Edmunds, St. Vincent aiming to grab win in final game
One win. That's the focus.
Jeannette native Sean Edmunds is a starting offensive lineman at St. Vincent College, a football team that has endured a brutal season.
The Bearcats are 0-9 overall, 0-7 in the NCAA Division III Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) and have been outscored 321-100 this season. The team's final game is this Saturday at home against Bethany College (3-6, 3-4), and Edmunds and his teammates are determined to avoid a winless season.
“We've just got to get one,” he said.
The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Edmunds, a Greensburg Central Catholic graduate, is a big part of the St. Vincent program in more ways than one.
After serving as a reserve his first season and seeing spot duty last year, Edmunds has emerged as a starting guard this season.
“He's very consistent, very solid,” said St. Vincent offensive line coach Bernie Colbert.
The coach added that not only does Edmunds bring impressive size, he's also working hard at perfecting his craft.
“He's worked extremely hard to get where he is right now,” said Colbert.
“It's not just strength or just technique with him, it's his work ethic more than anything.
He has worked hard to get into shape, and he's always working to improve his technique.
“Just last week, Sean asked me to work with him on some technique after practice. He wanted to improve.”
As a result of that dedication, Edmunds has also become a very versatile player for the Bearcats, playing every position on the line except center.
“Playing so many positions, I pretty much have to know every single play and what each position does on each play,” he said.
Edmunds is pleased to have locked down a starting spot, but, not surprisingly, he's more focused on what he needs to do to improve.
“I feel that I can get downfield and help the team out run blocking. Since I'm a bigger guy, the other offensive linemen and I can really move some people around out there,” he said. “I definitely want to improve my pass blocking.”
Last week, St. Vincent fell to Grove City 36-26.
The close score represents what's been the most encouraging aspect of the season for the Bearcats: steady improvement.
Colbert said he's seen improvement in the team overall, including Edmunds.
The local product echoes those statements, and is confident next year will be a season fill with more Ws.
“I definitely think we can build a lot off of this year,” he said.
“We've gained a lot of experience.”
Still, 1-9 looks so much better than 0-10. Like any competitor, Edmunds does not like losing.
“It's something we have to deal with. In high school we were a pretty good team, so I'm used to winning,” he said. “It's frustrating at times because we all want to win, but we've got to keep working, keep getting better.”
Kickoff against Bethany is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The game will be broadcast at athletics.stvincent.edu.
Waynesburg was idle last weekend, but senior running back Thomas Paulone was honored yet again.
The Jeannette grad was named the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) special teams player of the week for his efforts in the Yellow Jackets' 38-19 win over Westminster on Nov. 2.
In addition to having a big day rushing the ball, Paulone blocked a punt in that game, which resulted in a touchdown; he was previously named the Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC) special teams player of the week for the same game.
Waynesburg is 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the PAC. They still have a shot at a Division III at-large playoff bid. They play their final regular season game this Saturday, when they hit the road to take on Washington and Jefferson (7-2,6-1).
Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast at waynesburgsports.com.
Mahoney, Mount Union stay undefeated
It was a game far closer than most expected, but Mount Union, featuring Jeannette native Pat Mahoney, stayed undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Division III with a 30-7 win over Baldwin Wallace on Saturday.
Baldwin Wallace entered the game 6-2, while, entering the contest, Mount Union had defeated its opposition by an average of 42 points per game. Still, Baldwin Wallace kept the game close until the Purple Raiders opened it up in the fourth quarter.
Mahoney, a junior Greensburg Central Catholic graduate, began the season as the team's starting center and is now the starting right guard.
Mount Union, now 8-0 overall and 7-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, finishes its regular season this Saturday in a home game with John Carroll (8-0, 7-0).
Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast at athletics.mountunion.edu.
Batts, IUP cruise
In Division II action, IUP and Jeannette grad Jordan Batts rolled to a 55-20 win over Gannon on Saturday. Batts, a redshirt sophomore defensive end, had at tackle in the victory, which improves IUP to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
The Crimson Hawks are still gunning for a spot in the Division II playoffs. They close out the regular season this Saturday with a road game against Shippensburg (7-3, 6-1). Kickoff is at 1 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on 92.5 FM and at iupathletics.com.
Brian Knavish is a contributing writer.