There was another record almost set by Fordham running back Chase Edmonds up at Rose Hill Saturday afternoon and despite turnovers the Rams came away with a 17-14 win over the Georgetown Hoyas in a Patriot League game. And like the weather it was ugly as the Rams were without Kevin Anderson their league leading quarterback.
Anderson was disciplined for violating team policies and backup quarterback Luke Medlock stepped in and threw two touchdowns for 95 yards with an interception. The Rams committed four turnovers and the Hoyas six, which added to the ugly win. The 17-points scored also were a season low, and much of that was attributed to the void of Anderson and the undisclosed disciplinary action.
But it was another good day for Edmonds, the junior, who set Fordham and league rushing marks in a 58-34 win over Lafayette two weeks ago. He rushed for 179 yards on 37 carries and was three carries shy to breaking a school record in a game that has been shared by three players.
Makay Redd and his 24-yard field goal with three minutes to play was the difference.
And it is obvious, the void of Anderson does hurt the Rams offense. The defense forced the turnovers and they once again came up big in the next to last home game for Fordham. In two weeks. Fordham will host Holy Cross at Yankee Stadium and by then the Patriot League title should be up for grabs or close to being decided.
“The defense performance was outstanding,” said head coach Andrew Breiner. Fordham held the Hoyas to minus two in rushing yards and intercepted passes five different times.
As to the developments that had Anderson sit down, Breiner was not at liberty to comment. However, he told his team before the game that without Anderson there would be a challenge to step up. The Rams took a quick 14-0 lead when Medlock threw touchdown passes of 3 and 37-yards to Robbie Cantelli.
“I told the guys in the locker room, I can’t put into words how proud I am of this football team, the adversity we had to face,” commented Breiner pertaining to not having Anderson, the turnovers and errors by special teams, and some things such as Anderson that are not game related.
“No one panicked, no one flinched,” he said. “The coaches had faith in the players. We put them in the position to execute. That is the picture and definition of a team win.”
Said Edmonds, “Right now I am just trying to keep this team focused to get to the Patriot League playoffs.”
It was their second straight conference win that has them opposing four in a row Next week, Fordham travels to Lehigh then returns to Rose Hill in two weeks to face Colgate. After that, the next to last game on the schedule is the Yankee Stadium meeting with Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon November 12th.
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