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.