Edgerton caps off perfect conference season
EDGERTON—Lucas Gregory said losing to Evansville/Albany on Friday night would've made Edgerton's Rock Valley North championship a lot less meaningful.
The Crimson Tide hadn't beaten its longtime rival since 2001 and were in position to become the first Edgerton team since 1995 to go undefeated in conference play
Thanks to Gregory and the Barry Sanders-like skills of Ricky Williams, losing was never an option.
Williams and Gregory scored three touchdowns each to lead the Tide to a 42-7 win. Edgerton finished the regular season 8-1 overall, including a perfect 7-0 in the Rock Valley North.
The Crimson Tide ran all over the Blue Devils, finishing with 439 yards on the ground, including 248 from Williams.
Gregory said the win was extra special, especially for the seniors who had never beaten Evansville/Albany.
“When we first saw the schedule for this year and saw that this game was last, that's the one we had circled,” Gregory said.
“Coach (Mike Gregory) said that we needed to come out and throw the first punch and not sit back, and that's what we did.”
The Crimson Tide threw the first haymaker on its opening drive. Williams broke three tackles en route to a 50-yard touchdown run with 7:27 left in the first quarter. Edgerton then delivered the knockout blow with back-to-back scores early in the second quarter. Williams made it 14-0 at 10:18 of the second, and Gregory raced in from 22 yards out in perfectly executing the offense's “Tim Tebow package” to push the lead to 21-0 with 6:43 left in the half.
“You can't make mistakes against a championship team, and that's what we did,” Evansville/Albany coach Ron Grovesteen said. “We missed some tackles against their kid (Williams), but so do a lot of other teams that played against him. He's slippery and makes you pay if you don't wrap him up.”
Evansville/Albany, which slipped to 5-4 overall but is still playoff-bound, cut the lead to 21-7 when Nick Walczak scored on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Matt Sperry with 2:31 left in the half.
The second half was all Crimson Tide. Gregory had back-to-back touchdown runs out of the Tebow package to make it 35-7 with 4:18 left in the third quarter. Williams, who leads the state in rushing, capped off another spectacular game with a 54-yard scamper early in the fourth to make it 42-7 and force a running clock for the remainder of the game.
Edgerton coach Mike Gregory said celebrating the victory over Evansville and the conference championship will be short-lived with the playoffs looming.
“This is really sweet because I get to enjoy it all with a great group of kids,” Gregory said. “But at 1:30 this morning we find out what division we will be playing in and who is in that group. Then it's back to work.
“But this win and this conference championship is something I'll never forget. This is special.”
EDGERTON 42, EVANSVILLE/ALBANY 7