Emotions dominate wild ride of Norwalk-Edison game

It was the classic case of mixed emotions Friday night in Milan.
Mark Hazelwood
Aug 27, 2011

It was the classic case of mixed emotions Friday night in Milan.
On one side you had Norwalk, who has put an incredible amount of pressure on itself to break a consecutive losing seasons streak of 34 years, desperately doing whatever it needed to win.
On the other side was Edison, a program that essentially graduated every last bit of it's production from 2010 on both sides of the ball, but were right there in the end despite two huge mistakes that cost them a two-touchdown swing.
The Truckers had a 14-0 lead with 14-plus minutes left, but Edison roared back to pull within 14-13 with 31 seconds left. However, the PAT sailed wide right and Norwalk hung on for the win.
Norwalk coach Chris MacFarland, who can't wait until us journalists can quit bringing up the Truckers awful past to him, had considered going for it with 2:38 left in the game and his team up 14-7.
The Truckers had the ball at their own 13 and needed less than a yard.
"We did consider going for it, but we've really worked on our special teams in practice for situations like that," MacFarland said. "The kids believed they could get it, and I believed in them, but I told the offensive line, 'hey, you had your chance on third down and didn't get it, so we're going to play smart football here and punt.'"
Edison coach Jim Hall watched his young team get stuffed on fourth-and-goal from the 2 on the final play of the first half to trail 6-0. That was after a botched punt attempt gave the Truckers the ball at the Edison 14 to set up the only score of the half.
However, if the second half is any indication, Hall may have found himself another nice QB to follow Zac Yovanov and Brandon Tomson with junior Tommy Gerbracht.
After a 2-of-6 for 40 yards performance in the first half, Gerbracht was 10 of 17 for 128 yards in the second half with a TD pass with 31 seconds left. He also added a 20-yard run on fourth-and-8 at the Norwalk 20 in the third quarter for the Chargers' first points of the season.
"I thought Tommy grew up in the fourth quarter tonight," Hall said. "And this is a building process. But you look at the way we battled back, the way we showed character and resiliency ... I think we're headed in the right direction with this group."