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Bedford, Ohio- The annual matchup of two of Ohio’s top Division I teams took to the North Coast this season as the St Edward Eagles hosted the Panthers of Cincinnati Elder at Bedford Stadium this evening.
On an absolute picture perfect night for football, the Eagles left no doubt as to why they are one of the favorites to play for it all in November, crushing the visitors 40-7. St Edward ran early and often and the Panthers could do nothing to slow them down.
The two schools had split the previous fourteen meetings including last year’s Panthers victory down in Cincinnati 15-9. The fifteenth meeting was all St. Ed’s.
The Eagles took the opening kickoff and promptly marched down field running at will with RB Jordan Castleberry leading the way versus a very good Elder defensive line. QB Zach Kincaid capped a 13 play 65 yard drive with a 1 yard dive to get the Eagles on the board, 7-0.
After a quick three and out by Elder, St Ed’s went 47 yards on 2 quick plays, the first one a 45 yard jet sweep by WR Devin Maddox, and Kincaid again finished it off with a 2 yard score. The extra point was blocked and ten Eagles led 13-0 after one quarter.
Entering the second quarter St Ed’s switched to the second of their one-two punch at QB by inserting Garrett Dzuro under center. The results were the same. Dzuro marched the Eagles 72 yards in 8 plays finding WR Quintel Kent for a 43 yd TD and the rout was on, 20-0 St Edward.
Back came Kincaid after the Panthers were once again forced to punt and he quickly drive the Eagles 40 more yards on 5 plays finding Kent once again from 13 yards and the score at the half was 26-0 St Edward.
The Panthers entered the game allowing just 66 rushing yards per game but the Eagles ran for a whopping 172 first half yards, while allowing Elder just 4 yards rushing. Ed’s gained a total of 253 yards to 78 at intermission.
The third quarter began with Elder once again forced to punt on a three and out and the Eagles gained possession at the Elder 45. It didn’t take long as Castleberry took a handoff and bolted 45 yards for the backbreaking TD and a 33-0 lead.
The fourth quarter saw the Panthers finally get on the board on a 30 yard catch and run by Luke Masminster from QB Michael Bittner. A late TD run of 9 yards by Kincaid, his 3rd of the night for St. Edward, finished the scoring, making it the final score 40-7.
Castleberry ran 11 times for 100 yards and that touchdown. Receiver Quintel Kent, another junior, caught two passes for 56 yards — all on touchdowns — to pace the offense.
The Eagle defense, led by Sr, Middle linebacker Omar Fattah, kept the Panthers offense off their game all night. They were all over the field and only allowed the Panthers one trip into their territory in the first half and 3 first downs.
Elder quarterback Danny Nieman threw for 102 yards on 10-of- 21 passing . On the ground, St. Edward held them to just 15 yards rushing.
Elder heads back home to host the Wildcats of St Ignatius, Cleveland.com’s number 1 ranked team and St Edward prepares to welcome Akron Buchtel, both games next Saturday night.
Elder- 0/0/0/7= 7
St Edward- 13/13/7/7= 40
STE- Kincaid 1 run, kick good
STE- Kincaid 2 run, kick blocked
STE- Kent 43 pass from Dzuro, kick good
STE- Kent 13 pass from Kincaid, kick blocked
STE- Castleberry 45 run, kick good
ELD- Masminster 30 pass from Bittner, kick good
STE- Kincaid 9 run, kick good