Edwardsville forced seven turnovers and clinched a spot in the Class 7A playoffs Friday with a 70-0 victory over Collinsville in a Southwestern Conference game.
Junior quarterback Kendall Abdur-Rahman rushed for three touchdowns and passed for two more, sparking the Tigers (6-3, 6-1) to their sixth consecutive victory.
“I’m proud of the kids. I think they’ve gotten better every week,” Edwardsville coach Matt Martin said. “We’ve been preparing for good competition all year; we’ve played good competition, so we’ll see what happens.”
Edwardsville’s lead was 49-0 at halftime. The second half was played with a continuous running clock. The Kahoks (1-8, 1-6) allowed 457 points this season.
Senior lineman Cale Warrer credited the Tigers coaching staff for keeping the team together after it opened the season with three straight losses.
“They kept our spirits up, kept working us real hard, getting us ready for the bigger teams,” Warrer said. “Coach Martin always says we’re not preparing for the team we’re facing that week, we’re preparing for the best team. We never prepared for Collinsville. We prepared for state championship (-caliber) teams.”
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