No. 20 Edmondson remains perfect; Bright and Frink score TDs (VIDEO HERE!)

Douglass wide receiver Damien Gray is brought down by Edmondson defensive back Raymond Fortune during the second half of Friday’s Baltimore City Division I football contest. The Red Storm improved to 6-0 with a 16-0 Homecoming decision in west Baltimore.

by Derek Toney

After his football team improved to 6-0 Friday, Edmondson High football coach Corey Johnson told his team in the postgame huddle that there’s target on their backs. The proverbial target is getting bigger with each victory – the latest a 16-0 decision over Douglass in a Baltimore City Division I battle in west Baltimore.

Juniors Joseph Bright and Daniel Frink each provided a rushing touchdown to spark Edmondson’s offense. The Red Storm defense posted its second shutout in three city league matches.

At 6-0, Edmondson (3-0 Division I) is off to its best start since 2014 when it won its first nine decisions. The Red Storm went 7-4 last season.

“We graduated 23 seniors last year, my starting quarterback transferred at the end of July to Woodlawn so we were in scramble mode,” said Edmondson coach Corey Johnson. “This is a pleasant surprise.”

“We had some doubts,” said Bright. “As the season has gone on and the coaches building us up, we believe we can do it.”

Bright, 5-foot-11 and 245 pounds, powered his way into the end zone in the opening quarter for the Red Storm’s first score. Sophomore Bryan Berry added the two-point conversion.

The Red Storm defense which Johnson said struggled against City College’s spread offense in a 22-12 decision last weekend, did a much better job against Douglass’ attack. Senior defensive end Montez Gaskin, Frink, senior defensive back Kevin Martin, junior defensive back Xavier Johnson and senior defensive tackle Kalel Adell each played major roles.

“When we came in Monday for practice, I told my team we got to be hungry and focused,” said Gaskin, 5-11, 200. “Today, we came to battle. We can’t take no days off. We got the job done.”

In the fourth , Edmondson pressured Ducks (4-2, 3-1 Division I) quarterback Ryan Matthews in the end zone, leading to a safety for intentional grounding. Edmondson got possession at Douglass’ 35 after returning the free kick, and Frink covered the distance in two carries, extending the Red Storm lead to 16-0 with 9 minutes, 53 seconds left in regulation.

Edmondson’s offense was sporadic Friday, and Johnson knows that unit needs to be more consistent in the coming weeks. The Red Storm are on the road the remainder of regular season, including matches at reigning league and Class 1A state champ Dunbar (Ben Eaton Memorial Game) and 13th-ranked Mervo.

Joseph Bright (left) and Montez Gaskin helped Edmondson’s defense post a second shutout Friday. The No. 20 Red Storm has allowed 56 points in six games.

“Now that we’re 6-0 everybody is going to be taking their best shot at us,” said Johnson, who claimed his sixth Homecoming victory in as many seasons as Red Storm coach Friday. “Now, that’s something we got continue to tell our guys.”

No. 20 Edmondson 16, Douglass 0

Douglass 0 0 0 0 – 0

Edmondson 8 0 0 8 – 16

First quarter

Edmondson – Joseph Bright 5 run (Bryan Berry run)

Fourth quarter

Edmondson – Safety (intentional grounding by Douglass out of end zone)

Edmondson – Daniel Frink 5 run (run failed)