It's still Halloween season in Milan on a weekly basis, and the Port Clinton Redskins were happy to play trick or treat.
The Edison Chargers football program continues to be haunted by untimely fumbles, and the Redskins cashed in Friday night at Edison High School, rallying from an early 14-0 deficit for a 24-21 win.
The Redskins recovered fumbles at the Edison 32, and twice at the Charger 19-yard line and turned all three into scores for the difference.
Both teams are 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Sandusky Bay Conference at the halfway point of the season.
It also marks the first time Port Clinton has been 3-2 after five games since the 1992 season, when it finished 5-5.
"It's been a long time since someone has been able to say that around here," Port Clinton coach Toby Hammond said of the winning record through five weeks. "I'm just so proud of our kids the past two weeks. We talked the week before while playing Clyde about things.
"I told the kids we might not be able to match their speed, quickness and strength. But we can match them with technique and effort. I told them all week that we had to keep doing that, and we can win this game."
On the first offensive play from scrimmage for Port Clinton, quarterback Derek Colston went to throw a wide receiver screen and did not see Charger defender Brandon Tomson.
Tomson simply stepped in front of the ball and returned it untouched for a 23-yard interception return and Jon Suhanic's kick gave Edison a 7-0 lead 90 seconds into the game.
Two straight possessions resulted in minus-seven yards after the interception, and the Chargers used a 9-play, 58-yard drive to go up 14-0 on a 3-yard run by fullback Kyle Matula with 1:26 left in the opening quarter.
Matula had a 32-yard run on the drive while Mike Kumpula caught two passes for 23 yards from Tomson.
The Redskins then got their first break by recovering a fumble at the Edison 32 off a punt. On third-and-10, Colston found Steve Wingo up the right sideline to cover the distance with five seconds left in the first quarter. Addison Rospert's first of three PATs cut the deficit to 14-7.
Edison answered with a 7-play, 42-yard drive culminating in a 10-yard scoring run by Zach Rutheford with nine minutes left in the half for a 21-7 lead. The short field was set up by a 48-yard kickoff return by Matula.
However, the Chargers did not get anywhere near the end zone again.
It seemed Port Clinton had another short drive to open the second half, but another fumbled punt recovered allowed it to set up at the Edison 19. Two plays later, Stephen Pastor covered the distance to tie the score with 9:36 left in the third quarter.
Each team traded possessions, and the Chargers fumbled on third-and-short at their 19 with the Redskins coming up with the ball again. The offense lost a yard in three plays, but Rospert kicked a 37-yard field goal in a piercing wind for a 24-21 lead with 1:31 left in the quarter.
The Redskins made the score stand for the rest of the game. Port Clinton limited Edison to 64 yards of total offense on 28 plays in the second half. Edison did not reach Port Clinton territory in the second half.
"Obviously can't win a game with that many turnovers, and we know that," Edison coach Jim Hall said. "It's been our achilles heel all season. We continue to work on it, and we continue to make mistakes. There's no simple answer, we understand that too. It's been addressed and we'll continue to address it.
"We gave them short fields and that helped with their confidence. They are a solid football team. It's not like their just out there running around. They did what they had to do. Colston made some nice throws and we didn't make plays we had to make. Until we do that, we're going to struggle."
Colston settled in to finish 12-of-28 passing for 149 yards and a score. The Redskins had minus-3 yards on their first four possessions to open the game.
"In particular Derek, he just needed to settle down a little bit," Hammond said. "Sometimes he rushes things, especially early in the game. He got a couple completions under him and got his confidence going, and we didn't turn the ball over again.
"That's been a big part of why we've been able to be competitive ... not turning the ball over and no penalties."
Wingo caught eight passes for 94 yards and a score while Josh Graves caught three passes for 40 yards. For Edison, Matula ran for 58 yards and a score on 11 attempts while Tomson added 37 yards on 11 attempts along with 59 yards on 6-of-13 passing.
Port Clinton 7 7 10 0 -- 24
Edison 14 7 0 0 -- 21
E -- Brandon Tomson 23 interception return (Jon Suhanic kick)
E -- Kyle Matula 3 run (Suhanic kick)
PC -- Steve Wingo 32 pass from Derek Colston (Addison Rospert kick)
E -- Zach Rutheford 10 run (Suhanic kick)
PC -- Colston 1 run (Rospert kick)
PC -- Stephen Pastor 19 run (Rospert kick)
PC -- Rospert 37 field goal
First downs 6 7
Rushes-yards 21-40 35-138
Passing yards 149 59
Att-comp-int 28-12-1 13-6-0
Penalty-yards 4-25 3-15
Fumbles-lost 1-0 5-3
RUSHING -- PC: Derek Colston 5-8, Stephen Pastor 12-30, Joe Escobedo 2-1, Eric Reynolds 1-3; E: Kyle Matula 11-58, Brandon Tomson 11-37, Jake Parkinson 7-25, Gary Jaycox 3-10
PASSING -- PC: Derek Colston, 12-28-149-1-1; E: Brandon Tomson 6-13-59-0-0
RECEIVING -- PC: Steve Wingo 8-94, Eric Reynolds 1-7, Josh Graves 3-40; E: Mike Kumpula 3-28, Jon Suhanic 1-9, Bobby Stone 1-17, Kyle Matula 1-5