Trying to restock, reload

Edison lost most of its key players from last year's dominant team, but the Chargers still have plenty of talent.

August 25, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Quarterback Chase Favreau throws a pass during football practice at Edison High School on Thursday.
Quarterback Chase Favreau throws a pass during football… (KENT TREPTOW, HB…)

Over the last 10 years, the Edison High football program has enjoyed plenty of success, winning or sharing five consecutive Sunset League titles and reaching the CIF Pac-5 Division championship game on three occasions.

The Chargers' most recent trip to the title game came last December, but as they ready themselves for the start of the 2010 season, a majority of that 13-1 team has moved on. Dave White enters his 25th year as head coach of his alma mater with the task of having to construct a team that welcomes back just three starters.

"It's definitely a challenge," he said. "We lost a great senior class to graduation. They won everything. They won as freshmen and then won on varsity three years in a row. They'll be tough to replace.

"But the group we have this year has a lot of talent. They've worked hard and now it's time for them to step up into the role of leading the program. I really think this team will get better as the season progresses. The thing that hinders them is that they're inexperienced."


When a team loses the bulk of its persona from a year ago — linebacker Jordan Zumwalt is now at UCLA, center Roman Sapolu at Oregon State and wide receiver/free safety Jeff Trojan at Stanford — it needs to find its own identity. White, who says he's "excited" about this year's team, says it will take time for that identity to emerge.

On offense, the lone returner is all-Sunset League tackle Kyle Finney (6-2, 250, Sr.), who last year played left tackle but has been moved to the right side for the coming season. The Chargers had another starter back in Davion Orphey, but Orphey, who started last year at cornerback and had 45 tackles and rotated at tailback and accounted for 900 yards of offense, will miss the season because he is academically ineligible, White said.

The defense has two big starters back in senior end Charles Burks (6-0, 230), who was the league's defensive lineman of the year as a junior, and senior lineman Josh Frost (6-0, 270), who was second-team all-league last year.

Frost will also start on offense at center, White said.

"Charles is a dominating player, a special player," White said of Burks, who last year had 14 sacks in 10 games before breaking a leg and missing the Chargers' postseason run. "It was tough to lose him late last year. He was one sack away from tying the school record. But he's back and ready to go.

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