HURRICANE — Welcome to Fullback 101, where Hurricane coaches Chris Homer and Steve Pearson are the professors and Jared Edwards is their star pupil.
Day one of Fullback 101 is all about scoring touchdowns. Lesson one, run straight ahead, bowl over defenders and dive into the end zone. Edwards has that down pat as he reached paydirt five times Friday night in the Tigers 43-34 win over Legacy, Nev.
The five scores make it 10 total already on the season for the senior fullback. He had four last week in the Tigers 28-14 win over West Jordan. Against Legacy, the Tigers needed every one of his scores to hold off a pesky Longhorns squad.
Edwards’s two scores in the second quarter helped the top-ranked Tigers take a 15-7 lead late into the half. But Legacy quarterback Kashawn Richardson found tight end Randy Ricks for a 73-yard catch-and-run score just before halftime. A two-point run by LaMarus Williams tied the game going into the break.
Edwards notched his third score of the game just a minute into the third quarter, a 5-yarder that made it 22-15. After a Longhorns punt, Hurricane scored once again, this time on a 28-yard pass from Zac Prince to Andy Perkins, to make it 29-15 with 8:22 left in the third.
Legacy pulled to within 29-21, but Edwards scored again in the waning seconds of the third quarter to push the lead to the largest of the night at 36-21.
Damonte Bolden capped a Longhorns drive with a 3-yard run to make it 36-28 with 8:43 to go in the game.
But the Hurricane offense went on a time-consuming drive that ended with the fifth touchdown of the game for Edwards. It came from 19 yards out and all but sealed the game with just 3:06 to play, making it 43-28.
Legacy added a late score on a Charles Julian run from 15 out, but it came with just 48 seconds left and a failed extra point sealed the deal.
Edwards finished with 125 yards on 22 carries. Julian racked up 207 yards for the Longhorns, who had 498 yards of offense.
The Tigers, 3-0, had just 313 yards of offense, but turned the ball over just once and had just 26 yards in penalties. Conversely, the Longhorns had two turnovers and 120 yards of penalties.
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