Edwards’ five TD performance helps Derby past Bishop Carroll
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Derby Panthers entered into Bishop Carroll High School Friday night with a 1-1 record after a week one loss to Manhattan High with a chip still on their shoulder. Standing in their way though was the 2-0 Golden Eagles. The result: an early game of the year candidate.
The Panthers’ first drive was a short one, storming down the field before Notre Dame commit Dylan Edwards went untouched 25 yards into the end zone. Carroll was able to answer with a Hudson Lee 15 yard field goal.
Defenses showed up for most of the remainder of the half, putting the Golden Eagles in a 4th and 3. Carroll opted to go for it, which paid off. Junior QB Jackson King took it 45 yards for the rushing touchdown to give his team the lead 10-7 with 8 minutes remaining.
The story remained the same for most of this game: King and Edwards trading touchdowns, each with three touchdowns a piece to enter the fourth quarter.
The game was a scoring affair all the way to the finish. Edwards giving the Panthers the lead 38-31 with 6 minutes remaining. King answered back with another one of his own, punching in his fourth rushing touchdown on a QB keeper to tie it up with under a minute left. But the tie didn’t last long before Edwards put a fork in this one with an 85 (!!) yard game winning touchdown rush to give Derby a 45-38 win.
Edwards said that the credit for his final run wasn’t due to him, but to his line for making the run possible.
“The hole was open,” he said. “It’s all on the front line. If you watch that play I went untouched so I’m happy the front guys did their job. That’s why I scored.”
Edwards went on to say that going into halftime down lit a fire under the team, remembering back to their week one loss to Manhattan.
“When we came in the seniors all spoke up and we didn’t want to lose any more games,” Edwards said. “That’s isn’t what we came to do and we just fought and fought and fought and that’s why we came up with a win.”
The Derby Panthers will next take on the Hutchinson Salthawks at home next Friday.
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