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Edwards shakes, and Trojans bake

September 12, 1998|By DAN SPEARS

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg High running back Aaron Edwards had a bad case of first-game jitters. And it was his team's second game.

But in this case of deja-vu, the No. 2 Trojans didn't mind a bit. Edwards rushed for 206 yards and booted two field goals as Chambersburg (2-0) got its second straight rout, this one a 41-6 pounding of Baltimore's Mt. St. Joseph on Friday night.

"For me, it was like the first game all over again," said Edwards, who had 125 yards in the first quarter alone. "That might have had something to do with it. You want to go out there and spark your team early."

Edwards lit the fuse from his first carry. The junior started the game with a 16-yard gallop, then carried five more times on the Trojans' opening drive before Josh Kelly sealed it with a 19-yard pass to Andy Dengler and a 6-0 lead.

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His next carry signified his good, and bad, parts of the game. After MSJ (0-2) went three-and-out, Edwards took the first down handoff 20 yards before fumbling, picking it back up, then fumbling it away again, where the Gaels took it away.

"I was disappointed we put the ball on the ground so much," said Trojans coach Don Folmar, whose team fumbled six times and lost four. "And part of the time, we weren't getting hit, we were just dropping the ball."

In their defense, Edwards and the first-unit offense were playing only their second quarter of the year. Last week, they piled 28 points on Cardinal Gibbons in the first quarter before sitting out. Friday, they tacked on 34 more in three quarters - on 368 yards - before calling it quits.

Dropped balls or not, there's no problem with Folmar's defense. The Trojans stifled the Gaels from the beginning - MSJ's first five possessions were four series of three-and-out and a fumble - and capped it on Ryan Wietry's 26-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth.

"They actually crossed us up," Folmar said. "They threw 31 times last week .... And then they started by running the ball. I'm surprised we adjusted so well. We got off to the good start, started hustling to the ball defensively, and played sound fundamentally."

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