Saturday, November 06, 1999

Edgewood 63, McNicholas 28




BY DAVE SCHUTTE
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Edgewood's David White runs for a TD.
(Ernest Coleman photos)
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        TRENTON — The Edgewood Cougars rolled to an easy 63-28 victory over the McNicholas Rockets Friday in a Division II first-round playoff game at Edgewood Stadium.

        Brothers David and Ryan White were a two-man wrecking crew. Besides combining for seven touchdowns, the duo rushed for 299 total yards.

        Edgewood's superior speed was the difference.

        “They had too much speed and we couldn't simulate it in practice,” McNicholas coach John Rodenburg said. “They're a good offensive football team.”

        Although the Cougars average only 195 pounds on the offensive line, the Edgewood runners were through the holes before the Rockets defenders could blink.

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White falls into the end zone despite the efforts of McNick's Nick Erdy.
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        David White, who rushed for 151 yards in 13 carries, knew speed would be the difference.

        “Speed is what we're all about,” White said. “The offensive line was outstanding as they have been all year. They open the holes and we run through them.”

        Quarterback Brandon Osborne's trickery with the ball also gave McNicholas problems. At times, it was difficult to detect who had the ball and on the third TD, Ryan White was in the end zone before the officials realized the location of the ball.

        Osborne credited his father, Terry, with his with his success.

        “Dad was the quarterback at Edgewood years ago and he's worked with me for years,” Osborne said. “He taught me how to hide the ball, and the dark blue uniforms tonight made it easier to hide.”

        Primarily a running team, Edgewood coach Steve Channell stuck with the ground game throughout, putting the ball in the air only four times. Osborne completed only three passes for 67 yards.

        “I have to compliment our offensive line again tonight,” Channell said. “They dominated the game, but it helps when you have speed. It was clear tonight speed was the difference.”

        Edgewood gained 496 yards rushing and 67 passing while racking up 27 first downs.

        McNicholas picked up 78 yards rushing and 336 passing, with quarterback Bryan Cupito completing 24 of 39 passes.

        The Courgars set the tone for the game at the start. After stopping the Rockets on four plays, forcing a punt, they took over on their own 20 with 10:26 remaining in the first quarter.

        It took Edgewood only seven plays to drive 80 yards with David White scoring from 35 yards out. Josh Robertson's kick made it 7-0.

        The Edgewood defense forced a McNicholas punt which rolled out of bounds on the Cougar 43. Seven plays and 57 yards later, the score was 14-0 with David White scoring on a 13-yard run.

        A McNicholas fumble recovered by Matt Moore at the Rocket 23 set up the third TD of the quarter, a 22-yard run by Ryan White for a 21-0 first-quarter advantage.

        The first half statistics point to Edgewood's dominance. The Cougars rushed for 269 yards on 25 carries while McNicholas managed 36 yards rushing and 134 passing.

        Edgewood advances to the regional semifinals next Friday against the winner of the Chillicothe-Dayton Carroll game at a neutral site to be announced Sunday by the OHSAA.

        McNicholas ....... 0   7   7  14—28

        Edgewood ....... 21  14  21   7—63

        E—D. White 35 run (Robertson kick)

        E—D. White 14 run (Robertson kick)

        E—R. White 22 run (Robertson kick)

        E—R. White 41 run (Robertson kick)

        M—Polaneczky 24 pass from Cupito (Tilford kick)

        E—D. White 2 run (Robertson kick)

        E—Beiser 5 run (Robertson kick)

        M—Schneider 30 pass from Cupito (Tilford kick)

        E—R. White 10 run (Robertson kick)

        E—D. White 5 run (Robertson kick)

        E—Fliehman 5 run (Robertson kick)

        M—Moore 3 run (Tilford kick)

        M—Moore 36 pass from Cupito (Tilford kick)

        Records: Edgewood 11-0, McNicholas 7-4.

        Attendance: 4,500

       



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Bellbrook 30, Purcell Marian 15
Centerville 35, Mason 31
Cincinnati Country Day 33, Mechanicsburg 7
- Edgewood 63, McNicholas 28
Elder 14, Oak Hills 0
Huber Heights Wayne 18, Fairfield 14
Indian Hill 26, Madeira 14
Ironton 28, Wyoming 14
Kings 32, Vandalia Butler 23
Lebanon 17, Springboro 0
New Richmond 42, London 32
St. Xavier 49, Moeller 32
Twin Valley South 25, Batavia 20
Wheelersburg 30, Badin 7
Beechwood 44, Raceland 12
Bellevue 55, Paris 20
Garrard County 28, Newport 27
Highlands 68, Anderson County 14
Holmes 41, Franklin Co. 25
Lou. Fern Creek 12, Boone Co. 0
Ludlow 37, Nicholas County 24
Newport Central Catholic 35, Berea 13