It’s a special night when a defense can corral a quarterback that it views as a younger version of a former Heisman Trophy winner (Cam Newton) and one of the leading candidates to win it this year (Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater).
It’s also a special night when an offense can put up 21 first-quarter points on a team that had pitched a shutout in all four of its victories.
It was so special that South Fort Myers head coach Grand Redhead had virtually nothing to nag his team about following its comprehensive 42-23 crushing of visiting Hialeah on Friday.
“They’re 8A and they’re a good team,” Redhead said of the Thoroughbreds (4-2). “We had some great plays tonight. We scored on offense, defense and special teams. We played well up front. We threw the ball better than we have all year. We did everything tonight.”
The Wolfpack (5-2) stunned Hialeah 52 seconds into the game when Kelsey Dawson ripped off a 67-yard touchdown run. Justin Hutchins followed that up by scoring on the first three times he touched the ball: runs of 5 and 1 yards and a 46-yard punt return. It was 28-0 with 3:21 left in the first half.
After that, Hialeah had no choice but to wing it with quarterback Alin Edouard, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior who decommitted from Miami in September. Edouard completed 19 of 36 passes for 178 yards and one TD and ran 13 times for 79 yards, but he was intercepted twice — including one that was returned 70 yards for a TD by Donnell Dawson.
“He’s the whole package,” Redhead said. “That’s like a Teddy Bridgewater there. He’s like Teddy was in high school. He does some of the same things. That kid throws really well and accurate.”
Said Wolfpack linebacker D’Ronzjiah Mathews, “He reminded me of Cam Newton.”
Not Teddy Bridgewater?
“Him, too,” he added with a smile.
Edouard maintained a running commentary throughout the game, many times while he was actually running. At the end of the third quarter, down 35-9, he was jawing with Mathews as he ran out of bounds at the Wolfpack 7. Mathews stood and accepted it, while Edouard continued and drew an unsportsmanlike penalty.
“The talking–all that is motivation,” Mathews said. “That’s to get everybody hyped up. Two or three times he was running out of bounds and yelling out. On that play (that resulted in the penalty), I said my words and let it slide. And the referee saw that he kept going.”
S: Kelsey Dawson 67 run (Jacob Althouse kick)
S: Justin Hutchins 5 run (Althouse kick)
S: Hutchins 1 run (Althouse kick)
S: Hutchins 46 punt return (Althouse kick)
H: Kevin Puerta 27 FG
S: Donnell Dawson 70 INT return (Althouse kick)
H: Reuben St. Jean 31 pass from Alin Edouard (kick failed)
H: Edouard 1 run (pass failed)
S: E’Quan Dorris 59 run (Althouse kick)
H: David Francis 66 pass from Tafari Myrthil (Edouard run)