Edison 28, Lee 7
It wasn't a playoff game, but plenty was on the line when Edison visited Lee last night -- a trophy, a winning start to the season and, perhaps most important, Springfield bragging rights.
"Yeah it's a big rivalry," Edison senior wide receiver Justin Smith said. "We've been doing a lot of talking over the summer. Ever since the schedules came out everyone was looking forward to this game."
It's called the Franconia Bowl, dubbed such for each school's location on Franconia Road. Due to a change in schedules and districts -- Edison is in AAA National, Lee is in AAA Patriot -- the bowl took a two-year hiatus. This season, the coaches resumed the series, a fortunate thing for Edison, which picked up where it left off with a 28-7 win.
Smith backed up his offseason talk by making six catches for 110 yards, including two touchdowns.
On third and 13 from the Lancers 23-yard line, Smith drew one-on-one coverage, made an inside move for the ball, then had to adjust when quarterback Shawn Lloyd threw the ball outside. But Smith made a quick recovery, leaping in front of the defensive back for the catch and the score.
"They have three tremendous wide receivers," said Lee Coach Chad Lewis, "and Justin Smith is one of the better kids if not the best kid, maybe, in the region. He had a heck of a football game."
Edison senior fullback Keone Kyle picked up the first touchdown of the game, rushing up the middle for a two-yard touchdown. He also churned and spun his way into the end zone to make it 28-0 with 8:31 left in the fourth quarter.
Lee senior quarterback Greg Jones and running back Brandon Cameron tried to keep the Lancers in the game, but the Eagles' team speed, which both coaches talked about before the game, consistently got them to the ball.
"Edison's overall team speed is fantastic," Lewis said. "It's harder to go outside on them and then even when the tailback is six yards deep when your running downhill on them, they got a chance to converge and make plays. We came and ran the ball hard, but I give Edison's defense a lot of credit because they're a very physical, fast football team."
Jones rushed 17 times for 76 yards and a touchdown on the Lancers' last drive. Cameron finished with 52 yards on 22 carries.
The game was extra special for the two head coaches. Vaughn Lewis coaches Edison; his son, Chad, leads Lee.
"I just told [Chad] to keep his head up," Vaughn said of his brief chat with his son on the field after the game. "Keep working, they have a good team, but keep working at it."
Easy for dad to say -- it was the fifth straight time father beat son in the series.