Edmond helps St. Joe, 34-20

September 13, 1992|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Staff Writer

When star quarterback Buddy Edmond learned on Aug. 3 that he would be ineligible to play football just as he was entering his senior year at Patterson High School, he was frustrated.

But yesterday, Edmond was all smiles after helping his new school, Mount St. Joseph (1-1) to a 34-20 victory over visiting Pallotti (1-1).

Edmond, one of the area's top Division I college prospects, transferred to Mount St. Joseph on Sept. 3, after discovering that Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association rules would prevent him from playing at Patterson this year.

Under those rules, athletes are limited to four years of eligibility. City public schools joined the MPSSAA this year.

Edmond was ruled ineligible because he played one year of junior varsity and another three seasons of varsity at Patterson. He repeated his sophomore year after missing almost a half year from school recuperating from a gunshot wound.

Patterson coach Roger Wrenn appealed Edmond's case but the appeal was denied.

Yesterday after a slow start at quarterback that included an interception on his first pass attempt and negative yardage the next time he touched the ball, Edmond finished with 5-of-10 completions for 62 yards and one touchdown. He also had 32 yards rushing, ran for two scores and punted four times for an average of 29.

"I was nervous from the start," said Edmond, a first-team All-Metro selection as a punter last season by The Sun. "A different team, different surroundings, but the offensive line gave me all the time that I needed."

Much of the attention yesterday was on Edmond, overshadowing his new teammates, who also played well in downing a solid Pallotti team. Edward Pailen (90 yards rushing), David Sunderland (sack, blocked punt), and Jarmal Womble (68-yard punt return touchdown) all played key roles.

"Everything is beginning to click for us with Buddy," said Sunderland, a senior co-captain. "Our line did a great job and our backs really played well. We're starting to get it together and if we continue in the weeks to come, we're going to surprise a lot of people."

"The only thing you have to credit this team for and the previous starting quarterback [senior Sean Neal] is the fact that they have accepted him and his talents," said Mount St. Joseph coach Tim Perry.

"Buddy has accepted them also."

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