Parker Rochford threw for 87 yards and two touchdowns and Jack Wiskus threw for 94 yards and one touchdown as the Edgewood-Colesburg football team steamrolled Starmont, 40-0, in Arlington Sept. 6.
The offensively strong Vikings struggled to get things going, but once they found their rhythm they were tough to stop. Forced to punt on their first offensive possession of the game, the Vikings bounced back to score six touchdowns on their next six possessions while their defense banded together to shut down the Stars.
“We got off to a slow start but they played to their level, our level, the Ed-Co football that we can play in the second, third and fourth quarters,” said James Rochford, head coach of the Vikings. “I was happy with the kids and I was happy with their effort. We just have to keep improving.”
The Vikings’ passing game carried them in the first quarter and loosened up the Stars’ defense as the running game took advantage from the second quarter on.
Parker Rochford’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Riley Ashline put the Vikings up 6-0 in the first quarter and his 36-yard scoring strike to Keegan Hansel made it 12-0 before the two teams switched ends of the field.
In the second quarter, Hansel found a hole and outran everybody to the end zone for a 66-yard touchdown run. Walker Schulte’s extra point was good to make it 19-0.
Cameron Kirby’s 15-yard touchdown run followed by Schulte’s second extra point closed out the scoring in the first half with Edgewood-Colesburg up 26-0.
In the second half, the Vikings flexed their muscles and continued to follow their offensive line to the end zone. Hansel carried the ball the final two yards for his second running touchdown of the game. Parker Rockford ran it in for a two-point conversion as the lead grew to 34-0.
“We executed better and moved the ball around quite a bit in this game. Getting that big lead allowed us to get a lot of younger guys in for some good quality minutes against a not too bad football team. They have improved a lot since last year,” said coach Rochford. “We were able to run the ball pretty effectively which was good, and we moved the ball around into different people’s hands.”
The Vikings were also able to get someone else in at the quarterback position as coach Rochford looks to develop as many players as he can so he can make the team as deep as possible.
“We’re finding out that we’re not as near as deep as we were last year,” said coach Rochford. “So you miss a couple of kids, or one or two kids go down for a few plays and the experience and talent goes down with the kids coming in. We need to do everything in our power to get kids playing time now so they can be ready to help us in the future.”
Wiskus took over running the offense and showed he can play the position as he directed the team down the field hooking up with Spencer Staner on a 45-yard bomb to finish off the drive and give the Vikings a 40-0 lead.
Even though the polls have the Vikings as the third-ranked team in Class A, coach Rochford doesn’t think his team deserves to be considered one of the better teams in the state just yet. He feels that they have a lot of work to do to prove to him and themselves before they have earned that privilege.
“I tell the kids we are not the third or fourth-ranked team in the state. We have a lot of improvement to do, but we have some talented kids,” said coach Rochford. “We just need to get some linemen healthy and build some backups for our guys down front so we’re in a better position down the road.”
Ed-Co’s leaders were: passing — Parker Rochford 4-for-5 for 87 yards and two TDs, Wiskus 2-for-5 for 94 and one TD; rushing — Hansel 16-for-194 and two TDs, Kirby 6-for-21 and a TD, Ike Jones 4-for-19; receiving — Spencer Staner 3-for-99 and a TD, Riley Ashline 2-for-46 and a TD, Hansel 1-for-36 and a TD; tackles — Max Bahls 11, Ethan Staner 7.5, Kirby five, Xavier Reeves 4.5, Parker Rochford three, Jordan Wegmann 2.5, Hansel two, Jake Jones, Cameron Knipper, Spencer Staner and Wiskus 1.5, Landon Carter and Cooper Shampine one, Walker Schulte 0.5; interceptions — Bahls and Spencer Staner one; punts — Riley Ashline 1-for-38.