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Edgewood rolls over Pymatuning Valley, 53-23

September 15, 2012
By ANGELO VELOTTA - Special to Tribune Chronicle (sports@tribtoday.com) , Underthelights

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP - The Edgewood Warriors went back to the basics, playing sound football from the opening snap, rolling past the Pymatuning Valley Lakers, 53-23.

On the opening snap of the game Edgewood running back Riis Smith blasted right up the middle untouched for a 57-yard score giving the Warriors an early, 7-0 lead.

A few possessions later the Lakers returned the favor with JT Willis scoring on a 4-yard scamper to tie the game at 7-7.

The Warriors were not done in the first quarter however, as Smith capped a seven-play 3-minute, 51-second drive with an 8-yard touchdown run.

Early on in the second quarter Smith found the end zone again, this time from 17 yards out, closing out an 8-play long Edgewood drive.

"(Our) o-line did great," Edgewood coach Dom Iarocci said of his offensive line's effort.

The Warriors were up 20-7 when PV came back with an 8-play drive of its own, ending with a 27-yard field goal by Austin Nowakowski.

During the second quarter Louie Wisnyai orchestrated a balanced drive that ended with him finding Anthonie Magda in the end zone for a 2-yard score, giving the Warriors a 26-10 lead at the half.

Wisnyai finished 8-of-13 passing for 130 yards, one touchdown and no picks. He also ran the ball four times for 36 yards and a score.

"We worked extremely hard on throwing short this week in practice," Iarocci said. "It was one of his best starts."

The Lakers were not to be counted out, though, opening up the second half with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Quintin Ratliff to Tim Cross, cutting the Edgewood lead to, 26-16.

Ratliff was efficient in the passing game for PV, going 10 of 19 for 161 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran the ball 13 times for 79 yards leading the way for Lakers.

"Our line tried to pick up blitzes," PV coach Neal Croston said. "(Our) quarterback never gave up on the play. We ran some traps.

"It was a mixture (though). When we thought they would hit us inside they'd bounce outside. You have to give credit to them."

Shortly after, Dylan McCaleb found the end zone for a score on a 7-yard touchdown run for the Warriors, followed by Wisnyai's scoring run.

Smith scored his fourth touchdown in the fourth quarter from 5 yards out before the Lakers would add on one more score with another 17-yard touchdown pass from Quentin Ratliff to Tim Cross.

But, Smith answered, scoring from 45 yards out, his fifth score of the game. The Warriors defense then stopped a 13-play Laker drive to end the game.

Smith finished the game with 18 rushes for 204 yards and the five scores.

"Riis ran well, he is one of the best backs in the county," Iarocci said.

McCaleb also had a strong day in the backfield, carrying the ball 13 times for 117 yards and a touchdown.

Overall, the Warriors went on to rush for 375 yards on 45 attempts. All told, Edgewood eclipsed the 500 yard mark with 505 yards of offensive production.

"We executed very well tonight," Iarocci said. "I don't worry about our opponent. The only person who can beat us is ourselves."

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