|Edison wide receiver Johnny Sears is wrapped up by Clovis East linebacker Robert Montano.|
After sitting out a practice Sears was right back in the nic of things while leading a stubborn Edison defense that rebounded from the sting of an opening 29-15 loss to Serra to post three-straight wins, 63-7 over Yosemite, 45-13 over Clovis West, the team that handed perrenial national powerhouse Concord De La Salle their second loss of the season earlier in the year, and 14-10 victory over Central Section powerhouse Buchanan. This set up Friday's match-up between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the section in Clovis East and Edison, respectively.
|Sears puts a move on Clovis East defensive back Durrell Oliver|
Clovis East runs a very disciplined Winged-T based offense that relies on misdirection. Running back Tracy Slocum finished the night with 154 yards on 27 carries, along with two touchdowns. While the Timberwolves offense was effective, putting up 299 yards total rushing, it was the potent Edison offense that brought the demise of the Tigers. Five turnovers, three in the red-zone, stifled drives. "You can't win ball games like this when you make mistakes," Edison defensive backs coach Tony Perry said after the game. "We just came off a big win over Buchanan and felt we had what it took to beat a very good Clovis East team, we just didn't get it done tonight. We'll be back."
|Johnny Sears lays a hit on Clovis East running back Andrew Pancotti|
GBW readers will recall that Sears had an emergency appendectomy shortly after his outstanding performance at the Stanford Nike camp. the performance that earned him his Michigan offer. As such he was held out of summer drills and forced Edison Head Coach Tim McDonald to gradually ease Sears into the Tiger attack. "We need to have his athleticism on the field as much as possible," McDonald told GBW in August. "We want him to play offense and defense when he gets to 100 percent." However, the speedy Sears wasn't utilized as a wide receiver until the final Edison drives of the game, where he made several catches, including one spectacular sideline catch that brought the ball to the Clovis East 18-yard line late in the fourth quarter. On the next play running back Dalen Mason fumbled the ball and Clovis East recovered. Edison has one more chance to score. On the last play of the game Hall connected to Sears, who went on to showcase his speed, quickness, footwork, and heart as he eluded Timberwolves defenders in a valiant but
|"King" Johnny Sears and "Queen" Brooklynn Edwards at Edison Homecoming ceremonies Friday.|
When asked after the game why he wasn't used on offense more, Sears only said, "I'm back to 100 percent, it's the coaches decision not to use me but I'm ready."
It was homecoming night for Edison and at halftime Sears was honored as Homecoming King. Joining him was Homecoming Queen Brooklynn Edwards. The pair received a standing ovation when they were announced together.
Edison visits Hoover this Friday.