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Edison hangs on, 27-21

Defense comes up big late as Chargers hold off powerful Dana Hills offense to improve to 3-0 on the season.

September 16, 2010|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • Edison's Gavin Perdomo (20) recovers a Dana Hills fumble and runs it in for a touchdown during the first quarter of Thursday's game at Huntington Beach High School.
Edison's Gavin Perdomo (20) recovers a Dana Hills… (KENT TREPTOW, HB…)

Having cruised to one-sided victories in its first two games, Edison figured to face its toughest challenge in the early stages of the 2010 football season when it hosted Dana Hills on Thursday at Huntington Beach High.

The Chargers were indeed tested — and they passed.

Edison jumped out to a seemingly safe 20-point lead on the Dolphins early in the second half, then had to withstand a spirited Dana Hills rally and last-minute drive to come away with a 27-21 win at Sheue Field.

The Chargers (3-0) had built their 27-7 lead by taking the second half kickoff and piecing together an eight-play, 58-yard drive that culminated in an 11-yard touchdown run by Nick Masaniai on a third-and-eight play. Masaniai had kick-started the drive by returning the second-half kickoff 41 yards to set up the Chargers at their own 42 yard line, then was the workhorse on the drive when his number was called on six of the nine plays.

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Dana Hills (2-1), which came in averaging 50 points a game, got its offense in gear on its next two possessions, thanks to senior quarterback Trent Mason. On the Dolphins' ensuing possession following Masaniai's score, Mason had big runs on key keepers, including a 12-yard a gain on a third-and-nine play. On the next play, Chris Kearney scored out of the I-formation and Brenden Beckley's kick cut the Chargers' lead to 27-14 with 2:51 left in the third quarter.

Edison marched right back, moving from its own 15 out to the Dana Hills 27 yard line. The drive stalled, however, when Tanner Denso sacked Chargers quarterback Chase Favreau — the Dolphins' only sack of the game. On fourth down, Favreau threw incomplete and Dana Hills took over. A couple of keepers by Mason, followed by a pass interference call on the Chargers put the Dolphins at the Edison 40 with 9:12 left in the fourth quarter. Mason then broke several tackles on a quarterback draw to get 15 more yards and put the ball at the 25. The drive ended six plays later when running back Tyler Shirozono scored on a three-yard run. With Beckley adding the point after, Dana Hills was now within 27-21 with half the fourth quarter to go.

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