Edmondson planned to jump out on Poly quickly in Friday night's Baltimore City Division I football game and Hakeem Holland made sure that happened.
A senior running back and safety, Holland scored twice in the first six minutes — on a 6-yard run and a 40-yard interception return — to get the Red Storm rolling toward a 41-14 victory at Poly's Lumsden-Scott Stadium.
"The game plan was to turn it up early and it worked for us," Holland said. "The interception was big, because I seen the ball, I seen where the quarterback was going to throw it and I attacked it. This is my first time playing Poly, so this is really a big win for me."
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In a rivalry that has gone back and forth in recent years, the Red Storm (4-0, 3-0 division) avenged last season's 12-0 loss. Edmondson was the last to win two in a row, in 2005 and 2006.
On Friday night, Holland, who ran 10 times for 76 yards, got things started and senior quarterback Tyjuan Eaton kep it rolling with four touchdown passes. His fourth, a 2-yard pass to Quantaye Battle, gave the Red Storm a 41-6 lead with 11:12 left in the game.
The Engineers (2-2, 2-1) never did get much traction behind their offense. They fell behind 18-0 when Eaton threw his first touchdown pass to Battle, a 12-yard strike for an 18-0 lead.
The Red Storm held the Engineers to negative yardage and without a first down in the first quarter. The Engineers fumbled their first two snaps but recovered both times. They turned the ball over twice — once on Holland's interception and again on a fumble late in the third quarter that led to the Red Storm's final touchdown.
"We back ourselves up," Poly coach Larry Webster said. "When you have fumbles like that and turnovers — turnovers hurt. The team that has the most ends up losing generally. At least that's how I've seen it in the games that I've been in."
Early in the second quarter, the Red Storm helped Poly's offense finally get moving with four Edmondson penalties. Eric White's 9-yard pass to Quinton Norfleet finally got Poly on the board with 6:35 left in the half.
The Engineers held Edmondson to three-and-out on its next possession and then mounted a steady eight-play drive, but they turned the ball over on downs and the Red Storm closed out the half with Eaton's 7-yard touchdown pass to Jerome Gross.
Eaton tossed another 7-yard touchdown pass to Jaleel Sassafrass four minutes into the second half and Holland ran in the conversion to boost the lead to 34-6.
Eaton completed 8 of 13 passes for 90 yards and Marcellus Pack ran 12 times for 74 yards for the Red Storm. For Poly, Stephen Scott had 14 carries for 71 yards.
The Red Storm win leaves only two teams unbeaten in Division II — Edmondson and Dunbar (2-1, 2-0), which faces Mervo on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Poly. The two will meet on Oct. 5.
E 18 8 8 7 -- 41
P 0 6 0 8 -- 14
E—Holland 6 run (run failed)
E—Holland 40 INT ret (run failed)
E—Battle 12 pass from Eaton (run failed)
P—Norfleet 9 pass form White (run failed)
E—Gross 7 pass from Eaton (Eaton run)
E—Sassafrass 7 pass from Eaton (Holland run)
E—Battle 2 pass from Eaton (kick)
P—Scott 3 run (Wyche pass from White)