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Edison defense shines in big non-league win

By DAN ANGELO • Updated Aug 31, 2018 at 11:39 PM

MILAN — Defense definitely saved the day for Edison.

The Chargers stopped Bucyrus Wynford four times on five fourth-down tries, including two drives that made it inside the Edison 10, in a 27-14 non-conferences victory Friday night.

"We really challenged them at halftime to play football the way we think we can," said Edison coach Jim Hall. "I thought we were hesitant In the first half and didn't play our type of game. We were just slow and undisciplined, which was very, very poor on our part and something we have to get corrected.

"But we challenged the at halftime and they came out and did the things they had to do and got a win,” he added.

The Chargers (2-0) had just 88 yards on the ground and committed eight penalties for 73 yards in the first 24 minutes. But the defense also stopped the Royals after a muffed punt set the visitors with a first-and-10 at the Edison 12 by sacking Dustin Brady twice, including a 7-yard sack on fourth down.

Edison finally got on the board near the end of the first quarter on a 7-yard Noah Staley run, but a bad snap on the conversion attempt cost the Chargers the extra point.

The Royals took a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter, turning a Nate Imbody interception into a 34-yard Brady touchdown pass to Toby Butterfiled. Seth Benedict added the extra point to give the Royals the 7-6 lead, which Wynford took in at the half.

Edison regained the lead when Dustin Baker recovered a fumble on the Wynford 3, setting up a 2-yard Cas Mastropaolo touchdown run.

Mastropaolo was back in the end zone four minutes later on a 52-yard scamper that gave Edison a 20-7 lead.

The Royals (1-1) cut into the deficit on a 62-yard Alizhah Watson run with 7:11 left to play, but Caleb Bissell capped a 65-yard Edison scoring drive with a 3-yard run to end the scoring.

Wynford threatened in the final 1:46, marching from its own 20 to the Edison 6, but three straight incomplete passes ended the game.

"I'll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day and that was pretty ugly," Hall said. "Like I told our guys, that was how we practiced. We weren't sharp this week and how you practice is how you play, so that has to get better."

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