Wreck, mud, move aside, Edmondson beats Patterson late

20-14 win makes Pompey city's winningest coach

Football

High School

October 12, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Please excuse Pete Pompey's sixth-ranked Edmondson football team for not playing well yesterday at No. 15 Patterson: His Red Storm had had a long day.

A downpour rendered unplayable the scheduled site of Utz Twardowicz Field in Patterson Park, forcing a change to Patterson itself for a game that matched Baltimore's winningest coaches, Pompey and Roger Wrenn. Edmondson's Senior Day celebration distracted veteran players. And a pre-game fender-bender involving the team bus -- no injuries reported -- delayed the game's scheduled 3:30 p.m. start for nearly 90 minutes.

But the Red Storm (6-0) overcame the distractions, a muddy field, intermittent rain and a 14-0 halftime deficit to score a 20-14 nonconference victory.

"It seemed like whatever was going to go wrong did go wrong, but our kids showed outstanding character," said Pompey, 62, who tied his series with Wrenn at 7-7-1. He now leads city coaches with 204 career wins (Wrenn has 203). "It's always a battle with Roger. Maybe it was my turn this time."

Edmondson's comeback began on its first play of the second half, with Greg Hawkins running 65 yards for a touchdown. The senior broke four tackles up the middle and ran to his left before sprinting down Patterson's sideline to make it 14-6. Later, facing first-and-15 with 4:50 to play, a 43-yard run by Mark Hicks made the score 14-12.

With 1:37 to play, senior Darryl Smith (8-for-16, 113 yards) capped a game-winning four-play, 47-yard drive with a 14-yard scoring pass to Chris Scott. Hicks ran in a two-point conversion. Smith was 6-for-8 for 91 yards in the second half, with Roderick Wolfe catching four passes for 64 yards.

Edmondson's Kenny Whitley broke up a pass in the end zone, and James Hall had a sack as part of a defense that held Patterson to only 16 of its 106 offensive yards in the second half.

This came after the Red Storm was held to 41 first-half yards by a Patterson defense led by Eugene Land and Terrence Woodard and quarterback-defensive back Raymond Okadigbo.

"Our defense played well enough to win, but we gave up the big play," said Wrenn, 57. "You can't do that against a Pompey-coached team."

Patterson (4-2) led 8-0 when the Red Storm, from its 14-yard line, botched a punt on the first play of the second quarter. The ball glanced upward off an Edmondson player's back and into the hands of Woodard, who ran untouched for a 5-yard score. Okadigbo, who scored the conversion run, later made it 14-0 on a 43-yard scoring pass to Jason Sharnas 3:13 before halftime.

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