Norwalk found just the right combination Friday night and kicked off the 1985 season in fine fashion with a 21-3 non-conference win over Edison.
The win for Norwalk was the third in four meetings with Edison since the two schools started playing each other in 1982.
Norwalk, behind the running of Ray Staley and the pass catching of Sean Oglesby, collected 127 yards on the ground and 146 through the air, while the defense held the Chargers to 110 total yards — including just 25 on the ground.
The win marked the debut of two new coaches — Terry Hehl at Norwalk and Jim Colwell at Edison. Needless to say, Hehl was on cloud nine when it was over.
“The intensity level tonight was great,” he said. “When we came out it was where we wanted it. Our kids were ready tonight. The emotion and the good feeling helped us overcome our mistakes.
“I was impressed with everybody. The defense against their run was just outstanding. We saw Medina cut us to pieces (in the final scrimmage) and we changed some things. We were also happy with the pass defense.
“Offensively, Roy Staley was just outstanding. He rumbled like a freight train. The big guy looks for someone to run over. Sean Oglesby made some nice catches and Kenny (Moore) is just rounding into the offense.”
Moore and Oglesby accounted for all of Norwalk’s touchdowns. Moore opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 13-yard run, then Steve Risner added the kick to put the Truckers in front 7-0 with 7:25 left on the clock.
The touchdown capped a quick three-play, 76-yard drive. Norwalk took over on its own 24 following Edison’s first series, and after Moore was thrown for a three-yard loss, Staley broke loose on a 66-yard run to the Edison 13. Moore did the rest on the next play.
The third time the Truckers got the ball they moved 58 yards in 12 plays for another score. Oglesby caught three passes on the drive — including a 12-yarder for the score. This time the kick failed and Norwalk led 13-0 with 10:33 left in the first half.
Edison got its only points of the game with 2:04 left in the half on a 36-yard field goal by Rick Reinbolt.
After an almost non-existent third quarter — when the teams combined for just 31 total yards — Norwalk iced the game on a 12-play, 78-yard drive. Again Moore hit Oglesby with a 13-yard pass for the score. Moore then ran in the conversion, making it 21-3 with 4:45 left on the clock.
Moore completed 4-of-7 passes on the drive — a 19-yarder to Jon Nutter, a 12-yarder to Chris Waleri, a 32-yard pass to Robert Harvey, and the scoring pass to Oglesby.
Staley was the leading rusher in the game with 108 yards on 14 attempts, while Oglesby had five catches for 73 yards. Moore was 10-of-25 passing for 146 yards and no interceptions.
The Truckers held a 16-8 advantage in first downs and lost the ball just once on a fumble. The only downfall of the Truckers was penalties, as they picked up 13 for 105 yards.
Quarterback Dave Frederick was 10-of-23 for 85 yards to lead Edison, including four to Troy Shaffoe for 35 yards.
“We couldn’t run the ball,” Colwell admitted. “We’ll take a hard look at our running game. I think Dave threw the ball well, but we have to establish our running game.
“We’ve got a lot of young kids and we’re still learning. The kids have been very positive since May. They’ve been willing to put the time into football>”
It doesn’t get any easier for either team next week. Norwalk travels to Huron and Edison visits Margaretta. Huron is coming off a 13-0 loss to Bellevue, while Margaretta topped Upper Sandusky, 12-7.