EDGERTON — Through eight weeks of the season, not much has stood in the Edgerton football team’s way, as not a single team has come within 30 points.
It was more of the same on Friday, with the Bulldogs improving to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the Green Meadows Conference with a dominating 48-0 victory of the Antwerp Archers at Stauffer Field in Edgerton.
“Our guys are doing a nice job executing and we had the conversation that, at this point in the year, sometimes guys get comfortable and they have the tendency to get sloppy and to our guys’ credit, they had a good, focused week of practice and they came out tonight and got the job done,” Edgerton coach Ben Wilhelm said.
Edgerton scored early and often in Friday’s contest and began its onslaught when Hunter Prince ran for a 37-yard touchdown on the game’s opening drive. Clayton Flegal punched in the 2-point conversion and the Bulldogs led 8-0 with 10:16 to go in the first quarter.
Antwerp (5-3, 2-3 GMC) quickly drove the ball inside Edgerton territory on the ensuing drive, but Keaton Altimus’ pass was intercepted by Braydon Cape and the Bulldogs ended up taking over from the Antwerp 44-yard line.
It wasn’t long after that and Prince added his second score of the night and Cape ran in a 2-point conversion to help Edgerton to a 16-0 lead at the 5:27 mark of the first quarter.
A Flegal 21-yard touchdown and a Prince 2-point conversion later and the Bulldogs had a 24-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.
“We knew that (Edgerton) had a lot of talent and (Edgerton coach) Ben (Wilhelm) has done an exceptional job with them,” Antwerp coach Drew Altimus said. “You can tell they’re very well-coached. ... It’s one thing to have talent. It’s another thing to get that talent to perform. Edgerton was very disciplined in all facets of the game. They’re a good team, obviously, so we wish them the best in their future.”
Antwerp threatened to score early during the second quarter and drove the ball within the Edgerton 10-yard line. But on fourth down, Altimus was picked off in the end zone by Jaron Cape.
Prince ran for a 76-yard touchdown — his third of the night — a few plays later, and after a Flegal 2-point conversion, the Bulldogs held a 32-0 lead with 7:50 left in the half.
Edgerton never looked back from there, adding a pair of scores on Braydon Cape runs of 52 yards and 32 yards in the second half, before going on to a 48-0 victory.
Edgerton continues play in Week 9 with a game at Wayne Trace. If the Bulldogs can win, they’ll clinch at least a share of a Green Meadows Conference title, which is something they haven’t done since 1983.
“It’s awesome,” Braydon Cape said. “It’s been forever. We’re just so excited. We’ve worked so hard for this and it’s almost here, finally. We just have to keep working just to finish it off.”
“We’re still not there yet, 10-0 is what we want,” Prince added. “I think if we keep busting our butts in practice and keep getting everything out on the field, we can reach that goal together.”