Defense was optional in Granite City’s 55-30 win over Carbondale Community High School Friday night. The seemed undermanned, but it was really just the case of one sophomore being better than everybody else on the field that night.
Granite City sophomore quarterback Freddy Edwards sliced and diced the Terrier defense like Freddy Krueger slices victims in horror movies.
Edwards had a monster game with 190 yards rushing and 77 yards passing to account for six Granite City touchdowns. He divided those six scores up evenly on the ground and in the air.
In the first quarter, Edwards started his pigskin monster night with a 65-yard touchdown run right after the Terrier offense marched down the field only to turn it over on downs.
Carbondale responded with a score of its own on a Trevin Truitt strip of Edwards and 67-yard return for a Carbondale score. But 6-6 was as close as the game got all night.
Edwards retaliated with a 33-yard strike pass to Reide Wilson. Then, running back Jerry Watson followed with a nine-yard TD run to make it 19-6 Granite City at the end of the first quarter.
Granite City tacked on 29 more points in the second quarter to pretty much put the game out of reach at 48-12 before the half-time break. That break did not do much for the Terrier defense, but the offense woke from its’ slumber.
In the third quarter, Carbondale quarterback Seth Germann hit Shandon Scott-Rivers with a touchdown pass to get the Dawgs crawling toward competitiveness at 55-18.
The Terriers scored three more times to close out the game with their head held a bit higher. Two of those scores came in the final period against Granite City reserves, but that burst of points at least showed some fight was still left in Carbondale after taking a 55-point punch.
At the 6:40 mark of the fourth quarter, with a continuously running play clock, Terrier running back Courtney Hunter zoomed around his offensive line for a 49-yard touchdown jaunt on first down. That made it 55-24 Granite City but with a running clock, it was too little, too late.
Nevertheless, Terrier reserve running back Armondo Davis didn’t care what the score was — he wanted to compete. The junior dashed 23 yards into the Granite City endzone with just 32 seconds left in the game to make the final 55-30.
The Terriers finally return home from their two-game sojourn with a game at Bleyer Field at 7 p.m., this Friday when Waterloo comes to town.