The last time Edison played a football game at Lenape, it was the opening round of the 2019 playoffs.
The Eagles were the 7th-seed that yea, the Indians the No. 2 seed. And they took it to the visitors, in a 39-6 decision, en route to the South Jersey Group 5 final, where they would lose to Williamstown.
Quarterback Matt Yascko remembers that day. He was a freshman, making just the sixth start of his career, thrown into the heat of the Greater Middlesex Conference’s White Division, and going 2-3 before that playoff loss, where he went 9-of-22 for 91 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception.
Head coach Matt Fulham remembers that game, too. And three years later, not only did Edison come out on top against Lenape, but did so to bring back a championship trophy, the Central Jersey Group 5 hardware that has eluded the Eagles since 1991, their last appearance in a title game.
Edison is now 3-0 all-time in finals/
As Edison head coach, Fulham earned his 80th win. There have been some lean years. He’s 79-98-1 in his 18 seasons at the helm.
But this has been the best four-year stretch he’s had. No coincidence they’ve come with Yascko as quarterback.
Now, he can forget about that freshman performance, after rushing for a career high 168 yards, scoring two touchdowns, and throwing for another.
And Fulham finally has a ring, too.
Click belwo for postgame reaction from Mike Pavlichko with Edison head coach Matt Fulham: