Edgerton wins first playoff game since 1990
EDGERTON—A magical season continued Friday night for Edgerton High's football team.
The Rock Valley North champion Crimson Tide opened up WIAA postseason play with a 31-24 win over Jefferson in a Division 3 Level 1 game.
The playoff victory was the first for Edgerton since a 46-8 win over Milton in 1990. Edgerton (9-1) plays at unbeaten Monona Grove (10-0) in a Level 2 game next Friday night.
Ricky Williams was again the catalyst for Edgerton. The junior tailback, who leads the state in rushing, finished with 204 yards on the ground, including a pivotal 68-yard touchdown scamper on the first play of the second half.
Edgerton coach Mike Gregory said there wasn't much to complain about afterward.
“It was a great high school atmosphere worthy of a playoff setting,” Gregory said. “Jefferson's an awfully good football team, but we knew that coming in. And because we played them once already this year, they were able to take a couple things away from us.
“But this group of kids never ceases to amaze me. I've had some good teams over the years, but for this group to get the school's first playoff win since 1990 says a lot about them.”
The game was tied 10-10 at half. Edgerton received the kickoff to start the second half, and Williams made Gregory's choice to defer after winning the coin flip before the game a smart one. The 5-foot-6, 140-pound speedster found a small hole on a sweep left, cut back inside and raced untouched for a 68-yard score.
“That was huge for us because it came against the wind and really set the tone for the second half,” Gregory said of William's run. “And once we got the lead to two scores in the fourth quarter, we forced Jefferson to do some things (offensively) that they didn't want to.”
Williams pushed Edgerton's lead to 24-10 with a 3-yard TD run with 11:23 left to play. Jefferson, which finished 7-3, cut the lead to 24-17 on Cody Stelse's 4-yard touchdown run with 6:13 left. Edgerton answered with Lucas Gregory's 7-yard burst up the middle off of Edgerton's Tim Tebow Package that made it 31-17 with 2:02 remaining.
The Crimson Tide will take a big step up in class against Monona Grove. The Silver Eagles are the top-seed in the eight-team bracket and have one of the best defenses in the state.
“We know what's ahead of us but excited about the challenge,” coach Gregory said. “Our offense has been able to move the ball on everybody we've played this year. We got 21 points against Lodi in the second game and they've only allowed three touchdowns since then.
“This team has proven it can play with anybody. Now we'll see how we stack up against one of the best teams in the state.”