Round 3: Playoff Pregame

Edgewood is moving on to round three against the Anderson Raptors


Courtesy of: Katie Fulks

David Rumpler kicking off in Edgewood’s game against Piqua

Riley Russell, Sports Editor

After an incredible victory over the Piqua Indians, the Edgewood Cougar football team will be continuing on into round three, the regional semi-finals, of the OHSAA playoffs. 

The Cougars defeated Piqua in overtime (OT) last Friday night. Tied at 14 in OT, fullback Tavionne Crosby scored Edgewood’s touchdown. With Edgewood up 20-14, the Cougars’ kicker, David Rumpler put the final nail in Piqua’s coffin completing the extra point kick. Piqua then had a chance to score as well, but an interception by Braden Sullivan ended the Indians’ evening.  Edgewood won the game 21-14.

Edgewood will be taking on the Anderson Raptors, a team from the Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC), in round three of the playoffs. 

Anderson quarterback, #11, Griffin Scalf has led his team through an impressive season. This season, Scalf, a senior, has completed 306 of 476 attempted passes. Scalf averages 318 yards per game in the air. He has thrown for 3,826 yards. He has also had 439 yards rushing on 127 attempts. 

#2, Brodey Berg, is the Raptors’ wide receiver and leading rusher. Berg has 742 yards on 177 attempts. He has rushed for 26 touchdowns. Berg has 750 yards on 52 attempts and 6 touchdowns receiving. He has had 1 fumble this season. 

Berg is also the team’s leading scorer with 32 total touchdowns.

Leading Anderson’s defense is senior, Will Karwisch, #33. Karwisch has had 74 total tackles this season, 34 being solo, as well as 4.5 sacks. He had 1 forced fumble during Anderson’s September game against Little Miami, who the Raptors defeated again this past Friday to continue their playoff run. 

Edgewood will rise to the occasion come this Friday night. 

Kicker, David Rumpler, #9, has completed 84.4%, 38/45, of extra point kicks this season adding up to 47 points. Rumpler is 3 for 8 on field goals this season, his longest kick being 42 yards in Edgewood’s game against the Fenwick Falcons. 

#4 for Edgewood, senior Hunter Allen, is a tight end and linebacker, and  a leader of the Cougars’ defense. Allen has had 50 tackles this season, 15 were solo, and 2.0 sacks. 

Junior Brayden Smith is crucial in Edgewood’s defense as well. Wearing #44, Smith has had 21 solo tackles out of 66 total this season followed by 1.5 sacks. 

Cougars quarterback, Riley Brown, is #11. Brown has completed 39 of 76 attempted passes for a total 866 yards. He averages about 11 passes per game for roughly 70 yards. He has a pass completion percentage of 51.3% and has thrown for 10 touchdowns, his longest pass being 51 yards. 

Brown has also rushed for 44 yards on 7 attempts this season. 

Come out to support the Edgewood Cougars as they take on the Anderson Raptors this week at Little Miami High School. Kickoff will take place at 7:00PM.

The Den theme is “Christmas”! Go Cougars!