Since Southern Lehigh's remarkable senior quarterback/safety Travis Edmond is such a selfless football player that he absolutely refuses to talk about himself, other sources must be brought in to do so.
Edmond, 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds of pure heart, guts and talent, would tell you his play speaks for himself.
It certainly did in Friday night's 40-37 donnybrook of a win over previously unbeatenNorthwestern Lehigh. Edmond's numbers told a story: 150 yards rushing and a touchdown on 19 carries. 117 yards passing, three touchdowns. Six tackles, including perhaps the play of the game, on defense.
Maybe Edmond's motto could be speak softly and carry some big stats.
But the stats don't say enough.
When the game was the on the line in the fourth quarter -- and Northwestern led 29-26 when it started -- Edmond was everywhere. Of 14 Solehi plays in the fourth, Edmond had the ball on 11 of them. He ran as hard as any running back between the tackles. Edmond's 20-yard TD run could not have improved on as he dodged tacklers, broke a tackle and found a burst on what had to be weary legs.
Simply put, Edmond imposed his will on the Tigers.
Maybe more impressive than any offensive play was the fourth-down stop of Northwestern's 1,000-yard rusher Harry "The Horse" Hall that set up that remarkable run.
Hall maybe had a hole to get the two yards he needed on coach Josh Snyder's gamble from his own 42 -- for the record, we liked the aggressive play call -- but then a whole lot of Spartans, looking like their namesakes at Thermopylae, filled it.
And the man on the bottom of the pile, the one who hit Hall's churning legs? Edmond.
Edmond graciously accepted a compliment for the play but promptly deflected praise to his teammates, especially junior linebacker/fullback Dylan Niedbalski, who, like Edmond, owned the fourth quarter.
But since getting word one out of the pleasant, friendly and thoughtful Edmond about himself -- he must have mentioned half of his team in a postgame interview -- is Mission: Impossible and we don't have Peter Graves handy, we've brought in others to do so.
For example, the veteran Northwestern football types hanging around the press box, whose admiration for Edmond grew steadily throughout the game.
"That kid," one finally said, "is one amazing athlete."
Or listen to Southern Lehigh junior linebacker/fullback Michael Riccio, who played an outstanding game himself, when asked about Edmond.
"I am so proud to play with Travis," he said. "I am proud to say he's been my mentor for everything in football, for everything I do."
Friday night at Northwestern, Edmond did everything he could to help his team overcome a gallant and talented foe. Edmond is right to say it's a team effort, and it was; the Spartans' list of standouts could extend into next week.
But everybody will tell you Southern Lehigh's success starts with Edmond -- even if he won't. And that's OK. Edmond's play really does say it all, and may well be saying it really well into December.