Cam Edwards scores five TDs, leads Norwalk football past No. 5 Wilton

WILTON — It’s been pretty clear since week one that Norwalk’s Cam Edwards is in the midst of an impressive season.

But what the Bears’ senior running back did on Friday night in Wilton? That almost defies description.

Edwards rushed for 291 yards and five touchdowns in a superlative performance, as Norwalk knocked off the Warriors 41-21 at Fujitani Field in Wilton. Edwards had 253 yards and four TDs in the second half, and added an interception as well.

“I give all the credit to my offensive line,” Edwards said. “They were making the holes for me so I give all the credit to them. I just try to keep that motor going. I look for plays and try to make any play to make my team win. I try to keep that motor all four quarters.”

Asked how he felt after the game, Edwards smiled.

“Yeah, I’m tired,” he said.

“He’s a special player,” Norwalk coach Pat Miller said. “We ask a lot out of Cam. We kind of put it on him that to soak this thing away, we need to keep going to you. For a two-way player to be able to do that just shows you how special a player he is.”

The Bears (6-3) are still alive in the Class LL playoff hunt, and will need to beat Brien McMahon on Thanksgiving and get some help in order to qualify.

Wilton (6-3), ranked No. 5 in the GameTimeCT Top 10 poll, was ninth in the Class L rankings and its playoff chances took a serious hit with Friday’s loss.

“(Edwards) was unstoppable,” Wilton coach EJ DiNunzio said “I would argue with whoever said he’s not the best running back in the state. And he’s a heck of a defensive player. He’s a football player. All the credit goes to Norwalk and their coaching staff. They out-played us and out-coached us.”

The Bears overcame a great game from Wilton wide receiver Parker Woodring, who had seven catches for 125 yards and a touchdown, and a gritty effort by quarterback Grant Masterson, who had 182 yards passing and 146 yards rushing, but was picked off four times.

Jack Cahill had two of those interceptions for Norwalk, with Edwards and Mysonne Pollard grabbing one each. Three of the picks came with the Warriors’ threatening, and two were in the end zone.

“We had the three red zone interceptions that were huge,” Miller said. “That’s three scores.”

Norwalk jumped out in front when quarterback Shawn Brown went deep for a 49-yard TD pass to Justin Oliver on the third play of the game. Edwards then ran for two more points.

Wilton answered with 11-yard TD run by Jake Sommer and Masterson TD pass of 13 yards to Craig Hyzy.

The Bears jumped back in front at 15-14 when Brown connected with Polland for 55 yards, and Edwards scored ona two-yard run on the next play.

Masterson then hit Woodring for a 27-yard scoring strike to give the Warriors a 21-15 lead at halftime.

Edwards’ 18-yard run with 6:18 to go in the third tied the score at 21-21 and he then picked off a pass in the red zone and returned it to the Norwalk 40-yard line. On the next play, Edwards broke loose for a 60-yard touchdown and a 28-21 Bears lead.

The Warriors again reached the red zone on the next possession, but Pollard made the big defensive play for Norwalk with an interception in the end zone.

On the next play, Edwards was off to the races again and went 80 yards to make it a 34-21 game.

“We knew we were going up against a really good football team,” DiNunzio said. “You can’t makes mistakes, you’ve got to play sound football, you’ve got to execute, and for the most part, we didn’t.”

After shutting down Wilton on the next series, the Bears fed the ball to Edwards on six consecutive plays, and the added another score on a 37-yard run to turn the lights out at 41-21.

Watching Edwards play week in and week out has been a pleasure for Miller, and has even opened the eyes of some Bears alumni.

“We had a kid from last year come in and he was watching practice and Cam jumps up and makes a ridiculous play,” Miller said. “The kid said ‘Whoa, what was that?’

The answer: “That was just Wednesday.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Cam Edwards, Norwalk: Forget “Player of the Game,” Edwards’ Friday night performance may make him the Player of the Year. He was simply unreal with five touchdown runs, including scores of 37, 60 and 80 yards, and added an interception on defense for good measure.

QUOTABLE

“We have the 24-hour rule that we celebrate wins for 24 hours and we mourn losses for 24 hours. After that, it’s right back to work. These kids have done a great job with it. They’re a funny group and that hasn’t changed. They enjoy being around each other and they’re a blast to be around” — Norwalk coach Pat Miller.

david.stewart@hearstmediact.com; @dstewartsports

NORWALK 41, WILTON 21

NORWALK 8 7 13 13 — 41

WILTON 7 14 0 0 — 21

N — Justin Oliver 49-yard pass from Shawn Brown (Cam Edwards run), 10:33

W — Jake Sommer 11-yard run (Michael Cooper kick), 5:08

W — Craig Hyzy 13-yard pass from Grant Masterson (Cooper kick), 6:59

N — Edwards 2-yard run (Andrew Hernandez kick), 5:14

W — Parker Woodring 27-yard pass from Masterson (Cooper kick), 3:22

N — Edwards 18-yard run (kick blocked), 6:26

N — Edwards 60-yard run (Hernandez kick), 1:44

N — Edwards 80-yard run (kick blocked), 10:13

N — Edwards 37-yard run (Hernandez kick), 4:10

Records: Norwalk 6-3, Wilton 6-3