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Archive for October 23rd, 2018

SPORT SPOTLIGHT: Catch him if you can! No team has been able to stop Eastmoor Academy RB Savon Edwards, Jr.

 

Savon Edwards Jr makes opponents chase him all game every game (Toni Fisher photo)

1 ON 1 INTERVIEW WITH SAVON EDWARDS JUNIOR

Savon Edwards Jr. Eastmoor Academy RB Part 1 October 2018

Savon Edwards Jr. Eastmoor Academy RB Part 2 October 2018

Eastmoor Academy over the years has produced some of the best running backs in the Columbus City League.

2-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, his brother Ray Griffin, Everett Ross, Savon Edwards and more recently, Isaiah Pead. Speaking of Edwards, Savon Jr. is making a name for himself these days and giving opponents fits as they try to stop him every game. He gets behind the Warriors huge offensive line and by the time the defense sees him, he is in the clear to paydirt!

When you see Savon Jr. in person, you see a small, 5’7, 165-pound student and wonder if he is an athlete. But the soft-spoken senior is definitely an athlete and an all-purpose RB for the Warriors. He also plays DB, runs back kickoffs and punt returns and a threat to score on every play, every down he touches the ball.

Savon Edwards Jr. (megasportsnews.com photo)

Savon says that people have always doubted him and his ability due to his small stature. He used to hang around with his two older brothers as a kid and had to prove that he could play in the pickup games. He did prove himself then and is still proving himself now.

In 2017, he was the top player on an explosive offensive unit gaining 1,171 yards with 17 touchdowns on 138 rushes. As a pass receiver, Edwards caught 21 passes for 460 yards and nine TD’s. He also converted seven 2-point conversions. He was selected All-City League, second team All-Ohio. He has started all four years as a defensive back and in his third year starting at tailback.

He is so electrifying and said his dad has worked with him since Little League Football to get him to this point in his life. Savon Sr. is currently an assistant coach for the Warriors. He was a top-notch RB from 1990-1993 and went to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, which is located close to Ann Arbor on Interstate 94 in the Detroit area. So you see where Junior got his talent from.

The Warriors as we speak, are the #4 team in the OHSAA Week 10 Rankings in Division III, Region 11 at 8-1. Eastmoor Academy took care of business during Weeks 5-7 by defeating arch-rival Walnut Ridge 26-20, Marion-Franklin 47-0 and Independence 61-16 to show they were going to be the new South Division champions for 2018. They had been number 1 in their region all season until here recently. But when you play West and Africentric late in the season, you won’t pick up any computer points because those teams have low win totals.

Like most great athletes, Edwards deflects the accolades off himself and onto to his teammates. “We have a bunch of great players, he said. Miicah Coleman, Tyree Grace-Sawyer, Cameron Long, Roshawn Harper, Napoleon Harris, Marquise Laster, Travis Clodfelter, Tai Belcher and Rayvon Wheeler. Also, let’s not forget about the offensive line, defensive line, the coaching staff led by head coach James Miranda.”

16-year head coach Miranda says that he never had any idea that the younger Edwards would be this good but his talent, athletic ability, speed and incredible work ethic is simply outstanding. Plus, his dad working with him has made him into a solid player

Savon will finish his Warriors career as the number 2 rusher behind Pead. He says it is an honor to be included on that list of all-time backs in school history.

This season, Edwards has rushed for over 1,200 yards and has over 20 touchdowns. But despite all of that, his talent and solid grades in the classroom, he has not receiving any concrete offers from the college recruiters who are supposed to find talented players like him. But he keeps it all in perspective, “My dad always tells me to wait for your chance. Wait for that phone call.”

You know they will come calling. Some college can certainly use a talented athlete and great student like Savon Edwards, Jr.

Might this reporter suggest Otterbein University, University of Dayton, Miami University of Ohio and University of Cincinnati? Just trying to help out Savon!

Trust me, we will be reading about him playing college football somewhere and possible the NFL. Good Luck, Savon!

Week 9 Preview for the National Football League

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL ENTERS WEEK 8 AS 2018 SEASON APPROACHES MIDPOINT

As the season approaches the halfway point, the standings remain tight throughout the league as teams close out the month of October. Entering Week 8, there are 18 teams with a .500 or better winning percentage and 14 clubs with a winning record. Since 1990, 297 of the league’s 336 playoff teams (88 percent) had a winning record through seven games.

Through the first seven weeks of the season, 25 teams have at least three wins. Five teams – KANSAS CITY (6-1), the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-2), the LOS ANGELES RAMS (7-0), NEW ENGLAND (5-2) and NEW ORLEANS (5-1) – have at least five wins this season. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 80 percent (205 of 256) of the previous teams to start 5-2 or better advanced to the postseason, including eight of the nine teams to begin the season 5-2 or better in 2017.

A slow start, however, does not mean that hope is gone. There have been 39 teams since 1990 with a .500 or lower record after seven games to advance to the postseason.

