SMYRNA — Cameron Edge was never sure if he would experience a game under the bright lights of the Smyrna High football stadium.
And when the moment arrived, he said all the emotions hit him at once and he teared up a little.
Then the hometown kid went out and delivered.
Edge’s first home game with the Eagles went about as well as he would have hoped as he helped Smyrna to a 56-6 victory Friday night against Arundel High of Maryland. Edge tossed four touchdown passes and the Eagles improved to 1-1 on the young season.
Edge, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior quarterback with a long list of Division I scholarship offers, last played an official football game in Smyrna when he was in seventh grade. He spent the last two high school seasons at DeMatha (Md.) Catholic High before coming back home for the final two years of high school.
“I’ve been picturing this moment for a very long time, probably two or three years ago, and I never thought it would happen,” Edge said. “As things got closer and closer, it became a reality. I think it definitely lived up to it and it’s a moment I’ll never forget.”
Edge finished Friday’s game with 410 passing yards on 17-of-29 attempts.
“I can remember him playing football with his boys behind the stands while we were playing I remember that like it was yesterday,” said Smyrna coach Mike Judy. “I’m really, really happy for all of our kids, but especially a kid like him who dreamed about this but wasn’t sure if he would get the chance to do it. He’s been nothing short of an amazing teammate and obviously he’s a tremendous talent.”
Wayne Knight was on the receiving end of most of Edge’s passes.
Knight, Smyrna’s star senior running back, caught three touchdowns, including one for 95 yards and another for 67. Knight got the scoring started with a 10-yard reception on the Eagles’ first drive of the game and it was all Smyrna after that.
Knight did plenty of damage on the ground as well with three rushing touchdowns. He also contributed five two-point conversions.
The recent Stony Brook commit said he’s focused on his overall game this summer to become a threat catching the ball as well as rushing.
“I try to embody that into my style of play,” Knight said. “I really worked hard on catching the ball and being able to run the ball out of the backfield as well.”
Shaqkeem Mayers added a rushing touchdown for the Eagles on a seven-yard rush with a running clock in the fourth quarter.
Smyrna was coming off a 52-6 loss at nationally-ranked Bergen Catholic of New Jersey last week. While the scoreboard didn’t look as good as the Eagles would have liked, Judy said they learned a lot about how good they can be.
“I hate losing but I’m not afraid to go against a team that can beat us,” Judy said. “We’re not going to duck a team like that. We went up there with the idea that we were going to fight hard and I thought our kids did that. Despite the scoreboard looking really lopsided, I felt like we really showed what we were made of guts-wise. If you’re a championship program, you got to challenge your kids like that.”
“It showed the level we can play at,” Edge said. “The score didn’t indicate how well we played offensively. We marched the ball down the field a lot we just didn’t punch it in. Honestly that’s what I what I was used to at DeMatha and I think we saw we’re not too far away from that level. If we continue to get better, we’re going to be a really good team.”