McFarland runs down Edgerton
Along with trying to score against a tough McFarland football defense, which had only given up three touchdowns in the conference, a steady rain further curtailed Edgerton High’s spread offense.
It all added up to a 42-19 loss that handed the undefeated Spartans the undisputed Rock Valley North title and denied Edgerton a WIAA playoff berth.
The loss ended the Crimson Tide’s run of five straight postseason appearances berths, as Edgerton’s season ended at 5-4 record, but only 3-4 in the conference. Sixth-ranked McFarland improved to 9-0 overall and 7-0 in its first Rock Valley season.
“We ran into a very good team,” Edgerton coach Mike Gregory said. “They are the real deal. We couldn’t have gotten any worse luck with the weather. With our offense, the rain makes it awful, awful tough.”
Edgerton managed to match the Spartans by scoring on its opening drive. Bryan Gregory found a wide open Adam Gregory in the flat for a 10-yard touchdown pass, and Cal Lintvedt’s extra point made it 7-7 in the first quarter.
But the Tide couldn’t it up as the Spartans scored on six of their first seven possessions to pull away.
McFarland quarterback Casey Hagerty completed just five passes, but three went for touchdowns. Teammate Alec Carr ran in two more scores and had 96 yards on 17 carries.
Nick Schuepbach opened the game with a 6-yard touchdown run and had 142 yards on 13 carries as the Spartans finished with 295 yards on the ground.
“We have been successful running the ball,” McFarland coach Paul Ackley said. “A lot of that goes to the backs, but also to our offensive line.
“It’s one of those things, where the pieces are starting to fit. And you can’t ask for anything more than a 9-0 record and a conference championship.”
The only other highlights for Edgerton came in the fourth quarter as Trevor Kinnett broke through the McFarland defense to score on a 95-yard kickoff return, and Bryan Gregory scored on a 13-yard quarterback keeper to close the scoring.
Gregory finished his four-year career as the Edgerton quarterback with a school record 4,892 yards passing and 66 touchdowns after completing 7 of 18 for 66 yards. He threw for 1,668 yards this seaosn.
But the season and Gregory’s career ended on a sloppy night in the rain—against another tough opponent, no less.
“It’s tough, because you look at the combined records of the teams that beat us were 32-4,” Gregory said of the losses to Evansville (8-1), Jefferson (6-3), Walworth Big Foot (9-0) and McFarland (9-0).
“That’s a tough schedule. We finished with a winning record, so I am proud of our kids for that. That’s three ranked teams we lost to, and that’s tough on anybody. So I am very proud of our kids.”
McFARLAND 42, EDGERTON 19
McFarland 7 13 15 7—42
Edgerton 7 0 0 12—19
Scoring summary: M—Nick Schuepbach, 6 run (Sean Engelhart kick). E—Adam Gregory, 10 pass from Bryan Gregory (Cal Lintvedt kick). M—Alec Carr, 10 run (Engelhart kick). M—T.J. Klement, 4 pass from Casey Hagerty (kick failed). M—Lucas Schmitz, 24 pass from Hagerty (Schuepbach, pass from Hagerty). M—Schmitz, 21 pass from Hagerty (Engelhart kick). M—Carr, 5 run (Engelhart kick). E—Trevor Kinnett, 95 kickoff return (pass failed). E—B. Gregory, 13 run (run failed).
Statistics: First downs—M 18, E 11. Rushing—M 46-295, E 28-127. Yards passing—M 67, E 66. Passes—M 7-5-0, E 18-7-1. Fumbles—M 1-1, E 2-0. Penalties—M 7-51, E 2-20.
Last updated: 10:39 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012