Kumler Field, Trenton, Ohio, was the sight of a week two battle between the Milford Eagles (0-2) and the Edgewood Cougars (2-0) and the atmosphere was electric. Playing in front of a packed house the Cougars came out running and never looked back in their 54-30 victory against the Eagles.
If Edgewood continues to control the ball and play the kind of defense we have seen in the first two contests this team may compete for a spot in the playoffs.
The Cougars David Jones returned the opening kickoff to the Edgewood 39-yard line and after an incompletion from Eric Pelfrey, AJ Pieratt ran up the middle for a 61 yard touchdown for the Cougars first score. After missing much of the second half with leg cramps, Pieratt, finished the night with 97 yards rushing on five carries and one touchdown.
Cy Overbeck, the 6-foot-6, 195-pound Eagle quarterback, was unable to get his team moving and after a three-yard sack and an incomplete pass, Overbeck was able to get Milford's first positive play from the line of scrimmage on a five-yard run up the middle. Still short of a first down the Eagles were forced to punt.
On their second drive the Cougars took only five plays to get back into the endzone on a three-yard run by Matt Barger, who would finish the night with 10 carries and 86 yards. Barger would also reach the endzone two additional times from two yards out and on a 14-yard run up the middle.
During the first half Milford was unable to get anything going as both Cade Williams and David DiSilvestro, the Eagles’ running backs, found it difficult to find any room to run. Williams and DiSilvestro combined for only 35 yards rushing in the first half. At the end of the first half the Cougars had an impressive 34-0 lead against the visiting Eagles.
However, Milford came out determined in the second half and had an impressive drive that went 80 yards in seven plays and ended when Overbeck rushed for a 20-yard touchdown around the left side and after the two point conversion the score was 34-8 Edgewood.
Edgewod in its relentless effort to start the season with a pair of wins took their first possession in the second half and matched the Milford score after Barger rumbled up the field for a 42-yard gain on third-and-long situation, keeping the drive alive. Mason Back also had a couple of big carries on the drive and would finish the night with 58 yards rushing on three carries and a couple of receptions that also helped set up scoring drives later in the game. Pelfrey capped off the drive on a five-yard touchdown scamper for Edgewood to make the score 41-8, Cougars.
Milford would go on to score three times in the fourth quarter on 229 yards of offense led by Overbeck and Williams as Edgewood gave their starters some well deserved rest. Edgewood would finish off their scoring by getting the ball into the endzone three more times once through the air on a fantastic 24 yard touchdown catch by Cody Hall in the endzone, a 9-yard touchdown run by David Jones and a 94-yard kickoff return by Drake Campbell. At the end of the contest the score was 54-30 in favor of the Cougars.
Next week the Cougars will face a tough foe in the Badin Rams. You can bet the atmosphere will once again be amazing as the Cougars under new head coach Scott Clemmons are beginning to look like the Cougars of old. The Eagles will look to get things on the winning side as they face off with Hamilton, they will need to give their best effort and play mistake free to do so.
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