Northeast High knew exactly what Episcopal and T.J. Wisham wanted to do. The Vikings just couldn’t control the senior running back.
Wisham ran for a game-high 218 yards on 27 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead Episcopal past Northeast 30-12 in a District 6-2A game Thursday night at EHS.
It was the fourth straight win for the Knights (6-1, 5-0), who hold a slim lead over ninth-ranked Madison Prep in the 6-2A standings.
“Northeast has been playing really good football,” Episcopal coach Travis Bourgeois said. “We knew we had out work cut out for us and we practiced that way. Our guys did a good job of executing and rebounding after we fumbled on our first drive.
“The defense kept the momentum going and gave our offense a chance and they responded.”
Other than that fumble into the end zone for a touchback, it was hard to find fault with the Knights’ effort. Kade Edenfield completed 7 of 8 passes for 76 yards and scored on a 1-yard run to complement Wisham, who capped his night with a 75-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Caden Dickinson returned an interception 65 yards for TD and also had two sacks for a defense that produced a safety. Howell Eglin recovered a fumble and led the charge to get the safety.
Marqueon Minor completed 12 of 24 passes for 173 yards and one TD. He scored the other TD for the Vikings (4-3, 2-2) on a 5-yard run.
“There were some things I could have done better,” Wisham said. “At halftime I had it in mind I was going to break one. The line made all that possible.”
The Knights took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards to the NHS 1 before fumbling.
There was no mishap on the second possession that followed a short Northeast punt. Edenfield scored on a 1-yard run with 3:16 left in the first quarter. He completed an 18-yard pass to David Tatman to set up the score.
The Knights made defensive plays. Eglin recovered a Viking fumble with 59 seconds left in the first quarter to set up another score. EHS’ Trevor Bisson made a 46-yard field goal, but a roughing the kicker call gave the Knights another chance at a TD.
And Episcopal cashed in with Wisham running 15 yards for a TD that made it 13-0 with 10:58 to go in the half.
It didn’t take Northeast long to answer. Minor tossed a 50-yard TD pass to Ramon Parker 58 seconds later.
What happened next shifted the momentum. Dickinson’s 65-yard interception return and Wisham’s two-point run gave EHS a 21-6 halftime lead.
“I thought the interception was the turning point in the game,” Northeast coach David Masterson said. “If we complete that screen pass it may go for a TD and instead it was touchdown the other way. And when we couldn’t score to open the second half, it was huge too.”
Dickinson gave credit to teammate Sam Rotenberg for putting him in position for the pick-six.
“(Rotenberg) put me right where I needed to be,” Dickinson said. “And I ran with it.”
Bourgeois smiled and dismissed his players with cautionary warning.
“We’ve got a good thing going,” Bourgeois said. “We don’t want to mess it up.”