EDGERTON - A 26-point second quarter powered Edgerton past Antwerp 47-13 in a battle of teams and head coaches in search of victory number one on Friday night.

Gannon Ripke scored three touchdowns to help the host Bulldogs to a 33-6 halftime advantage and the Archers could never recover in a Green Meadows Conference battle that left Antwerp 0-3 on the season.

“We started the game off with mistakes and did not set the tone,” explained Antwerp second-year head coach Jason Hale. “We managed our way through the first quarter and then in the second quarter they just made more plays than we did. We need to make plays offensively and defensively to not allow them to have a huge second quarter.”

Ripke hit paydirt on a 14-yard run with 8:15 to go in the opening quarter and then made it 13-0 with a 46-yard jaunt 11:50 before halftime.

A Corey Everetts to Nate Timbrook 29-yard TD pass upped the Edgerton lead to 19-0 with 7:59 still to play in the opening half and 4:50 later Craig Blue increased the margin to 27-0 with a one-yard touchdown carry.

Antwerp got on the scoreboard just 37.9 seconds before half on a Carson Altimus 19-yard TD toss to Trayce Lengacher but the momentum heading into the locker room went back to Edgerton after Ripke hauled in a 22-yard touchdown pass from Everetts with 6.1 seconds left in the second quarter for a 33-6 lead.

“Their score before half was big because it took the wind out of our sails,” Hale pointed out.

Everetts connected with Timbrook for another Edgerton TD 6:14 into the third to make it 41-6 and Isaiah Canales closed out the Bulldogs’ scoring with a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

An 11-yard strike from Altimus to Landon Brewer with 6:10 left gave the Archers their other TD of the contest, with Kendric Robinson booting the PAT.

“(I’m) very proud of our team coming out, battling, executing, doing things right and coming away with a win,” Edgerton first-year head coach Brody Flegal said after his squad improved to 1-2 on the season. The Bulldogs lost to Hicksville and Tinora to open the campaign.

Edgerton finished with 406 yards of total offense while Antwerp was limited to 155.

Freshman Carson Altimus was 15-of-21 passing for 131 yards and two TDs for the Archers, which could muster just 24 yards on the ground on 23 attempts.

“Our guys are playing hard, we just need to keep developing and working hard to get to where we want to be,” Hale said.

The Bulldogs totaled 309 yards rushing with Everetts adding 7-of-9 through the air for 97 yards and four scores.

The going does not get any easier for Antwerp, which hosts Tinora and visits Fairview the next two weeks, a pair of unbeaten GMC squads.

“We have guys that are getting better and need to keep improving with reps each week in practice,” Hale concluded. “We really need to focus on the details and technique going forward the next two weeks with two great opponents.”