Ricky Williams scores five times in Edgerton win
EDGERTON—Ricky Williams picked up right where he left off.
The Edgerton running back, the state’s leading rusher in 2013, took his first touch—a punt return—85 yards for a touchdown. It was the first of his five scores Friday night.
Williams’ final plunge, a three-yard burst with 22.8 seconds left, paved the way to a Crimson Tide victory. They outslugged a gritty New Glarus/Monticello team, 33-26, in a nonconference home victory.
“The first half we didn’t seem to know what we were doing, but we picked it up,” Williams said. “I’m proud of everybody on this team.
“We got the guys going and doing their job. And the fourth quarter was just ‘winning time.’”
On top of the punt return, Williams finished with 26 carries for 174 yards and four rushing touchdowns, and he also caught five passes for 100 yards.
And Edgerton needed every bit of that production in a back-and-forth game that saw three lead changes and a pair of tie scores.
“(Williams) is a pretty special kid,” Edgerton coach Mike Gregory said. “We rode him for the things that we had to do, and he got stronger as the game wore on.”
That was particularly impressive seeing as Williams was limited to seven carries in the first half, bothered by an ankle injury.
“That was a first-week smashing game, just two teams just battling it out,” Gregory said. “That’s a good football team that is going to give people a fit.”
Edgerton trailed 14-13 at halftime but emerged from the break and put together an eight-play, 67-yard drive where all of the yards came from Williams.
New Glarus/Monticello answered in one play, as quarterback Gavin Binger went 70 yards on the ground. He finished with 10 carries for 124 yards and threw for 139 and a touchdown.
With the game tied at 20 entering the fourth quarter, Williams scampered 20 yards with 9:35 remaining. But the Knights answered once again, a little more than four minutes later, on Trey Taylor’s nine-yard run to make it 26-26.
Edgerton took the ball from there and manufactured a picture-perfect drive. Senior Michael Smith hauled in a key 20-yard pass to set the Tide up inside the 10, and Williams did the rest. The drive ate up five minutes worth of clock, Williams capped it off with his final touchdown and the Knights were out of time.
“We had some kids step up,” Gregory said. “Smith is a senior who had a huge block on the third-quarter touchdown. (Quarterback Logan Hein) threw the ball OK.
“We said, ‘We’re going to find out what kind of football team we are.’ We were limping into halftime. … We’ve sold our kids on owning the second half, and I thought they responded.”
Williams and the Tide face another stiff nonconference test next week at Lodi.
EDGERTON 33, NEW GLARUS/MONTICELLO 26
New Glarus/Monticello 0 14 6 6—26
Edgerton 7 6 7 13—33
Scoring summary: E—Ricky Williams 85 punt return (Jacob Taylor kick). NGM—Tanner Hofer 14 pass from Calvin Binger (kick blocked). E—Williams 7 run (kick blocked). NGM—Binger 16 run (Dristen Kriebs run). E—Williams 6 run (Taylor kick). NGM—Binger 70 run (kick blocked). E—Wiliams 20 run (kick failed). NGM—Trey Taylor 9 run (try failed). E—Williams 3 run (Taylor kick).
Statistics: First downs—NGM 14, E 18. Rushes—NGM 37-207, E 40-204. Yards passing—NGM 139, E 120. Passes—NGM 11-5-0, E 12-6-0. Fumbles—NGM 0-0, E 1-1. Penalties—NGM 8-55, E 5-30.