The Chargers (5-2, 2-0) dominated the visiting Willard Crimson Flashes (0-7, 0-2) from the opening kickoff to the final snap from victory formation. When it was all said and done, Edison walked away with a 62-14 pounding of the Flashes.
Willard started the game off well enough. It gained three first downs on the game’s opening drive before finally turning it over on downs at the Chargers 29 — the inability to convert the fourth down try appeared to deflate the Flashes and energize the Chargers offense.
After taking the ball over at their own 29, the Chargers moved down the field with heavy dose of runs before Joe Stoll scored on a 2-yard handoff from Thomas Simon to close out the 7-play, 71 yard drive.
The defense then forced a quick three and out by Willard before the Chargers marched down the field on a six-play scoring drive that ended on a 20-yard Jacob Brewer run — the first of three touchdowns he scored in the game.
Willard did what itcould to answer Edison’s offensive dominance and answered Brewer’s touchdown with 49-yard catch and run by Trey Paxton off the arm of Cooper Parrott on the first play of the second quarter. Paxton’s grab was just the first of three big touchdown plays in four plays from scrimmage. Edison responded to Parrott’s touchdown pass by scoring on a 48-yard Garrett Scott run, which was countered two snaps later when Dario Lopez raced for an 81-yard touchdown score.
That was the end of the Flashes offensive success, as they were held scoreless the rest of the way while Edison continued piling up yardage.
Scott led Edison’s rushing attack with 108 yards and Brewer added 101 yards to give the Chargers a pair of 100-yard rushers in the game. Simon added 64 rushing yards to his 67 yards passing, while Noah Staley, Jacob Stoll and Joe Stoll ran for 55, 41 and 28 rushing yards respectively.
“It felt good watching the guys execute the scheme that we had set up for tonight’s game,” Edison coach Jim Hall said. “We like to spread the ball around and that is something that we did tonight, and everybody responded with big games.”
The Chargers pulled their starters early in the second half, but the reserves kept the offense going without missing a beat.
“It is exciting to see those guys get in and get some opportunities,” Hall said. “Not only did they get some opportunities, but they succeeded when they got them and it makes you happy for them because these are the guys who are putting in a lot of hard work running the scout teams and things like that and to see them get rewarded is nice.”
Cooper Parrott led Willard with 195 passing yards with one touchdown and a pair of interceptions. Paxton caught four passes for 82 yards to go with his touchdown grab, while Dario Lopez ran for 91 yards and added 42 receiving yards.
The Chargers hope that Friday night’s momentum from their performance gives the team a dose of confidence heading into next week’s road game at unbeaten and state-ranked Oak Harbor (7-0, 2-0).
Willard 0 14 0 0 — 14
Edison 14 28 14 6 — 62
E — Joe Stoll 2 run (Jaime De Leon kick)
E — Jacob Brewer 20 run (De Leon kick)
W — Trey Paxton 49 pass from Cooper Parrott (pass fail)
E — Garrett Scott 48 run (Jaime De Leon kick)
W — 81 Lopez run (Lopez pass from Parrott)
E — Brewer 11 run (De Leon kick)
E — Brewer 15 pass from Thomas Simon (De Leon kick)
E — Scott 13 run (De Leon kick)
E — Simon 35 run (De Leon kick)
E — Clay Byington 25 run ( De Leon kick)
E — Ethan Gessling 15 run (kick failed)