Members of the Marion-Franklin High School football team had reason to shout “this is our house” in pregame warmups at rival Eastmoor Academy, as the Red Devils had won 14 of the last 15 meetings.
The Warriors, however, let all the talk sink in and then poured on the points in a 47-0 victory on Sept. 28 to improve to 5-1 overall and take a firm grasp on the City League-South Division at 3-0.
The Red Devils fell to 4-2 and 2-1.
“All the talking got us pumped, for sure,” Eastmoor running back Savon Edwards Jr. said. “We wanted to come out and show what we’re all about. We put a lot into this game, and it means a lot to us, too.”
Edwards scored on touchdown runs of 1, 68 and 23 yards and finished with 188 yards on 20 carries. He led a Eastmoor running game that gained 274 yards and was one of four ball carriers to score.
“We expected a playoff-type atmosphere,” Eastmoor coach Jim Miranda said. “Challenging us before the game wasn’t a smart idea. Our kids responded. We just want to continue on and finish out strong. We control our own destiny.”
Two of the Warriors’ three second-quarter touchdowns were set up by fumble recoveries and the other followed a 19-yard punt that gave Eastmoor the ball at the Marion-Franklin 33.
Edwards showed his speed and elusiveness on the 68-yard touchdown run that gave the Warriors a 27-0 lead heading into halftime. He had 118 yards on 13 carries in the first half.
Four of Marion-Franklin’s drives ended with a turnover, including one in the second quarter that reached the Eastmoor 9, where Angelo Summerall lost the ball.
“We came out in the first quarter and were getting 7 yards a crack, then a couple mistakes here and a couple mistakes there, and it started snowballing,” Marion-Franklin coach Brian Haffele said.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final MARION-FRANKLIN 0 0 0 0 0 EASTMOOR ACADEMY
7 20 14 6 47
EA—Edwards Jr. 1 run (Ansu kick)
EA—Coleman 1 pass from Laster (Ansu kick)
EA—Long 33 run (Ansu kick)
EA—Edwards Jr. 68 run (kick failed)
EA—Edwards Jr. 23 run (Ansu kick)
EA—Coleman 4 run (Ansu kick)
EA—Grace-Sawyer 4 run (kick failed)