Edgewood scores four unanswered touchdowns against No. 10 Springwood

Published 12:06 am Saturday, September 8, 2018

LANETT — The direction of a game can change in an instant.

The narrative of No. 10 Springwood losing to Edgewood 44-13 went down differently than the scoreboard tells it.

Springwood only trailed by a single touchdown early on in the game before Edgewood scored four consecutive touchdowns on the night.

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“We just had a hard time hemming them up,” Springwood School head football coach John Gartman said.

Senior running back Dylan Anderson ended the night with 39 rushing yards after gaining 40 net yards in the first half. Sophomore running back O.J. Tolbert finished the night with 34 rushing yards. Anderson and Tolbert were instrumental for the Wildcats in the team’s 2-0 start this season.

On the defensive side of the ball, senior Chalyb Lenker led the Wildcats with eight tackles. Senior Mitchum Smith recovered a fumble as well. Trent Craft contributed seven tackles in the effort as well.

The Wildcats had a target on its back coming in as a ranked team this week.

After a Springwood turnover in the second quarter, a fan from the Edgewood sideline shouted out “No. 10 in the state, boys!” to the crowd. Gartman said he didn’t believe the ranking had anything to do with the outcome and that the team was just simply outplayed and outcoached this week.

Gartman left the team with optimism on Friday night.

“You learn more about yourself by how you respond to adversity,” he said. “We will get back to work on Monday.”

The Wildcats will travel to face Autauga Academy next Friday. The Generals were 1-1 heading into Friday night.