(WAOW) - Edgar's second straight football state title didn't come without a fight and once again, it was a solid defense that lifted the Wildcats to another gold ball.
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With a touchdown on its opening drive in the division 6 state championship, the Edgar football team looked like it would live up to its 46 points per game billing against Saint Mary's Springs.
But when the Wildcats offense failed to reach the endzone again, it was the Edgar defense that came through to bring home the school's second straight state title.
"Our defense is great," said Reed Lehman. "Six points could've won a lot of our games for us. Obviously it did again, it's just amazing."
Saint Mary's Springs had big chances to take control with two straight Edgar fumbles to open the second half, but the Ledgers were held to just one total yard on both drives following the fumbles.
"Give them credit for that, but then the defense would go in and hold them again, so once again our guys didn't back down when things looked bad for a while," Edgar head coach Jerry Sinz said.
"They had a lot of chances on our fumbles, I fumbled," Edgar running back Jorie Skrzypchak said. "Our defense just stepped it up and we told them, 'hey, step it up because it's going to be a hard fought battle."
The big defensive stand may have been a surprise to a Saint Mary's Springs team that came in averaging 33 points a game, but it was nothing new to Edgar fans.
After allowing just 20 points all of last season, the Wildcats shutout their first 7 opponents of the 2010 campaign on their road to the state title
"We felt like we knew what they were going to do all the time and we played a great game defensively and held them to three points which is great," Lehman said.
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