FIGHTING SCOTS FALL TO 16th-RANKED CARSON-NEWMAN IN OPENER 38-24
JEFFERSON CITY, TN – Edinboro opened the 2014 football season on Thursday night at 16th-ranked Carson-Newman. The young Fighting Scots hung with the Eagles for 2 ½ quarters before Carson-Newman wore the Scots down to wrap up a 38-24 win in the season opener for both teams.
The victory gave long-time Carson-Newman head coach Ken Sparks, now in his 35th season, his 319 career victory. He is the winningest action coach in the country and victory ties him with Pop Warner for sixth all-time in career victories.
Cody Harris threw for 177 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Fighting Scots. He gave Edinboro a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter on a five-yard pass to Nick Helmick. His second six-pointer, a 15-yarder to Darren Massey, gave the Fighting Scots a 14-7 lead with 4:35 left in the period.
The Eagles would score back-to-back touchdowns to take a 21-14 lead with under five minutes to play in the half, but Harris directed an 11-play, 73-yard drive that resulted in a 33-yard field goal by Paul Ortiz. The first career three-pointer by the redshirt freshman pulled the Scots to 21-17 at the half.
The lone score in the third quarter was a 69-yard burst by Anthony Ball to give Carson-Newman a 28-17 lead. That would be the first of three straight scores for the Eagles, as they took a 38-17 lead with 11:05 left to play.
Harris brought the Scots back on the next series, as they marched 73 yards on nine plays. He hooked up with Helmick for the second time, this one covering 17 yards, to pull the Scots within 38-24.
Edinboro would actually have one last opportunity when they recovered their fourth fumble of the night at the Boro 28 with 4 minutes, 30 seconds to play. The Scots failed to pick up a first down and were forced to punt.
After finishing fourth in Division II in rushing with 343 ypg., Carson-Newman ended the night with 353 yards on the ground and 515 yards in total offense. Edinboro ran for just 71 yards and totaled 248 yards. Massey caught 8 passes for 69 yards, and Helmick hauled in 5 passes for 54 yards.
Edinboro will hit the highway again next week, traveling to Shippensburg to open PSAC play.