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Edison’s National Security

With 38-0 rout of Yorktown, Edison proves its mettle in National District.

Levi Barber tossed two touchdown passes, Angus Harper ran for two more and the Edison football team amassed 419 yards of offense, as the Eagles rolled to a 38-0 road win over Yorktown and snatched the National District’s top spot.

All of Edison’s touchdowns came in a lopsided opening half, the first courtesy of a 67-yard run from Harper on the first play from scrimmage.

“[The defenders] were where they needed to be, but they weren’t making tackles,” said Harper, who totaled 126 yards and two touchdowns. “So I just bounced off, ran hard and kept going

into the end zone.”

Edison forced Yorktown to punt after Harper’s touchdown. Facing second-and-12 from the Yorktown 20-yard line, Barber, a junior quarterback, flicked a pass to senior Corey Washington in the left slot.

<b>WASHINGTON SLICED</b> through the Yorktown defense and found his way into the end zone, staking Edison to a 14-0 lead only three minutes into the game.

After a Yorktown punt, Edison coach Vaughn Lewis turned to another one of his many playmakers on offense -- senior running back Stephon Robertson (eight carries, 90 yards). With four consecutive runs, Robertson marched his team 65 yards for its third score of the night.

“It’s hard to defend all of our athletes,” said Lewis, whose team has now won six of its past seven games against the Patriots. “I’m not saying it’s impossible, but it’s more difficult to defend because we have athletes to spread across the field.”

Edison settled for a 23-yard field goal from senior Mehdi Charfi on its next possession, and Harper’s second score put the Eagles ahead, 31-0.

But with less than two minutes remaining before halftime, Barber (154 total yards) drilled junior Christian Washington a slant route from 27 yards out, all but sealing the win.

“I’m very proud of my team,” said Barber, whose older brother Ben quarterbacked the Eagles to the Division 5 title game last season. “We scored on the first play, and that just set the tone for the rest of the game. This was a great stepping stone to come out and show everybody that we’re on top of the National District.”