St. Edward junior running back Cole Gest helped the #14 Eagles to an impressive 38-7 victory over Gilman (Maryland) in the season opener for both schools. Gest carried the ball only 11 times for 195 yards, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Gest scored three touchdowns on runs of 2, 30 and 81 yards.
The St. Edward defense was also very good at containing Gilman quarterback Kai Locksley, a Florida St. recruit. Locksley was 2 of 8 for 13 yards, while gaining just 45 yards on the ground. The 6-5, 200 dual-threat QB chose Florida St. over Texas and Maryland. His father is the offensive coordinator at the University of Maryland.
After the game, Gilman head coach Biff Poggi said this about St. Ed to the Baltimore Sun: “They are really good. They’re as good as anyone we’ve ever played. They are as good as [New Jersey’s] Don Bosco [Prep] was when they were undefeated for three years in a row. St. Edward has great athletes, and they are so well-coached.”