EDGERTON — It took three games, but first-year Edgerton football coach Brody Flegal finally got it — his first career win.
The Bulldogs beat Green Meadows Conference opponent Antwerp 47-13 on Friday to improve to 1-2 overall and in league play this season, while giving Flegal a night he won’t forget.
“It’s a great feeling,” Flegal said. “And it’s not one that’s just for me, it’s for our team. We’ve been through some adversity here early on. Very proud of our team coming out, battling, executing, doing things right and coming away with a win.
“... It’s not just one person. It’s a realm of our team. And I think we came out and did our job tonight.”
The Bulldogs started the scoring early, with wide receiver Gannon Ripke scoring his first touchdown of the night with a 14-yard run to give Edgerton a 7-0 lead with 8:15 left in the first quarter.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Ripke ran 46 yards for his second touchdown of the day on the first play of the second quarter to give the Bulldogs a 13-0 lead with 11:50 left in the half.
Less than four minutes later, quarterback Corey Everetts connected with wide receiver Nate Timbrook for a 29-yard touchdown to make it 19-0 with 7:59 left in the first half.
That put all the pressure on Antwerp (0-3, 0-2 in the GMC).
“We wanted to come out quick and see how they responded — and just for (ourselves), we wanted to get some momentum going to help our defense out,” Flegal said. “We’ve had some red zone woes. We haven’t been able to punch the ball into the end zone. So it felt good to end some of those drives with six.”
Flegal’s Bulldogs continued to end drives with touchdowns in the second quarter. First, with running back Craig Blue punching it in from the 1-yard line and catching a 2-point conversion pass to extend Edgerton’s lead to 27-0 with 3:09 left in the first half.
After Antwerp quarterback Carson Altimus hit wideout Trayce Lengacher for a 19-yard touchdown with 37.9 seconds left, Everetts found Ripke for a 22-yard score with 6.1 seconds left to give the Bulldogs a 33-6 lead at halftime.
“I think (Edgerton) is a very good, physical football team and we weren’t just able to match their intensity,” Antwerp coach Jason Hale said. “I think we really beat ourselves tonight, and that’s stuff we’ve been talking about all week and we need to clean up. We’ve got to execute better.”
The Bulldogs found the end zone again with 5:46 left in third quarter, thanks to a 13-yard pass from Everetts to Timbrook. And with the 2-point conversion run from running back Isaiah Canales good, Edgerton extended its lead to 41-6.
“(Everetts and Timbrook) are two that come to mind when we’re saying we’re growing,” Flegal said. “Those guys are newer to the varsity experience, and they made some plays tonight … And that’s what we need out of them.”
Like the first and second quarters, the Bulldogs found the end zone early in the fourth with a 3-yard run from the 5-foot-6, 165-pound Canales to push the lead to 47-6.
Antwerp, though, didn’t go down without a fight. Altimus found wide receiver Landon Brewer for an 11-yard touchdown, making it 47-13 with 6:10 left in the game.
“We knew they weren’t going to quit,” Flegal said. “And credit to Antwerp and coach Hale, they battled their tails off. But our guys, they weren’t going to quit as well.”
Edgerton held the Archers scoreless for the last 6:10 of the game to get Flegal his first career win.