Saturday, September 04, 1999

Edgewood 27, Ross 0

Fumble at 2 blunts Rams' 2nd-half push

Enquirer contributor

Edgewood's Bobby Gibson cuts up field past Ross' Dusty Philpot (45) and Aaron Ray (back) in the first quarter.
(Jeff Swinger photo)
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        Trailing just 13-0 at halftime despite giving up 280 yards of offense to Edgewood, Ross had to feel good about its chances Friday night.

        But a fumble on the 2-yard line on the Rams' first possession of the second half spoiled Ross' best scoring chance, and the Rams fell to rival Edgewood 27-0.

        Edgewood compiled huge first-half numbers behind the rushing trio of Dan Beiser and brothers Ryan and David White. Each of the three had 70 yards in the first half.

        But penalties stopped two other Edgewood drives, resulting in a punt and a missed field goal.

        “We had several situations where we didn't score when we had the opportunity,” Edgewood coach Steve Channell said. “Luckily, they didn't cost us.”

        Ross came out in the second half with new life.

Edgewood's Bobby Gibson reaches over Ross' Kevin Hutson for a long pass attempt.
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        “I felt like we were in a pretty decent situation at the half,” Rama coach Dick Ballard said. “We were fortunate to be down 13-0.”

        The Rams mixed things up on their first drive after the break, using a passing attack to open up the running game. Ross had driven the ball nearly 70 yards to the 4 when Brandon Bastin had the ball knocked loose from him on the 2.

        Bobby Gibson pounced on the ball for the Cougars. Ross' nightmare got only worse as Edgewood proceeded to take seven minutes off the clock while driving 98 yards down the field for a touchdown.

        The Cougars put six on the board with a 33-yard run by Ryan White.

        “Not only did we fumble the ball, but we let them go 98 yards for a touchdown,” Bal lard said. “We knew what they we're running. They spread the field so you have to guard your people, but our guys missed assignments.”

        Edgewood amassed 436 yards of total offense, 390 of which came on the ground on 60 carries. David White totaled 129 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.

        Ryan White added one touchdown and 149 yards on 25 carries. Beiser contributed 66 yards on 11 carries for the Cougars. Ross rebounded after gaining just 33 yards and no first downs in the first half.

        Edgewood ....... 7 6 0 14—27

        Ross ....... 0 0 0 0—0

        E—Osborne 5 run (Ballinger kick)

        E—D. White 4 run (kick failed)

        E—R. White 33 run (Wirtley pass from Osborne)

        E—D. White 19 run (kick failed).

        Records: Edgewood 2-0, Ross 1-1.


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