With two of the top quarterbacks in the state facing off, one would think Sedgwick and Ell-Saline would be in for a shootout. You'd especially think that knowing the two teams played to a 44-41 final score in the first round of the playoffs in 2017. But Friday night, it was the Ell-Saline defense that stood out.
Entering Friday night, Ell-Saline had given up just 21 points over three games. So to hold a Sedgwick team that came in averaging over 48 points a contest to just 13 is a big accomplishment.
Ell-Saline got the scoring started in a hurry, with Luke Parks ripping off a 68 yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage. Later in the quarter, with Sedgwick driving, Hooper Schroeder took a big hit and was forced out of the game. The state's leading passer entering Friday would miss just one play, but his next pass attempt was picked off, the first of the season for the senior. Ell-Saline would punch in another score to capitalize on the turnover.
Schroeder would later make up for the mistake and take in a two yard carry to bring the game to it's halftime score of 13-7.
But in a tie ballgame in the fourth, it was Ell-Saline and Nick Davenport coming out on top, with Davenport rushing for his second score of the game to give the Cardinals a 20-13 lead, which was enough to secure a victory.
With the battle of two groups of Cardinals going Ell-Saline's way, they improve to 3-1 on the year before hosting Inman next week. Sedgwick will hit the road to face Marion.