HENRIETTA TWP. — Edison’s offensive line was too much for Firelands on Friday night.
The Chargers rolled up 366 rushing yards and rolled over the Falcons, who dropped their season opener 41-23.
Senior Cas Mastropaolo did the majority of the damage on the ground, rushing for 167 yards on 17 carries and scoring touchdowns on runs of 1, 67 and 30 yards for Edison, which led 27-7 at the half.
It was an action-packed first quarter with the teams scoring three touchdowns over a span of 33 seconds as Edison grabbed a 14-7 lead.
Chargers quarterback Caleb Bissell began the, pushing in from 1 yard out with 4:09 left.
After the Edison kickoff went out of bounds, Firelands quarterback Blake Ruffner kept the ball and raced down the sideline for a 65-yard TD at the 3:51 mark.
Edison’s Garrett Scott then squashed any momentum for Firelands by taking the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for the score.
The Chargers took control in the second quarter on a pair of big plays.
The first came when a snap went over the head of Firelands’ punter Alex Brill, who covered the ball at the 1, giving Mastropaolo an easy 1-yard plunge with 10:31 left in the first half.
Mastropaolo stuck a dagger in the Falcons shortly after, turning a third-and-short into a 67-yard touchdown.
Firelands rebounded and put a small scare into Edison to start the second half by scoring 10 points before the Chargers ran a play.
Firelands took the second-half kick and drove 58 yards to the Edison 10 before settling for a 28-yard field goal from Brill.
Brill then perfectly floated the kickoff towards the sideline where it was recovered by Firelands, which moved 36 yards in seven plays and scored on Ruffner’s 5-yard run to cut the deficit to 27-17 with 7:06 left in the third.
“It was really tough having two captains get hurt. We ended up playing about 12 sophomores and freshmen,” Firelands coach Ryan O’Rourke said. “We need to focus on getting rid of these little mistakes. The mistakes piled up on us, like the recovering a bad punt at the 1 and giving up a 70-yard score with less than a minute in the half. But they were mistakes that we can correct and build upon going forward.”
Edison added two touchdowns to pull away before Ruffner scored on a 52-yard run with 7:57 left in the game.
“I’m really proud of our team for playing the way we did with two of our captains injured and out during the game,” said Ruffner, who finished with 135 yards rushing. “We came out in the second half and fought and did everything we could to get back in the game.
“No matter who was out there tonight, our team gave a maximum effort on each and every play. We may have lost, but I’m really proud of everyone.”