Red Storm has right stuff

The Baltimore Sun

Adrian Coxson had just made what might have been the play of the game.

The City sophomore quarterback faced a fourth-and-eight with his team trailing by seven points to rival Edmondson late in the fourth quarter yesterday. He scrambled out of the pocket, spun away from two defenders and sprinted 42 yards for a touchdown.

No. 11 City chose to go for the two-point conversion and the win. Coxson attempted to run again, but this time No. 7 Edmondson's defense stuffed him at the goal line with 1:11 remaining and held on for a 28-27 victory at City. The win left both Baltimore City 2A teams with a 2-1 record.

"I had no doubt," Edmondson coach Dante Jones said about the stop. "This was a big game for the whole Edmondson High School."

The Red Storm's only defeat last season was a 16-6 loss to City, making this victory that much sweeter.

"Whenever you're going against City and Coach [George] Petrides, someone I respect a lot, it's big," Jones said. "It's the first time I've ever beat him."

Edmondson relied on tailback Terrence Wilson for most of its scoring. The junior ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries.

His most important run came in the fourth quarter. With the Red Storm trailing 21-20, Wilson went 26 yards to give Edmondson a first-and-goal. Three plays later, he scored from the 3 to put the Red Storm up for good.

"My front line are the ones that got me here," Wilson said. "We can just pound it on the ground with the run."

The Knights had success pounding the ball, too.

City halfback Stephen Johnson had eight carries for 68 yards and scored the Knights' first touchdown with a 52-yard run in the first quarter.

Knights fullback Richard Rodwell ran for 67 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in the second half. Early in the third quarter, Rodwell caught a short pass near the sideline, stiff-armed a defender and raced to the end zone for a 39-yard touchdown.

Edmondson never abandoned its game plan, though. The Red Storm continued to run the ball and control the clock and was able to get the crucial defensive play it needed to win.

"[Edmondson] had a lot of heart and a lot of character," Petrides said. "It was a heck of a high school football game."

City will have to rebound from the loss quickly. The Knights host No. 4 Dunbar on Friday at 3:45 p.m. Edmondson hosts Mervo on Friday night at 7.

For many of the Edmondson players, this was the victory they've been waiting for.

"We made a statement today," Wilson said. "The Red Storm is still alive."

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