Edison faces first test

Chargers, after dominating first two games of the season, faces equally stellar Dana Hills squad tonight.

September 15, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Huntington's Austin Simpkins looks for open space in Friday's game against Corona del Mar.
Huntington's Austin Simpkins looks for open space… (DON LEACH, HB Independent )

Two teams with similar styles put their undefeated records on the line in the young season today when Edison hosts Dana Hills in a key nonleague game.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Huntington Beach High and the game marks the home opener for Edison, which has spent the first two weeks of the season on the road.

"We're excited to be playing a home game," Edison Coach Dave White said. "It should be a great game. Dana Hill's is a very good team."

Both the Chargers and Dolphins have rolled past their first two opponents and both have displayed potent offenses and stingy defenses. Edison comes into the game averaging 53 points and Dana Hills has scored an average of 50. Defensively, the Chargers have given up just one touchdown in two games.

For the second straight week, Edison cruised to victory. Last Friday, the Chargers routed host Long Beach Wilson, turning a 28-0 lead into an eventual, 48-7 victory. In his first game at quarterback, junior Chase Favreau threw for 173 yards and had touchdown passes to Bryce Campbell, Troy Baljeu (two) and Curren Provost. Donald Rice rushed for a touchdown and the Edison defense got into the scoring act, as well, with defensive ends Charles Burks returning a fumble recovery 40 yards for a score and Gavin Perdomo scoring on a 25-yard interception return.


"We're getting better, and that's what you want to see," said White. "Defensively, I thought Michael Douthwaite had a great game at middle linebacker and Dehvon Brown did a great job on the line. And Charles Burks was a monster at end. He just ripped the ball out of the runner's hands and returned it for a touchdown.

"Offensively, Chase had a good first game. Although Nick Masaniai didn't quite rush for as many yards as he did against Artesia, he had some key blocks in the backfield. And it was great to have Troy (Baljeu) back. He had some big catches."

Baljeu, who broke his jaw during Edison's passing league tournament in July, missed Edison's Sept. 3 opener at Artesia.

Dana Hills also improved to 2-0 last week by pummeling host Aliso Niguel, 51-17. Dolphins quarterback Trent Mason accounted for 312 yards of offense — 221 through the air — and five touchdowns, two of which were passes to Chris Kearney, who also rushed for two other scores.

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