Jefferson's ground game takes down Edgerton
Utilizing its strange double-wing formation, Jefferson continued on its march toward its first conference title since 1997 and erasing memories of the winless 2005 season.
Linse led the Eagles’ multi-faceted running attack, and Jefferson ground out a 21-0 victory over Edgerton in a key Rock Valley North game here Friday night.
The win kept the Eagles (5-1) in a first-place tie with McFarland at 3-1, while Edgerton (4-2) fell from a tie for the lead to 2-2.
“That was the game plan, to come down here, hit them and play smash-mouth football,” said Linse, who led the Eagles with 193 yards on 18 carries and had one touchdown.
Jefferson didn’t waste any time spoiling Edgerton’s homecoming. Behind its formation that has two backs bracketing the tackles and another situated a yard behind quarterback Lucas Smillie, the Eagles pounded away with a series of pitches, dives and sweeps.
On its opening series, Jefferson used 15 plays and nine minutes to cover 86 yards, all on the ground . It was capped by Matt Vogel’s 3-yard touchdown to set the tone.
“We talk about literally burning a whole quarter on a drive if we can,” Jefferson coach Steve Gee said. “That’s what we want to do. We want to keep their defense on the field. We want to burn out the clock, and we want to finish with a score.”
After working the plan to perfection and chewing up most of the 12-minute first quarter, Jefferson forced a three-and-out before marching on another long drive. This time, the Eagles went 92 yards in eight plays, highlighted by a 54-sweep from Linse around the right end to set another 3-yard touchdown from Vogel.
By halftime, Jefferson held an 11-1 advantage in first downs. The Eagles also had outgained Edgerton 217-10 and run 34 plays to 13 for the Crimson Tide.
“The line was blocking amazing,” Linse said.
Edgerton made its march in the second half behind Kyle Johnson, who led the Crimson Tide with 46 yards on 16 carries, and reached the Jefferson 5-yard line to open the third quarter. But a 3-yard loss, followed by a holding penalty, derailed the drive and ended Edgerton’s only threat.
After the Tide turned the ball over on downs at the Jefferson 16, the Eagles put together another seven-play drive. That included a 40-yard run from Linse before the senior finished off Edgerton with his 7-yard touchdown run.
“I think they were pretty deflated after we stopped them (to start the second half),” Gee said.
JEFFERSON 21, EDGERTON 0
Jefferson 6 8 0 7—21
Edgerton 0 0 0 0—0
Scoring summary: J—Matt Vogel, 3 run (kick failed) J—Vogel, 3 run (Vogel run). J—Linsey, 7 run (Tomczak kick).
Statistics: First downs—J 19, E 7. Rushing—J 51-332, E 32-120. Yards passing—J 0, E 6. Passes—J 2-0-0, E 7-1-0. Fumbles—J 0-0, E 0-0. Penalties—J 1-5, E 5-45.