It's hardly the typical formula for an offensive juggernaut: Edison's offensive line averages 190 pounds, its quarterback is inexperienced and its star fullback is still unfamiliar with the offense.
"It's a weird combination," Edison Coach Vaughn Lewis said, "but somehow it works."
It works so well, in fact, that Lewis heralds this year's Edison offense as the school's best in the last decade. In wins over Lee and Washington-Lee, Edison (2-0) displayed a balanced attack that could lead the school to its fifth Virginia AAA National District title in six years. Quarterback Shawn Lloyd has four touchdowns and no interceptions; fullback Keone Kyle, a transfer from Paul VI Catholic, and running back Devan Clark have combined for five touchdowns and 360 yards.
In an offense filled with pleasant surprises, Kyle stands out as the biggest. The 240-pound senior has rushed for four scores. When he's not scoring touchdowns, he's creating them for teammates.
"He's just gone straight after people and blown them up," said Clark, who has 268 yards. "If he wasn't blocking for me, I wouldn't have half the yards I do. People are afraid of him."
Defenses are beginning to fear Lloyd, too. The junior quarterback, strictly a pocket passer, is unusual for an Edison team that has traditionally run the option, but he's already won the admiration of his teammates.
Lloyd's first two games were "virtually mistake free," Lewis said, and he completed 14 of 27 passes. He might face his toughest challenge yet when Edison hosts West Springfield on Friday night.
"I thought Shawn was going to be nervous and scared, but he never was," said receiver Justin Smith, who has three touchdowns. "He's been really clutch so far."
Said Lloyd: "Even though I'm starting for the first time this year, I don't feel much pressure. I've got too many other good people around me."