The Chargers got a great performance Friday from their defense and ran for 238 yards on offense, defeating St. Mary Central Catholic 34-6 in Sandusky Bay Conference action in Milan.
Edison (5-4, 2-4 SBC), which runs the triple-option on offense, was led by Kyle Matula, who rushed for 103 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns. Fellow running back Zack Rutherford rushed for 62 yards on 11 carries and also had two touchdowns.
"I thought they came off the ball very well, maybe the best we've come off the ball all season," Edison head coach Jim Hall said of his offensive line. "I thought our execution the first half was probably as good as it's been all season."
After going three-and-out on the game's initial possession, the Chargers recovered an SMCC fumble at the Panther 36-yard line. Eight plays later, on third-and-10 from the 14, Matula, behind some great blocking, ran around the right side unscathed for a touchdown. Jon Suhanic's extra point made it 7-0, and the Chargers never looked back.
SMCC (1-8. 0-6 SBC) was forced to kick it away on the ensuing possession and a short punt left the Chargers with the ball on the Panther 46-yard line. A steady dose of running plays and a 20-yard completion from Brandon Tomson to Gary Jaycox helped Edison move the ball to the 5-yard line. On first-and-goal, Rutherford ran it in for a touchdown and a botched snap on the PAT left the score at 13-0.
The keys to the game were Edison's defense giving its offense a short field and the Charger offense establishing the line of scrimmage.
SMCC scored its only touchdown on a 79-yard run by Brandon Green with 9:48 remaining in the second quarter to cut the lead to 20-6. Edison would score two touchdowns later in the quarter to make it 34-6 at halftime.
Despite the loss, SMCC head coach Ryan Wikel saw some positives.
"First half, we kind of made it easy on them," said Wikel. "At halftime, we talked to the kids about eliminating our mistakes. I can't ask for a better effort in the second half. (It was) 0-0, second half and we had a shot to score. We saw some growth from the first half to the second half."
SMCC 0 6 0 0 -- 6
Edison 13 21 0 0 -- 34
E -- Kyle Matula 14 run (Jon Suhanic kick)
E -- Zack Rutherford 5 run (run failed)
E -- Matula 18 run (Suhanic kick)
SM -- Brandon Green 79 run (run failed)
E -- Brandon Tomson 6 run (Suhanic kick)
E -- Rutherford 1 run (Suhanic kick)
First Downs 10 6
Rushing Att-Yds 45-238 34-179
Passing Yards 20 36
Comp-Att-Int 1-3-0 8-19-1
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 3-2
Penalties-Yards 3-33 2-10
Rushing -- (SM) Brandon Green 19-133; Alex Guerra 6-19; Matt Good 2-1; (E) Kyle Matula 11-103; Zack Rutherford 11-62; Kyle Matula 7-31; Logan Parkinson 4-26; Sam Alvarez 3-12; Storm Weimer 2-1; Mike Kumpula 5-(-1); Brandon Tomson 5-(-2); Austin Schabel 1-(-4)
Passing -- (SM) Guerra 8-19-36-0-1; (E) Tomson 1-2-20-0-0; Mike Kumpula 0-1-0-0-0
Receiving -- (SM) Denarius Harris 4-16; Adam Guerra 1-9; Ethan Sennish 1-5; Andrew Carruthers 1-4; Green 1-(-2); (E) Gary Jaycox 1-20