Under first year head coach Bryan Hansrote, Edgewood had no trouble in its season opener at Perryville Friday night. The Rams scored from both sides of the ball and won convincingly, 34-7.
Havre de Grace, Fallston and Harford Tech were also opening night winners, while Bel Air saw its first action Saturday night, hosting and beating Dulaney, 42-28.
In Edgewood's win, Daryl Cooper's short touchdown run opened the scoring less than four minutes in for the Rams, but it was his 55-yard fumble recovery touchdown six minutes later that broke the game open.
"We were watching film on the screen play all week, so I knew it was coming and I seen my other linebacker come hit 'em, and he made him fumble and then scoop and score is something we practice on every day," Cooper said.
Sophomore quarterback Marquez Kimbrough added two scores, highlighted by a 58-yard scoring pass to fellow sophomore Demetrius Jones on a fourth and 18 call early in quarter two.
"I know my players, I know who I can throw the ball to and they can go up and get it and I just knew if I threw it early, he would go and get it for me," Kimbrough said.
Kimbrough's other score, a three-yard run, ended the Rams scoring early in the fourth quarter.
Edgewood's other touchdown came on a 43-yard run by Derrick Delilly. Charlie Burkhardt was 4-for-5 on extra point kicks.
Isaiah Gibbons led a stingy Rams defense with six total tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Cooper finished with five solo tackles and two assists.
"It was exciting, I'm proud of these guys, they worked hard for three weeks," Hansrote said. "They put in a lot of time and it's nice to see them get a return on all that effort and I'm extremely proud of them."