Saturday, September 15, 2007

Perry And Edison Rush Past S. County
By B.J. Koubaroulis
Special to The Washington Post
Saturday, September 15, 2007; E12

Edison senior running back Kevin Carter smiled as he held his open palm over senior teammate Akeen Perry's head to indicate Perry's diminutive stature. But the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Perry loomed large in Edison's 46-7 win at South County last night.

"It's fun to see the little guy break some runs," Carter said of Perry, who rushed for 158 of his game-high 220 yards in the second half to break open a 7-7 tie at halftime.
Perry scored on a 24-yard scramble that gave Edison (2-1) a 16-7 lead with 2 minutes 12 seconds left in the third quarter and sparked a rushing attack that gained 377 of its 448 yards on the ground in the second half.

South County dropped to 1-2.

"This year, my role has been reduced, so when I make a block and he runs up the sideline, it's just as good as breaking off a 70-yarder," Carter said of Perry. "It's fun blocking for him."
Carter finished with 114 yards and scored on runs of 30 and 11 yards, both in the second half, to help Edison take advantage of a five South County turnovers, including four lost fumbles and
one interception.

Four Eagles rushed for at least 40 yards to help Edison avenge one of its losses from last season's 11-3 run to the Division 5 state final.

"I remember that play very vividly," Carter said of the failed two-point conversion that gave South County the 23-21 win over Edison in last season's matchup. "It was heartbreaking."

Last night, following a seven-yard touchdown run by South County senior quarterback Ryan Heyrana, Edison senior quarterback Ben Barber (4 of 11 for 23 yards) hit junior wide receiver Corey Washington for a 14-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 7 before the half.

After rushing for 55 yards in the first half, the Stallions managed just 46 yards of offense in the second half and the Eagles held Aaron Andrews and Heyrana -- who split time at quarterback -- to a combined 46 yards in the air.

Edison sophomore Angus Harper (6 carries, 67 yards) broke a 45-yard run with 3:30 left in the fourth for a 39-7 lead, and junior Dominico Tucker (2 carries, 41 yards) found the goal from 34 yards out to finish off the Eagles' 39-point second-half explosion.

"We can't just take this game and get a big head," Perry said.

Edison 46, South County 7 Just Kickin' It: Edison senior place kicker Paul Bergstrom connected on five extra points and a 25-yard field goal. The only missed opportunity came on a bad snap that Edison holder Branden Suggs ran in for a two-point conversion for an 18-7 lead in the third quarter. Penalized: Edison drew 11 flags for a loss of 93 yards.

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