The teams scored 26 points in the first quarter, and the Chargers led the Roughriders by a 26-20 advantage after the game was suspended a second time.
Action will resume at 1 p.m. on Saturday back in Collins.
Western (2-0) hit pay dirt with the first possession of the game. Senior running back Cody Benesh, on his first touch, rambled 77 yards for a touchdown. Senior Dalton Webb kicked the first of two extra points and the Roughriders were up 7-0 with only 17 seconds off the clock.
Edison (1-1) didn’t waste any time, either. Senior fullback Jacob Brewer capped off the Chargers’ first possession and 65-yard drive with a 1-yard score. The PAT was no good and Western led 7-6 with 7:22 on the clock.
The visiting Chargers returned an interception by ’Riders quarterback Jude Muenz for 37 yards to Western’s 13-yard line. Brewer immediately got the call and hit the end zone on the next play.
Edison’s 12-7 lead was short-lived.
Benesh broke tackles down the middle of the field and galloped 85 yards untouched the rest of the way for his second TD of the night. With the extra point, Western had a 14-12 lead going into the second quarter.
The ’Riders completed an 86-yard drive as Benesh found the end zone for the third time Friday. The PAT failed and Western expanded its advantage to 20-12 with 6:27 until halftime.
Edison scored two more touchdowns in 28 seconds.
Senior halfback Noah Staley’s 60-yard TD run with a failed two-point conversion made it 20-18.
Brewer caught a 29-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Thomas Simon for his third TD. It was the first play after the Chargers recovered Benesh’s fumble.
The game was suspended with 4:19 left until halftime. Western had the ball near midfield.
Benesh at that point carried the ball 14 times for 204 yards and three TDs for the ’Riders. Four Edison rushers compiled 142 yards, with Brewer finding the end zone twice on the ground.
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