The Chargers and Pirates played in a Friday matchup that both teams needed, but only one could win.
Edison sought to reverse course after two turnover-plagued losses to open conference play. Perkins, on the wrong end of three touchdown-or-less decisions, was looking for only its second win of the season in the sixth week.
The Chargers (4-2, 1-2 Sandusky Bay Conference), behind strong offensive and defensive play from QB/DB Brandon Tomson, took the early lead and held on for a 21-20 Edison victory that came down to a missed extra point.
"I'm excited with the way our guys played," Edison coach Jim Hall said. "We battled through some adversity we had the last couple of weeks, and we made some corrections. Our guys did a great job with our gameplan."
Edison, after 12 fumbles (seven lost) in the last two weeks, dropped only one ball on a punt-receive, recovering it themselves.
"Against a team like Edison that runs the option, you have to play sound football and you have to do your 1/11th and do your responsibility," Perkins (1-5, 1-2 SBC) coach Jason Ziegler said. "We made some mistakes on both the offensive and defensive sides.
"In the second half, we corrected them and played with heart and effort."
The Pirates corrected their own weakness by setting up an offensive attack in the fourth quarter, finishing with 344 total yards for the game.
Tomson keyed the Chargers' offense with a team-leading 111 yards rushing with one touchdown on the ground. He also tossed his first passing touchdown on the season.
"We put a lot of pressure on our quarterbacks with their decisionmaking," Hall said. "Obviously they have choices to make every play with guys flying at him on defense. I thought maybe aside from a couple (of plays), he made good reads and got the ball to the right person on offense."
On the defensive side of the ball, the Edison senior broke up a fourth-down try and picked off Perkins' Josh Gerold on a halfback pass late in the first half.
Tomson punched in Edison's first score of the day from one yard out with 6:54 to play in the first quarter. The Chargers took a 7-0 lead on a Jon Suhanic kick.
Perkins responded later in the quarter as Josh Gerold ran off-tackle for a ten-yard score. J.J. Gastier's kick knotted the game at 7-7.
Edison's Kyle Matula scored on a one-yard run with 6:52 left in the half for the 14-7 lead.
The Chargers built on that quickly, taking a 21-7 advantage with 2:27 to play in the second quarter as Tomson found Kyle Matula behind the Perkins defense for a 26-yard touchdown. It was Tomson's first passing touchdown of the season.
The Edison defense held Perkins to just 25 yards and one first down in the third quarter.
The Pirates scored on their first possession of the fourth quarter on an eight-play, 88 yard drive. Brandon Smith connected with Evan Laser on a 12-yard pass down to the three-yard line, and Richard Hohler brought it in on the next play to cut Perkins' deficit to 21-14.
Perkins scored on their next possession as Smith hit Hohler on a screen pass, and Hohler brought it in from 61 yards out with 4:15 to play, cutting Edison's lead to 21-20. The ensuing extra point, however, deflected off the right post, stalling Perkins' comeback.
The Pirates' only hope would be to get the ball back, but the Chargers held possession on a clock-killing nine-play drive with four first downs. Edison held on for the last four minutes for the win.
Tomson rushed three times, twice for first downs, before kneeling out the clock.
Perkins' Benkey, taking advantage of keys on Hohler, led the Piratse in rushing with 64 yards on seven carries. Hohler had 16 carries for 54 yards as well as four catches for 82 yards.
Zach Rutherford rushed 14 times for a total of 61 yards, followed by Gary Jaycox with six carries for 57.
Perkins 7 0 0 13 -- 20
Edison 7 14 0 0 -- 21
EDI--Tomson 1 run (Suhanic kick)
PER--Gerold 10 run (Gastier kick)
EDI--Matula 1 run (Suhanic kick)
EDI--Matula 26 pass from Tomson (Suhanic kick)
PER--Hohler 2 run (Gastier kick)
PER--Hohler 61 pass from Smith (kick failed)
First Downs 13 14
Rush-Yds. 48-245 33-160
Pass Yds. 32 184
Att.-Comp.-Int. 7-2-0 18-10-1
Fum.-Lost 1-0 0-0
Punts-Yds. 6-212 5-176
Edison--Tomson 20-111, Rutherford 14-61, Jaycox 6-57, Matula 5-17; Perkins--Benkey 7-64, Hohler 16-54, Snyder 4-17, Gerold 1-10, Laser 3-9, Smith 2-6.
Edison--Tomson 2-6-32-1-0; Perkins--Smith 10-17-184-1-0, Gerold 0-1-0-0-1.
Edison--Matula 1-26, Jaycox 1-6; Perkins--Hohler 4-82, Ebert 3-56, Snyder 2-33, Laser 1-13.