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Edison, St. Paul offenses make progress in scrimmage

By JOSH MORGRET • Updated Aug 23, 2019 at 10:26 PM

MILAN — The final dress rehearsal.

Friday was the last time St. Paul and Edison will face other teams before it counts for real next week.

Cam Caizzo scored twice to lead the Flyers to a 21-14 victory in two quarters that was played in real, game-like situations.

"I saw a lot of things we have to continue to work and get better at," St. Paul coach John Livengood said. "Edison runs their offense very well. If you are not disciplined defensively, they are going to expose you. There were times that they exposed us."

Chargers' coach Jim Hall echoed Livengood when it came to his team's performance.

"I saw a lot of positives obviously, but also a lot of negatives," Hall said. "I liked the way we were able to fight back from being down 14-0. We kept our composure."

St. Paul received the ball first at its own 35-yard line and picked up three first downs including one on a 16-yard pass by Myron Stoll. Later, facing 4th and 4 at the Edison 17, Caizzo bumped to the outside and rumbled the rest of the way. The extra point by Tyler Perkins put the Flyers up 7-0 with 6:51 left in the first.

Edison went three-and-out and St. Paul wasted little time scoring again. Stoll threw a 66-yard pass and two plays later, Caizzo scored from a yard out.

"I think the biggest thing we need to work on is our conditioning," Hall said. "I think we made a couple mistakes because we were tired. That is just due to not playing at this game speed."

The Chargers finally got their offense going behind sophomore quarterback Thomas Simon. A first down gain put Edison at the 50. Simon covered that distance on the next play on a nice play fake that he kept. The extra point cut the St. Paul lead to 14-7.

"This scrimmage is about like a game for both sides," Hall said. "It is good for (Simon) to get in there."

The Flyers were unsuccessful on their third drive and punted just before the quarter ended. Edison went on a 10-play, 70-yard drive that was capped by a 10-yard touchdown run from Joe Stoll to tie the game.

"Our younger guys have to get more physical," Livengood said. "You go into a scrimmage and what you are trying to do is you are trying to get better. You are trying to learn about yourself."

St. Paul punted again, but Edison fumbled on its second play. The Flyers cashed in. A 2-yard TD run by Justin Butler on the first play put St. Paul back ahead, 21-14.

Edison's offense went back to work, as Simon picked up 17 and 13 yards on consecutive passes. He added a 18-yard run as the Chargers got to the St. Paul three-yard line. A false start pushed Edison back five yards, and the drive ended when the Chargers fumbled for the second possession in a row.

"Things I was happy with defensively, I thought we created a couple nice turnovers there," Livengood said. "We played aggressive."

Caizzo picked up two first downs on the ground as St. Paul ran out the clock in the half and the scrimmage.

"Facing St. Paul, we love it and we hate it at the same time," Hall said. "We know it is a measuring stick on how physical we can be. At the same time, if we hit them and match their physicality, that can set us up for success."

All told, St. Paul ran 30 plays for 203 yards while Edison ran 24 plays for 193 yards.

"We found plenty of things we need to work on, and a lot of that is a credit to Edison," Livengood said. "They do a great job. Jim runs a real good football program. It's a tough offense to defend."

In junior varsity action, Edison scored three touchdowns among their 30 plays while St. Paul was held scoreless.

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