Moses stablizes Edison program

EAST LIVERPOOL — The journey begins Friday night.

The Edison football team looks to start the season off on the right foot as it opens the season against Buckeye 8 North Division rival East Liverpool at 7:30 p.m. at Patterson Field.

The game will be the first for the Wildcats under the guidance of first-year head coach Nate Moses, who took over the program after Derrick Stickles resigned July 20.

“The kids are buying in,” Moses said. “They are improving every day. It’s not easy, but nothing is ever easy. We wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Both the Wildcats and the Potters finished last season with records of 3-7. Edison opened the season with a 29-14 victory over East Liverpool at Cartwright Memorial Field.

“We have seen them in their scrimmages,” Moses said. “They have a big fullback. He is going to be a challenge for us.

“The biggest thing for us is we have to do what we do. We cannot worry about the other team. We have to get done what we have been working on. We are focused on ourselves.

“We have to worry about making our blocks and making the right reads. Our No. 1 job is for us to do what we have been working on. If we do that, the rest will take care of itself.”

The last time the teams played at East Liverpool, the Potters defeated the Wildcats, 27-20, in Week 1 in the 2015 season.

“Absolutely, the kids are excited,” Moses said. “This is a big opportunity for our seniors. It is like Coach (Spencer) Bendle said this is our senior’s last opener.

“The kids are excited. They are looking forward to it. The coaching staff and myself are looking forward to it. It is going to be a challenge, but we are ready for it.”

The Potters have won a lot of games through the years at Patterson Field.

“There is a lot of tradition up there,” Moses said. “They have had some really good teams up there. There is a lot of tradition up there. We are going to be ready to go, and we are looking forward to going up there and playing a really good high school football game.”

The Wildcats were 3-3 through six weeks last season before ending the season on a four-game losing streak.

“We just want to continue to get better,” Moses said. “You never prepare to lose. Our No. 1 goal right now is to beat East Liverpool. That is what we are focused on. We are just trying to get ready to win a football game. We are excited about the opportunity to do that.”