Edison and Cedar Creek were locked in a tight football game until late in the third quarter Sunday evening at Carey Stadium in Ocean City, having played to an even 14-14 score going into the locker room for halftime.
But the veteran Eagles eventually wore down the young Pirates with a sound run game and key defensive plays. Trailing 21-14 in the third, Edison scored the next four touchdowns and 28 points to take a 42-21 lead that they would hold until the final horn.
The win came in the finale of this weekend’s West Jersey Football League Coaches’ Association “Battle at the Beach” played at Ocean City High School.
Selbin Sabio and Adekunle Shittu unsurprisingly made key plays on defense, while QB Matt Yascko – with three-and-a-half years as a starter under his belt – expertly led a fast-paced offense that was able to slow things down late, playing ball control offense, eating the clock, and putting up insurance points to boot.
Yascko was named the game’s MVP, with four touchdown runs and a touchdown pass in the game.
Edison now has won seven of its last eight season-openers, the only loss coming in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign.
The victory also snapped a 15-game winning streak for Cedar Creek, which went 13-0 last year to win the South Jersey Group 3 regional title, but lost a significant part of that championship team to graduation, including three all-state players.
Click below for postgame reaction on Edison’s season-opening win over Cedar Creek in Ocean City: