There was a discernible lull in Conway’s intensity Friday night when star senior receiver and South Carolina commitment Bryan Edwards went down without contact midway through the third quarter and had to be assisted off the field, unable to put any weight on his right leg.
Without Edwards for the remainder of the game, Conway still managed to wrestle momentum back from South Florence and pulled away with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to earn a 50-29 win.
“It’s more of an emotional thing than anything else, because you’ve got a guy that everybody believes in, and he goes down like that, and what do you do?” Conway coach Chuck Jordan said. “But I thought we reacted and responded well. I was proud of the kids. They went out and took care of business and we did what we had to do.”
Edwards went down without contact on a pass play and was in obvious pain as he grasped at his right leg and took off his helmet. He attempted to get up but went back down to the ground and had to be helped off the field without putting any pressure on his right leg.
Though it appeared to possibly be a serious knee injury, Edwards posted on his Twitter page shortly after the game: “Thanks for all the well wishes it doesn’t seem to be too serious hopefully I will be back soon!”
On Saturday morning, Edwards tweeted: “x-Rays went well doesn’t seem to be serious, no swelling MRI on Monday.”
Edwards displayed his explosiveness and brilliance with a 62-yard punt return for a touchdown late in the first quarter.
USC has three receivers committed for the 2016 class. Tre Jackson of Baton Rouge, La., tore an ACL and is out for the season.