After missing half of his entire junior season — including all 14 weeks at quarterback following a preseason injury — Scott was primed for a big senior season.
Then lightning struck twice, as he was injured again before the opener and faced another long, grueling rehab.
Fast forward to Week 5 and Scott found himself in the lineup and throwing his first pass in over a year — an absolute strike to Brady Patterson for a 43-yard touchdown as part of 39 straight points by the state-ranked Chargers in a 39-16 win over visiting Willard (1-4) at Edison High School.
After Scott’s first touchdown pass put Edison (4-1) —ranked No. 15 in the latest Division V Associated Press poll — ahead, 18-0, he followed that up with a 25-yard TD pass to Carson Ehrhardt.
“I was so excited to get in there that I had chills,” Scott said. “Carson ran a great route and got wide open and really made it easy on me to drop in there for the touchdown. It felt awesome to get in to play with these guys.
“I wasn’t sure if I would even get on the field at all this year, so it means a lot to get that opportunity,” he added. “We all grew up playing together and they are all so good, but after sitting so long without sharing the huddle with them, it makes you appreciate just how good they are and how lucky I am to be a part of a special group players.”
Sam Stoll had a light workload in the game — but he still finished with 94 yards and a pair of touchdown runs of 23 and six yards on just eight attempts. He added another 95 yards in kick return yards to give him 189 all-purpose yards for the game.
Patterson finished his day off with 113 yards and two touchdowns (43, 70) for the Chargers. He added an interception on defense and 52 yards in the return game.
“People do not realize just how much work Cody (Scott) has put into getting on the field,” Edison coach Jim Hall said. “He put himself in danger, because he wanted to come back earlier than anyone thought he would be able to. It is testament to him and his commitment to this team that he played tonight.”
The Chargers’ defense suffocated the Willard offensive unit, as they pitched for three-plus quarters before the Flashes got on the board after a 6-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jerrett Sowers. Sowers then swept around the right end for the two-point conversion. Sowers threw an 80-yard strike to Spencer Parrot to round out the scoring.
“The defense has always been strong all year,” Hall said. “We have relied on them every game, and when we have had lulls or struggles here and they have kept us in the game and kept us in position to win. We are right were we hoped to be (after the loss to Firelands) and must take one game at a time.”
Willard coach Britton Devier had nothing but praise for the Chargers.
“First, that is a great team we faced and they showed exactly why they are so respected,” he said. “It has been a long time since we have posted a winning record, and Edison is the type of team we are trying to build.
“Coach Hall does a good job over there and we made a few too many errors, and against that team, you can’t make those mistakes,” Devier added. “I am proud how my guys finished the game out though and didn’t quit until there was no time showing on the clock.”