High school football: Edgren makes it two in a row
The Robert D. Edgren Eagles hadn’t won consecutive football games for three seasons.
Woody Carter and Rickey Andersen ended that bit of dubious history Saturday.
Carter ran for two first-quarter touchdowns and Andersen intercepted a pass with 30 seconds left to boost the Eagles over Zama American 14-12.
Coupled with a 28-21 victory last week against American School In Japan, Edgren won back-to-back games for the first time since closing the 2001 season with three straight victories.
Also on Saturday, Guam High led 8-6 with seven minutes left, but surrendered a safety and a late TD run in falling to Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam defending champion George Washington 16-8.
Robert D. Edgren 14, Zama American 12: At Atsugi Naval Air Facility, Japan, Carter began the scoring with a 28-yard run on a broken play on the Eagles’ first series. He scored from the 1 later in the quarter after a bad punt snap by Zama gave Edgren first-and-goal.
“The breaks certainly helped us,” coach Jim Burgeson said. “But the offensive line was making some pretty big holes on that first drive. And the defense played extremely well.”
Edgren shut down Zama’s main cog on offense, running back Donovan Nance, so the Trojans turned to fullback Chris Johnson.
Johnson rushed for 128 yards on 16 second-half carries, and scored on runs of 40 and 15 yards to cut the gap to two points.
“I think we’ve found our fullback,” Zama coach Ron Geist said.
“When you have a guy like Nance, you just try to shut him down, which we did. He’s such a phenomenal athlete,” Burgeson said. “Their [Trojans] coaching staff was smart enough to pick somewhere else to attack.”
Zama had other chances. Nance had a long TD run called back on a penalty. On the game’s final drive, Zama got within 20 yards of the end zone before Andersen’s interception.
As if things weren’t bad enough for Zama (0-3), Geist took a header on the sideline when a handful of bodies flew out of bounds too close to him. He was hospitalized for lower back pain.
“We shut them (Eagles) down after the first period. Unfortunately … we made too many mistakes early,” Geist said.
It’s the first time Zama has opened with three straight losses since the Trojans’ winless 1999 season. Geist was at a loss as to how to turn it around.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I’ve been trying to figure it out.”
George Washington 16, Guam High 8: At Mangilao, Guam, Chris Hoyle gave the Panthers (1-2) the lead with a 63-yard punt-return touchdown and two-point conversion with about seven minutes left. The lead was short-lived, thanks to three late turnovers out of five total by Guam High.
One of them, a fumble out of the end zone by running back Dustin Lopez, tied it 8-8. On the next drive, quarterback Doug Bloom was intercepted by safety Mateo Matanane for 21 yards to the Panthers’ 6-yard line. From there, Jo-John Quinata gave the Geckos the lead for good with a TD run.
“We shot ourselves in the foot. We should have won this game. We have a very inexperienced team and it makes very inexperienced mistakes,” Panthers coach Tom Hildreth said.
He expressed pleasure with his team’s defensive play. “But we have to beef up our offense,” Hildreth said. “And we have to do a better job of rotating our players. In the fourth quarter, we had players getting beat because of the heat and humidity.”
Joey Chop led the Panthers with 63 yards on 15 carries. David Gogue paced the defense with five tackles and one sack.