At the end of the first round of matches in the 2018-19 season it holds a five-point lead in the standings over Clyde High School. There are six rounds of matches in the competition.
Edison answered two team choice questions and two toss-up questions to come from behind and win its match with Monroeville and St. Paul. Clyde earned 14 bonus points and answered two toss-up questions to dominate its match with South Central and Western Reserve.
Monroeville swept the mathematics category with a strong performance against Edison and St. Paul. It stands in third place. Margaretta, under new advisers Sara Weller and Mark Novak, scored 50 points to secure fourth place. Rounding out the top five is Willard after its match with Huron and Perkins.
The competition is close as the 38th season of Firelands Challenge is under way.
Only 10 points separate the top five teams after the first round. Three other teams, Perkins, Danbury and St. Mary Central Catholic, are within 10 points of the leading teams.
The top five teams and their scores after Round I are:
• Edison — 58
• Clyde — 53
• Monroeville — 51
• Margaretta — 50
• Willard — 48
Three sponsors of the program were recognized at the first round matches. Precision Paving, Inc. of Milan and R & D Equipment, Inc., of Norwalk are silver sponsors for 2018-19. Firelands Regional Medical Center, of Sandusky is a bronze sponsor.
Round II of Firelands Challenge opens with Monroeville hosting Sandusky and Port Clinton on Monday, Oct. 29. Round II matches are scheduled to wrap up on Friday, Nov. 2.