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Huron trounces Edison, 35-0

Nobody saw it coming.
Mark Hazelwood
Sep 18, 2010

Nobody saw it coming.

Yet in many ways, what happened Friday night at Memorial Stadium in Huron between the Edison Chargers and the host Tigers in the Sandusky Bay Conference opener has been a script that's played out many times before.

The Tigers used big plays on offense to stretch the field and the Chargers fumbled the ball seven times -- losing four of them -- and made inopportune penalties, making an end result a 35-0 win for Huron.

The win improved Huron to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the SBC while Edison fell to 3-1, 0-1.

Leading 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Tigers erupted for three touchdowns in less than nine minutes in the second quarter for a 28-0 halftime lead.

Quarterback Brian Bollenbacher finished 8-of-10 passing for 194 yards and two touchdowns in the half with receiver Jake Hillman catching both scores for 94 yards. Sean Fantozz had five catches for 87 yards in the half.

"I'm very proud of those guys," Huron coach Tony Legando said. "They executed and just played good fundamental football. I think the momentum got going and carried over to the defense and at times the special teams. We still have some issues to address there."

Huron was able to make adjustments to the Edison blitzing scheme, often picking it up and giving Bollenbacher time to throw the ball downfield.

"Our kids read that coming off the ball, it's just part of our package," Legando said. "I'd love to take credit for it, but that was the kids adjusting to the defense off the ball."

The Edison fumble woes began on it's first possession. After a 35-yard catch by Gary Jaycox from quarterback Brandon Tomson, the Chargers fumbled two plays later, which was recovered by Troy DeLamatre at the Huron 47.

The Tigers proceeded to march 53 yards in seven plays, aided by a pass intereference penalty, an offsides penalty on third down and a roughing the passer penalty committed by the Chargers. It all set up a 1-yard scoring run by Bollenbacher with 3:22 left in the first quarter and Anthony Lane added his first of four extra points for a 7-0 lead.

On the ensuing drive, Edison converted a fourth down at the Huron 45, but an illegal chop block penalty and an interception by Huron's Brandon Krueger at the Tiger 29 ended the threat.

"Turnovers are killing us and it's been killing us all year," Edison coach Jim Hall said. "It's a point of emphasis in practice, it's on our board in the locker room about protecting the football and winning the turnover battle. It's not that it's ignored by us. We work on it all the time.

"I don't know if it's a hump we have to get through a whole game securing the ball and doing the right things, but until then it will be an issue to overcome."

A seven-play, 71-yard drive followed for the Tigers, capped by a 27-yard touchdown pass from Bollenbacher to Hillman at the 10:07 mark of the second quarter to make it 14-0.

After each team exchanged punts, the Chargers fumbled again, this time at their own 21, which was recovered by the Tigers. Just two plays later, DeLamatre had a 16-yard scoring run with 2:22 left in the half. The PAT was blocked, making it a 20-0 lead.

Edison had to punt again after a three-and-out on the ensuing possession and the Tigers got the ball back at their 43 with 1:46 left in the half. The game was then put on ice as Bollenbacher connected with Hillman on a 67-yard scoring strike and the duo hooked up again on the conversion pass for a 28-0 lead.

"Coach Hall has a relatively inexperienced team," Legando said. "And sometimes, as all of us coaches are, trying to get our kids to the next level, it takes time. Part of it was we have a lot of experience and depth on our team, and I think it helped us tonight."

The only score in the second half came on a 3-yard run by Bollenbacher with 5:05 left in the third quarter. It capped a 13-play, 61-yard drive.

Bollenbacher finished the game 12-of-15 passing for 271 yards and the two scores while adding the two rushing touchdowns on 10 carries for 42 yards. Fantozz finished with seven catches for 150 yards and Hillman added three catches for 104 yards.

"They made some big plays and we didn't defend the pass at all in the first half," Hall said. "They ran passes and made big plays over top and their defense was flying off the ball and we weren't.

"Just not a very well-played game on our part. We didn't play to our capabilities and we have to correct that and come back next week."

For Edison, Logan Parkinson ran for 65 yards on five attempts.

Huron travels to Clyde (4-0) next week while Edison hosts Port Clinton (2-2).