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Edgewater scores defensive TD in final seconds in win at Kissimmee Osceola

Orlando Sentinel logoOrlando Sentinel 10/17/2020 By J.C. Carnahan, Orlando Sentinel
a group of people playing football on a field: Edgewater senior Christian Leary returned a punt for a touchdown Friday night during a 31-24 win at Kissimmee Osceola. It was the first game for the Eagles since Sept. 25 after the team was forced to quarantine due to positive COVID-19 test results. © Gerald Leong / Orlando Sentinel/Orlando Sentinel/TNS Edgewater senior Christian Leary returned a punt for a touchdown Friday night during a 31-24 win at Kissimmee Osceola. It was the first game for the Eagles since Sept. 25 after the team was forced to quarantine due to positive COVID-19 test results.

It was worth the wait.

Edgewater (2-1), playing for the first time in three weeks, came away with a turnover and game-winning touchdown in the final seconds Friday night to escape with a 31-24 win at Kissimmee Osceola (3-1) in a thrilling showdown of Sentinel Super 16 teams.

The Eagles (2-1) entered the game ranked No. 2 in the area. Osceola (3-1) came in at No. 6. Both teams lived up to the billing.

Jeremiah Connelly stripped Osceola quarterback Chad Mascoe of the ball after chasing him down from behind while the junior rolled to his left, and Bryce Turner scooped it up on a bounce near midfield and returned for a score with 4.8 seconds to spare.

“[Assistant] Coach Joyce told me to blitz off the edge,” said Connelly. “And when I went off the edge [I noticed that] he was holding the ball with one hand, so I hit the arm he had it in and grabbed the other one so he wouldn’t pick it up and took him to the ground, then I seen Bryce pick it up and score.”

Turner, a transfer from Olympia, was escorted by three teammates while marching toward the end zone in front of a frantic Edgewater sideline on the game’s decisive play.

“I seen the ball flip up in the air just thought [to] run. I was focused on getting the touchdown," said Turner. "I felt like I was running a little slow and like somebody was behind me, and I had to tuck the ball and get in the end zone.”

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