EDGERTON--The Edgerton Bulldogs defeated the Fairview Apaches for the first time in 15 seasons Friday night at Stauffer Field. The Bulldogs were able to hold off a second half rally by the Apaches to win 47-26.
After falling behind 27-6 in the first half, Fairview came out of the locker room with a new attitude. "Fairview is a good team and you can't be comfortable until the last seconds tick off the clock with that offense." stated Edgerton head coach Ben Wilhelm.
The Apaches fought their way back into the game and had cut the deficit to 40-26 late in the third quarter when junior quarterback Andy Guilford (23, 142, 3 TD) found pay-dirt on a 12 yard run. "At halftime we went in and made some adjustments and I think we came out and played with a lot of heart," said Fairview mentor Dave Robinson. In the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, the Apache defense stifled the Bulldogs ensuing drive and gave the offense good field position. The Bulldogs responed with some defense of their own and forced an Apache turnover on downs. "We got it back to 26 to 40 and made a huge stop on defense," stated Robinson. "A score on our next possession would have got us back into it but we couldn't get it done."
Edgerton pounded the ball down the field on their next drive. Senior running back Jimmy Radabaugh capped off the series when he plunged into the end-zone from two yards out. Radabaugh celebrated his 18th birthday by pacing the Bulldogs on offense with 156 rushing yards and five touchdowns. "Jimmy is a warrior," lauded Wilhelm. "He is a hard runner and tough to bring down. He is the type of guy you want on your side when its crunch time."
The Bulldogs sealed the victory when Brody Flegal intercepted a pass late in the fourth quarter. It marked Flegal's fourth pick of the game and the Bulldogs sixth. "This was a good confidence builder for us," Flegal stated. "We knew coming in Fairview was a good team but our coaches prepared us well and had a good game plan."
While the Apaches drop to 3-5 (3-2 GMC) on the year, the Bulldogs increase their record to 7-1 (5-0 GMC). Edgerton will face the Hicksville Aces next week in a matchup that will go a long way in deciding who will wear this years GMC crown.
"We haven't had an opportunity to see a whole lot of Hicksville yet," admitted Wilhelm. "Obviously their numbers are as good as anyone else's. They have a great senior class and great athletes in key positions."
While the Edgerton coaches prepare for the matchup, the Bulldog players are eager to play in what will surely be one of the marquis matchups of the year.
"I can't wait," stated an excited Radabaugh. "The coaches will have a good game plan and we are going to work hard in practice. It is probably the biggest game in the GMC so far this year."
First Downs 24 16
Rushing Yards 24-153 50-246
Passing Yards 290 180
Total Yards 443 347
Passing 29-54-1 15-19-1
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-2
Fairview 6 0 20 0 - 26
Edgerton 7 20 13 7 - 47
E - Flowers 31- yard pass from Flegal (Radabaugh kick).
F - Guilford 24-run (failed 2-point).
E - Radabaugh 20-run (Radabaugh kick).
E - Radabaugh 1-run (Radabaugh kick).
E - Radabaugh 1-run (failed kick).
F- Crites 7-yard pass from Guilford (failed kick).
E- Flegal 37 yard INT (Radabaugh kick).
F - Guilford 1-run (failed 2-point).
E - Radabaugh 3-run (failed kick).
F - Guilford 12-run (Valle 2-points).
E - Radabaugh 2-run (Radabaugh kick).
RUSHING: Fairview - Guilford 23-142; Valle 1-11. Edgerton - Radabaugh 31-156; Flegal 10-70; Richardson 6-16.
PASSING: Fairview - Guilford 29-56-1-290. Edgerton - Flegal 15-19-1-180.
RECEIVING: Fairview - Freudenberger 12-118; Valle 9-72; Crites 3-22; Tobin 2-53. Edgerton - Stark 6-80; Radabaugh 6-43; Flower 2-40.