Came to Edge over his big game in the Benedictines’ win over Burke County
Kam Edge had a big game leading Benedictines across Burke County
Dennis Knight, Savannah Morning News
WAYNESBORO – When opposing teams forge their defensive fixtures against Benedictines, they must focus on two of the state’s most explosive playmakers, Justin Thomas and Za’Quan Bryan.
The attention Thomas and Bryan are rightly drawing opened things up for Cadet slot man Kam Edge, and the senior has taken advantage of the benefits to make an important contribution this season.
On Thursday night, Edge had his best game to date, with seven catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns and a kickback 75 yards for another score when Benedictine rolled in Burke County to a 59-28 non-regional win.
Thomas had another standout performance when the senior, who signed up to play baseball as an outfielder in Georgia, ran 119 yards with just six carries and scored three times on runs of 25, 4 and 55 yards.
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“We worked very hard on our pace and it helped us a lot on the offensive,” said Thomas, who has 13 touchdowns for the Cadets (4-2) this season. “Holden (Geriner) is such a great quarterback, he’s so smart and knows what he’s going to do before the game even starts. And Kam (Edge) is a great athlete, I’m confident he’ll hit the end zone every time can touch the ball. “
Like Thomas, Edge is a baseball star for the Cadets – he plays shortstop and was an important man in BC’s run to the state finals last spring.
Thomas got things going on the Cadets’ first possession by running around the left end in the sixth game of Scrimmage and scoring a 25 yard score.
BC’s second touchdown could have been the best of the night, as Geriner threw a beautiful ball in a long-out pattern that Edge rallied without breaking stride to score a 44 yard score. In the second quarter, Edge was wide open with broken cover with no defender within 10 yards of him for a 20 yard scoring pass on the left sideline.
Geriner was spot on all night when the Auburn-tied senior was 15 out of 21 for 216 yards with the two touchdown strikes on Edge. Two of the imperfections were drops.
Bryan had four catches for 54 yards and several pass breakups on defense, and Lamont Mitchell stormed for 58 yards with eight carries – including a 37-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter for the Cadets.
BC celebrated an emotional 49-42 win over a talented Ware County squad last Friday and had a short week to prepare before embarking on the four-hour road trip to Waynesboro.
Burke County played hard. The Bears were led by junior running back Tiger Williams, who raced 97 yards with 16 carries. Jaylen Golphin had a 23-yard touchdown run on a reverse and caught a 65-yard scoring pass from Marshall Flowers. Charlie Dorsey ran for 88 yards and two points for the Bears (3-1).
“We had a short week and when we started it almost felt like we were playing in quicksand,” said BC coach Danny Britt. “But the guys did what they should and did the job. Working hard like we did in training this week will help us in the playoffs.”
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Geriner’s 44-yard scoring throw against Edge was perfectly executed, letting the Bears know they were dealing with a polished, high-octane offensive.
Edge had a career high of 128 yards from seven catches and added the kickoff return for a touchdown for the first three-touchdown game of his career.
What it means
BC have won four straight wins after starting 0-2. The Cadets open Region 3-4A next week when they face Jenkins at Memorial Stadium.
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Edge gets this and will place it in a prominent place in his trophy case.
You said it
“I think Kam could be faster than Justin (Thomas) and Za’Quan (Bryan) and he probably thinks he’s faster than both,” said Britt. “But they are all dynamic, talented players and it is impossible for a defense to be focused on just one of them.”
BENEDICTINER 59, BURKE CO. 28
BC; 21; 10; 7; 21; -; 59
BURKE; 7; 7; 7; 7; -; 28
BC – Justin Thoma 25 run (Asher Sigmon Kick)
Burke – Gaylen Golphin 23-run (Blake Burden-Kick)
BC – Kam Edge 44 Pass by Holden Geriner (Sigmon Kick)
BC – Thomas 4 run (Sigmon Kick)
Burke – Charlie Dorsey 1 run (load kick)
BC – Edge 20 Pass by Geriner (Sigmon Kick)
BC – Hudson Grove 41 FG
Burke – Dorsey 25 run (load kick)
BC – Thomas 55 run (Sigmon Kick)
BC – Hunter Dunn 1 run (Sigmon Kick)
Burke — Golphin 65 Pass by Marshall Flowers (Burden Kick)
BC – Edge 75 Kickoff Return (Sigmon Kick)
BC – Lamont Mitchell 37 barrel (Sigmon Kick)
Dennis Knight reports on sports for the Savannah Morning News. Contact him at Dknight@savannahnow.com. Twitter: @DennisKnightSMN