After suffering its first loss of the season in week 7, the Edgemont football team defeated Haldane 22-16 last weekend to improve to 7-1. It was a nice bounce back win for the Panthers before their bowl game against Briarcliff on Saturday.
The season finale is at 3:30 at Edgemont High School and features the Independent League’s top two seeds. In the third week of the season, the Raiders topped Briarcliff 40-28.
This upcoming game, however, will have a new meaning. After losing in the three-four matchup last season against Briarcliff, the Panthers looked for revenge early this season. They got that revenge, but the ultimate goal was going undefeated and winning in the bowl title game. Though the undefeated season slipped away, the title is within reach.
“We’re the one seed, they’re the two so both teams deserve it, but now it's time to see who the best team in the league is,” coach Brendan Connolly said.
The Edgemont coach has been preparing his team for a game like this for many weeks and shows extreme confidence in his Panthers going into the game on Saturday.
The Panthers headed into their final regular season game against Haldane confident in themselves that they would win after a devastating loss the previous week at Tuckahoe.
“Every game you come in and you’re 0-0,” Connolly told his players.
The Panthers found themselves trailing early as they were down 8-0 to Haldane, but stormed back to take a 14-8 lead. The Panthers again trailed 16-14, but a late drive capped off by a Kirk Gialleonardo touchdown, followed by a two-point conversion to Jake Rosen, gave the Panthers the 22-16 lead that held up.
Gialleonardo threw for 142 yards and a touchdown and added 136 and two touchdowns on the ground. Rosen carried six times for 103 yards and Ryan Gordon had eight receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown.
These three have been a force for the Panthers offensively this season and have produced much of Edgemont’s offense. Edgemont will look to continue this stellar play on Saturday against Briarcliff.