Special to The Gardner News
A combination of five turnovers, an injury to their star running back, and a terrific opponent were too much for Gardner Edgerton to overcome in EKL action last Friday night.
Facing off against top ranked Bishop Miege on the road, the Blazers battled back from a 20-0 deficit to make a game of it before falling 37-20.
“We played an awfully good football team,” said head coach Marvin Diener after the game.
The Stags are very talented indeed featuring Division I talent on both sides of the ball.
Montell Cozart –Miege’s all state quarterback-threw two touchdown passes in the first half which added to an eight yard scoring run to give the Stags a 20-0 cushion at the break.
GE’s Treavohn Wrench, nursing an injured toe, had limited carries which greatly affected the Blazer offense.
“We’ll get our running game going and get Tre healthy again,” said Diener.
Because of the diminished running attack, GE went to the air to get back in the game.
Get back in the game they did.
Quarterback Jared Hobby hit Jaylon Radel on a 29-yard scoring pass and Denton Lawrence intercepted a Cozart pass and took it back 20 yards to pay dirt to cut the Stag lead to just 20-14 late in the third period.
Miege responded with a field goal to go up 23-14 entering the final quarter.
The Stags added to that lead on a 44-yard fumble return for a touchdown early in that frame. That was one of five turnovers for GE on the night.
“When you’re down 20 points you have to play a high risk game and sometimes that leads to turnovers,” said Diener.
But again with their backs to the wall, the Blazers battled back.
Hobby, who would finish with 226 yards of passing, found Deonte Kendrick in the end zone for a five yard scoring strike to pull GE to within 10 at 30-20 with about three minutes to play in the game.
A successful two point try would make it a one score game.
That two-point try was no good and Miege erased all doubt by scoring on their next possession to account for the 37-20 final.
“The way we played in the second half-that’s something we can build on,” said Diener
Next up for the Blazers will be a home tilt on September 14 against Blue Valley Southwest.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
GE Blazers fall to Bishop Miege