The Bloomington Edge won a shoot out against Western Michigan on Saturday night outscoring the Ironmen 68-67. Defensive Back Mitch Moore had a huge night for the Edge with a kick return for a touchdown, an interception returned for a touchdown and nine solo tackles. Defensive end Kyle Jenkins may have made the play of the game, though, when he blocked an extra point in the final minute to secure the one point victory.
Bloomington started the evening with the #1 scoring defense in the CIF holding opponents to 38 points per game, but Western Michigan was able to find the end zone with regularity. Running back Kory Ringer was all but unstoppable as he rushed for 101 yards on 16 carries scoring seven times. Ironman quarterback Alex Carder also had a big game passing for five touchdowns. The problem for Western Michigan was the Edge just kept scoring. In addition to Moore’s kick return touchdown and pick six, Anthony Hughes also ran a kick back for a touchdown, and Darrelynn Dunn and J.J. Hayes found the end zone three times each.
Western Michigan opened up a 12 point lead in the third quarter when Carter hit wide receiver Donovan Campbell for a 27 yard touchdown. Moore’s kick return for a touchdown combined with a two point conversion cut the Ironmen’s lead to 3. Bloomington’s defense got a stop on the next possession which gave them the opportunity to take the lead. Quarterback Caleb Hoolbrook connected with wide receiver Marcus Lewis for an 18 yard gain setting the Edge up with a 1st and goal from the nine. On the next play Holbrook dropped a dime to Hayes for a touchdown which put the Edge up four.
Coach Ismail’s defense got another big stop on the next possession. Although Holbrook and the offense were unable to punch the ball in from inside the 10, kicker Cody Barber drilled a 15 yard field goal extending the Edge’s lead to 7.
Western Michigan scored on their next possession when Ringer reached the ball over the goal line on a two yard touchdown run. The Ironmen had a chance to tie the game with the extra point, but Jenkins had other plans.
“I beat the offensive linemen a couple times in the game on some quick moves,” Said Jenkins about blocking the extra point. “I thought he would be looking for that quick move again, so I decided to come with a straight bull rush instead. I got real good push, and got my hand on the ball.”
The blocked extra point sealed the Edge’s 68-67 victory.
“The offense was rolling,” commented head coach Ameer Ismail after the game. “This was our most productive game all year, so hats off to the offense”.
Special teams had a lot to do with the well rounded victory considering the two kick returns for a touchdown.
“As soon as I caught the ball the hole opened up like the Red Sea,” said Hughes about his first quarter kick return. “I hit that next gear to get through the hole before it closed, and was off to the races. I punished the kicker at the end so he knew it was going to be a long game for him.”
Linebacker Brandon Golson had nine total tackles including two pivotal sacks for the Edge defense. Dominique Patterson, Brad Blumenshine, Kyle Jenkins, and Marvin Booker had 3 tackles each. Bloomington moves to 6-3 on the season holding on to second place in the CIF North. The top four teams in each division qualify for the playoffs with the first and second place teams hosting home playoffs games. The Edge has a bye next week before returning home for an afternoon game against the Salina Liberty on May 20th at 1pm. For tickets please call the Edge office at 484-840-3343 or visit www.bloomingtonedge.net.