The Rams, who are 7-0 for the first time since 1985, lead the league in point differential (+107), rank third averaging 33.6 points per game and fourth in points allowed per game (18.3). Los Angeles running back TODD GURLEY, who scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in Week 7, leads the NFL with 14 touchdowns this season and is the third different player in NFL history with at least 14 touchdowns in his team’s first seven games to start a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (15 in 1958) and PRIEST HOLMES (14 in 2002 and 14 in 2004). Defensively, Rams defensive tackle AARON DONALD leads the league with eight sacks and is one of three players in the NFL with at least 10 tackles for loss in 2018 (10).

The NFL enters Week 8 following another exciting weekend of action. Through the first seven weeks of the season, 61 games have been decided by one score, the second-most in NFL history through Week 7 (62 games in 2012), including seven such games last week. Thirty-three of those games have been decided by three or fewer points, the second-most in NFL history through Week 7 (39 games in 1999), including five such games last week. At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first seven weeks of the 2018 season, marking the first time since the regular-season overtime rule was instituted in 1974 that there has been an overtime game in each of a season’s first seven weeks.

Below are highlights of the Week 8 schedule:

Week 8 kicks off on Thursday night (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime) as the MIAMI DOLPHINS travel to NRG Stadium to take on the HOUSTON TEXANS in a battle of 4-3 teams in the AFC. Dolphins running back FRANK GORE has 18,087 career scrimmage yards in his 14-year NFL career and needs 104 scrimmage yards to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (18,190) for the sixth-most in league history. Texans defensive end J.J. WATT has seven sacks in his past five games and is one of two NFL players (VON MILLER) with at least seven sacks (seven) and four forced fumbles (four) this season.

The 2018 London Series concludes on Sunday morning (9:30 AM ET, NFL Network) as the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES meet the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS at Wembley Stadium. The Eagles are making their first appearance in London, while the Jaguars will play in the UK for the sixth consecutive season. Jacksonville quarterback BLAKE BORTLES threw four touchdown passes in the Jaguars’ last game in London (September 24, 2017 vs. Baltimore) and is one of three NFL quarterbacks since 2014 with at least 15,000 passing yards (16,663) and 1,500 rushing yards (1,628), joining Carolina’s CAM NEWTON and Seattle’s RUSSELL WILSON. Eagles quarterback CARSON WENTZ completed 30 of 37 passes (81.1 percent) for 310 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 119.6 passer rating in Philadelphia’s Week 7 loss to Carolina.

The DENVER BRONCOS and KANSAS CITY CHIEFS square off at Arrowhead Stadium in an AFC West battle (1:00 PM ET, CBS). In Week 4, Chiefs quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 304 yards with two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) and running back KAREEM HUNT rushed for 121 yards, including a go-ahead four-yard touchdown with 1:39 remaining in the fourth quarter in Kansas City’s 27-23 victory at Denver. Mahomes, who has played eight career games, leads the NFL with 22 touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (21) for the most touchdown passes by a player in his first eight career games in league history last week. In Denver’s Week 7 win at Arizona, Broncos wide receiver EMMANUEL SANDERS (102 receiving yards, TD catch and TD pass) became the eighth player in league history with at least 100 receiving yards, a touchdown catch and a touchdown pass in a single game and the second player to accomplish the feat this season (ODELL BECKHAM, JR. in Week 5).

On Sunday Night Football, a rematch of the 2017 NFC Divisional Playoff game between the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS and MINNESOTA VIKINGS takes center stage at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (8:20 PM ET, NBC). In that contest, former Vikings quarterback CASE KEENUM connected on a 61-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver STEFON DIGGS as time expired in the fourth quarter, giving Minnesota a 29-24 victory and punching a ticket to the NFC Championship Game. Saints quarterback DREW BREES leads the NFL with a 77.3 completion percentage (170 completions in 220 attempts) and a 121.6 passer rating, and has 13 touchdown passes without an interception this season. Vikings quarterback KIRK COUSINS ranks third in the NFL with 2,162 passing yards and fifth with a 70.0 completion percentage (210 of 300), joining Atlanta’s MATT RYAN as the only quarterbacks with at least 2,000 passing yards and a 70+ completion percentage this season.

 

NFL WEEK 8 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 28-29

(All times eastern)

Bye: Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee

​Thursday, October 25 Sunday, October 28 (cont’d)
Miami at Houston, 8:20 PM (FOX/NFLN/Amazon) Washington at New York Giants, 1:00 PM 

Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1:00 PM

Sunday, October 28 Indianapolis at Oakland, 4:05 PM
Philadelphia vs. Jacksonville (London), 9:30 AM (NFLN) San Francisco at Arizona, 4:25 PM
Baltimore at Carolina, 1:00 PM Green Bay at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 PM
New York Jets at Chicago, 1:00 PM New Orleans at Minnesota, 8:20 PM (NBC)
Tampa Bay at Cincinnati, 1:00 PM
Seattle at Detroit, 1:00 PM Monday, October 29
Denver at Kansas City, 1:00 PM New England at Buffalo, 8:15 PM (ESPN)