Blue Devils again rise to the occasion at Edgerton
That was the case again Friday night as Evansville continued its domination in the series with a convincing 42-19 Rock Valley North Conference win.
The Blue Devils (2-3, 1-2) have now won nine straight over the Crimson Tide and 14 of the last 16.
Edgerton (4-1, 2-1) fell behind early and had no answer up front. Evansville controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, finishing with 448 yards of total offense.
Despite an uncharacteristic 1-3 start, Evansville coach Ron Grovesteen knew his team was capable of playing at a higher level.
“The kids didn’t give up and had some fight left in them,” Grovesteen said. “We knew it would be a typical Evansville and Edgerton game, but we were fortunate to get of to a good start and set the tone early.
“We’ve struggled from the start in all our other games, so it was important to come out strong tonight.”
After forcing a punt on Edgerton’s opening drive, Dan Walczak found a seam on the punt return and scampered to the Crimson Tide 21. Tom Bjugstad capped the short drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.
The Blue Devils went 79 yards on their next possession to push the lead to 14-0, with Bjugstad scoring again on another 2-yard run. He added a two-point conversion run as Evansville took a two-touchdown lead with just over a minute left in the first quarter.
“They killed us up front,” Edgerton coach Mike Gregory said. “Obviously, you can’t win when that happens.
“We didn’t answer the bell, and the better team won tonight. In a game like this between two rivals, you can’t make the mistakes we made and not pay for it.”
Dalton Sendelbach pushed the lead to 21-0 at 6:40 of the second quarter on a 3-yard run. Sendelbach led all rushers with 169 yards on 30 carries as part of Evansville’s 302 rushing yards.
Edgerton’s Tyler Dobratz returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to 21-6 with five minutes left in the half, but Evansville responded as Bjugstad scored his third touchdown with 1:06 left to push the lead to 28-6.
“There’s still a lot of football left to play,” Gregory said. “We’ll see how we respond next week.”
EVANSVILLE 42, EDGERTON 19
Evansville 14 14 14 0—42
Edgerton 0 6 7 6—19
Scoring summary: Ev—Tom Bjugstad, 2 run (kick failed). Ev—Bjugstad, 2 run (Bjugstad run). Ev—Dalton Sendelbach, 3 run (Jacob Wollinger kick). Ed—Tyler Dobratz, 59 fumble return (kick failed). Ev—Bjugstad, 10 run (Wollinger kick). Ed—Tyler Oren, 26 run (Dobratz kick). Ev—Sendelbach, 2 run (Wollinger kick). Ev—Sendelbach, 5 run (Wollinger kick). Ed—Oren, 11 pass from Colin Gregory (pass failed).
Statistics: First downs—Ev 26, Ed 15. Rushes—Ev 50-302, Ed 20-132. Yards passing—Ev 146, Ed 197. Passes—Ev 16-10-0, Ed 27-15-1. Fumbles—Ev 3-3, Ed 1-1. Penalties—Ev 8-64, Ed 8-61.