The stands were packed from 6 pm until kickoff. The band had a terrific pregame performance. The freshman class won the top prize of the best float. There were fireworks. That last one took place on and off the field.
Friday night was the Edwardsburg Eddies homecoming game against the Three Rivers Wildcats. Edwardsburg is ranked first in Division 4 standings, while the Wildcats are ranked third. Both teams were 6-0 entering the night and tied atop the standings of the Wolverine Conference. Only one team would be left standing when the night was said and done.
Three Rivers took the opening drive and marched to the Edwardsburg 39 yard line where they turned it over on downs. The Eddies would counter with a 5 play drive of 61 yards. Their big play was when Chase Sager took the pitch around the right end and had a wall of blockers established down the sideline. He was able to run it into the end zone from 42 yards away putting the Eddies on top in the first quarter.
Edwardsburg would later have excellent field position as Quarterback Trey Harvey had a long run of 28 yards, however, it ended with a fumble. The Wildcats would take advantage and put together a drive that saw them enter the red zone. Jalen Heivilin was spot on most of the night, but on the 11th play for the Wildcats, he threw an interception to Bryce Blue. Blue was matched up against Bryce Morlan most of the night and held his own against the talented receiver. Blue would end the night with two INTs, and the INT in the second quarter with the defense having their back against the wall was a huge momentum swing.
Edwardsburg would take advantage of that red zone turnover. Their second play from the line of scrimmage saw Caden Goggins sneak out of the backfield and Trey Harvey lay the ball out perfectly for him, over the outstretched arms of the defender. Goggins would turn on the speed from there and raced it into the end zone from 82 yards away.
The Eddies would later go up 24-0 in the second quarter, but the Wildcats would not be kept out of the scoring column on this night. On Three Rivers sixth possession, Heivilin and company put together an 8 play, 83-yard drive. Junior Wide Receiver, Scott Schrader, was Heivlin’s favorite target on this drive and he ended it with a 10-yard TD reception.
Edwardsburg and Three Rivers would exchange some more blows in the second half. Harvey would find Goggins again, this time for a 15yd TD pass. Heivilin would answer in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Gavin Charvat. The Eddies would end the scoring with Harvey rushing it in from 10 yards away. The final score from Leo Hoffman Field in Edwardsburg was the Eddies 38 and Three Rivers 15.
Three Rivers was led by Heivilin who was 22/43 passing for 297 yards and two touchdowns. Parker Ellifritz rushed four times for 15 yards, and Garrett McDonald ran the ball four times for 5 yards. Schrader led the receivers with 8 receptions for 101 yards and 1 TD, and Charvat caught 7 passes for 52 yards and 1 TD. Next week the 6-1 Wildcats take on the 1-6 Allegan Tigers.
Edwardsburg was led by Quarterback Trey Harvey. Harvey rushed the ball 13 times for 126 yards and 1 touchdown. Many of his yards came on crucial 3rd and 4th down conversions. He also was 2/4 passing for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns. Goggins ran the ball 10 times for 72 yards and 1 score, while Sager carried the rock 12 times for 108 yards and a touchdown. Harvey as the player of the game. Next week the 7-0 Eddies travel to Vicksburg to take on the 3-4 Bulldogs.
*Photo’s taken by Jeff Douglas and used with his permission*
Three Rivers 0 7 0 8 – 15
Edwardsburg 8 16 6 8 – 38
6:51 – Chase Sager 41yd rushing TD (2pt ConverSchraderod) 8-0
7:37 – Harvey to Goggins 82yd TD pass (2pt Conversion Good) 16-0
2:49 – Goggins 22yd rushing TD (2pt Conversion Good) 24-0
:30 – Heivilin to Schrader 10yd TD pass (PAT Good) 24-7
3:10 – Harvey to Goggins 15yd TD pass (2pt Conversion Failed) 30-7
8:59 – Heivilin to Charvat 10yd TD pass (2pt Conversion Good) 30-15
6:34 – Harvey 10yd TD run (2pt Conversion Good) 38-15