Late score lifts Holliday past Edgewood

The Edgewood Bulldogs gave the 8th ranked Holliday Eagles everything they could possibly want and more Nov. 24, dueling down to their Area round matchup. In the end, a late score and timely defensive stop would prove to be the difference as Holliday turned back Edgewood’s upset bid to score a 23-20 win over the Bulldogs.  

Edgewood took possession of the football to open the game, taking advantage of a miscue by the Holliday return team to take possession of the ball at the Eagle 35-yard line. The Bulldogs picked up a combined 20 yards on their first two plays from scrimmage, getting runs of eight and 12 yards from Carter Bates.

After struggling to pick up yardage on their next two plays, Edgewood kept the chains moving on an 11-yard completion from Trey Erwin to Brayden Allen to reach the Eagle four-yard line. Facing a third and goal situation following two Trey Erwin quarterback keepers, Edgewood capped their first drive with a two-yard touchdown run by Carter Bates with 8:16 to play in the first quarter. Erwin successfully ran the ball into the end zone on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt, giving the Bulldogs an 8-0 lead early in the opening frame.

Holliday recovered the game's second kickoff by the Bulldogs, taking possession of the football at midfield. Edgewood's defense stood tall after allowing a quick first down by the Eagles, stiffling the Holliday offense to force a punt.

Edgewood began its second drive of the night deep in their own territory, taking possession of the ball at their own one-yard line. Trey Erwin picked up 16 yards on first down, moving the Bulldogs out from the shadow of their own goal line. 

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