Jonathan Edwards isn’t used to scoring return touchdowns. Then again, with other explosive teammates around him, he’s not the one to always receive kicks.
But against Westside, the senior returned a kick more than 70 yards for a score. He also had 102 receiving yards with two touchdowns as the Panthers beat the Patriots 39-9. Edwards’ big plays — he scored all three of his touchdowns in the first half — mean he’s the Player of the Week.
“The hole just opened up,” Edwards said about the special teams touchdown. “I’ve never really gotten a kick-off return – usually it’s B.J. [Raymond] because he’s deep. But when it opened up, I just saw it and went through.”
When Edwards was lined up as a receiver, Westside didn’t have much success stopping the big plays. Edwards needed only four catches to break the 100-yard mark, as the three-year starter had a good connection with quarterback Hunter Banks on deep throws.
“He’s just an explosive athlete,” Lakeside coach Jarrett Troxler said. “He gives you a chance to score every time he touches the ball. That’s the biggest thing for us.”