But tonight’s road block is a big one for the Chargers (5-2, 2-0 SBC Bay). Edison will make its longest trip in the Sandusky Bay Conference when it faces host Oak Harbor (7-0, 2-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Rockets — ranked No. 5 in the latest Division V Associated Press poll — haven’t allowed more than 14 points in a game this season. Their closest margin of victory is 31 points, and since 2017, they have won 18 of their 20 games.
After a 38-6 loss vs. Norwalk on Sept. 20, the Chargers have beaten Toledo Woodward (35-8), Port Clinton (28-14) and Willard (62-14). The three wins moved the Chargers to the eighth and final spot in the Div. IV Region 14 computer ratings this week.
An upset over the Rockets would all but nail down a spot for Edison, though a loss won’t eliminate it from contention, either. The Chargers made the playoffs for three consecutive years from 2015-18.
Jacob Brewer paces the Edison offense with 714 yards and eight touchdowns rushing, while Joe Stoll has 57 tackles and three sacks on defense.
Plymouth (5-2, 2-2) at Monroeville (1-6, 0-4)
MONROEVILLE — With a win over the Eagles on Friday, the Big Red can clinch their first winning season since making the state playoffs in 2014.
Plymouth began the season at 3-0, then suffered back-to-back losses to St. Paul (7-0) and Western Reserve (6-1). Since then, however, the Big Red have handled both New London (54-13) and Mapleton (49-6).
Though hopes are slim, Plymouth is also still in the Region 26 playoff picture at No. 12. Lukas Montogomery has 501 yards and 6 TDs on 77 rush attempts.
Meanwhile, the Eagles are looking to snap a five-game losing streak. After a pair of tight losses at South Central (22-14) and vs. New London (33-21), it’s been a tough go for Monroeville at Crestview (41-14) and Western Reserve (40-20).
Crestview (5-2, 3-1) at South Central (4-3, 2-2)
GREENWICH — The Trojans are another area FC team looking to recover from back-to-back losses to the Roughriders and Flyers.
After a 4-1 start at the midway point of the season, South Central scored just once time each in losses to Western Reserve (21-7) and St. Paul (49-6).
It won’t get any easier with the Cougars in town. Crestview is currently ninth in Div. VI Region 22, and its only losses are to Hillsdale (6-1) and St. Paul (7-0).
Evan Legg (90-of-173) leads the FC in passing yards with 1,348 while throwing 15 TDs. David Lamoreaux tops the league in receiving with 32 catches for 639 yards and 11 TDs.
New London (1-6, 1-3) at Mapleton (0-7, 0-4)
ORANGE TWP. — After snapping a 21-game losing streak with the win at Monroeville on Sept. 27, the Wildcats had a tough go against both the Big Red and Cougars (42-7) over the past two games.
New London visits a Mapleton team that hasn’t found much of anything right so far in 2019. The Mounties have lost their four FC games to date by margins of 26, 21, 48 and 43, respectively.
Peyton Wilson is 97-of-170 passing for 1,182 yards and 9 TDs. Parker Ruble has 28 catches for 482 yards and 6 TDs, while Jaden Keys adds 18 catches for 300 yards and 2 TDs. Chase Clouse leads the defense with 57.5 tackles.
Port Clinton (3-4, 1-1) at Willard (0-7, 0-2)
WILLARD — The Crimson Flashes will look to break through for the first time this season when they host the visiting Redskins in SBC Bay action.
After scoring 30 points in a loss to Ravenna Southeast on Sept. 20, the Flashes have scored just 20 points in the last three games losses to Lucas (41-0), Huron (45-6) and Edison (62-14).
Willard is paced by QB Cooper Parrott, who is 64-of-149 for 756 yards and 7 TDs, while Hayden Meisner has 24 catches for 342 yards and 2 TDs. Linebacker Jon Rothhaar is second in the league in tackles with 74.
Bellevue (5-2, 1-1) at Columbian (6-1, 1-1)
TIFFIN — One of the bigger games in the SBC and Div. III Region 10 and Div. IV Region 14 will take place at Frost-Kalnow Stadium in Tiffin.
Both the Redmen and Tornadoes come in as teams in the back end of their respective regions. However, the winner will receive a big boost. Bellevue is currently sixth in Region 14, while Columbian is seventh in Region 10.
Keegan Ray is 54-of-98 passing for 895 yards and 8 TDs, and leads the Redmen in rushing with 589 yards and 9 TDs. Caleb Marshall tops the SBC Lake in receiving yards (560) on 25 catches, indulging 9 TDs.
Columbian QB Chase Frankhauser is 61-of-106 passing for 1,062 yards and 14 TDs with just two interceptions.