But just four minutes into Western Reserve’s game on Friday at Edison, Cas Mastropaolo, Jacob Barnett threw big wrenches into that plan with a 6-yard TD run and an interception return for a score. The Roughriders were playing from behind the rest of the way in a 48-13 loss to the unbeaten Chargers in Milan.
After the early Chargers onslaught, Western Reserve (0-3) played near even football with Edison for the final 20 minutes of the first half thanks to a pair of Jacob Martz touchdown jaunts (1, 17) to trail 28-13 at halftime.
The ‘Riders were set to receive the kickoff and in position to pull back to within a touchdown to start the half. And they appeared poised to do so as they drove the ball all the way the Edison 30-yard line before being stopped on fourth and less than a yard. The play turned out to be the back-breaker for Western Reserve.
The Chargers took over from that point on and scored 20 of their 27 unanswered points to move their record to 3-0 as they prepare for next week’s showdown at Norwalk.
“We made a lot of mistakes with the penalties tonight and we have to clean those things up,” Edison coach Jim Hall said. “We can’t have those mistakes and have to eliminate them. We did a little better in the second half, but still had to many mental errors, Ty (Stevenson) is working hard and doing a good job at Western, so we have to give them credit for a lot of the success they had tonight.
“It doesn’t get any easier,” Hall added. “Norwalk is a good team and that is why we have to eliminate the errors and mistakes if we want to win. This is a young team, but they got a lot of opportunities to learn from all the successes we have had recently — and I think that has prepared them to be successful.”
Cas Mastropaolo added three TDs to move his mark to eight on the young season — good for the top spot in the Sandusky Bay Conference Bay division. Caleb Bissell and Carson Ehrhardt connected on a pair of touchdowns (23, 62) to give them both their first TDs through the air on the season.
Western Reserve showed signs of life, but also showed room for improvement as it moves along through the season. Martz led the team with 85 yards rushing and the two touchdowns and Cody Benesh added 29 yards in the losing cause.
“Edison is well-coached and has been very good for a while now,” Stevenson said. “They do a lot of things well and are tough to play. We have had a tough non-conference schedule and we are hoping that prepares us for the Firelands Conference schedule.
“I think this was our best game so far and it is a learning process,” he added. “We have to play with more consistency and when we do that we are able to get things done. We are only three games in on a rebuilding process, but I think it is coming along well and the kids are showing more consistency and making fewer mistakes each week.”
Western Reserve is at Crestview (1-2) next Friday.
W. Reserve 7 6 0 0 — 13
Edison 14 14 7 13 — 48
E — Cas Mastropaolo 6 run (Kolt Wikel kick)
E — Jacob Barnett 61 interception (Wikel kick)
W — Jacob Martz 1 run (Dalton Webb kick)
E — Carson Ehrhardt 23 pass from Caleb Bissell (Wikel kick)
W — Martz 17 run (kick failed)
E — Mastropaolo 3 run (Wikel kick)
E — Mastropaolo 7 run (Wikel kick)
E— Ehrhardt 62 pass from Bissell (Wikel kick)
E — Hunter Cassel 2 run (kick failed)