edison 7-71 (Sanders 2-12; Shrieve 2-27; Griffith 1-12; Marcino 1-6; Jackson 1-4).

FIRST DOWNS: Central 11; Edison 22.

PENALTIES-YARDS: Central 8-53; Edison 6-65.

PUNTS: Edison 0-0; Central 3-38.

FUMBLES-LOST: Edison 3-3; Central 1-1.

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